Springboard+ Programme Eligibility FAQs

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FAQs - Eligibility - Springboard Courses in Galway

Posted 27 December

Our Springboard courses are proving very popular, but there are still places available, so please do get your application in as soon as possible. Before you do though, you might find that these most frequently asked questions about your eligibility for Springboard+ programmes will help you plan your next steps.

The information in these FAQs and answers are correct to the best of our knowledge. We enclose links to the official Springboard course guidance where we think it’s important to refer to the official Springboard body.

On this page: Springboard+ Programme Eligibility FAQS

See also:

Springboard funding FAQs

How to choose which Springboard course is right for you - FAQs

Springboard course applications - FAQs

How the Springboard programme is delivered - FAQs

How do I know if I’m eligible for Springboard funding? 

You are an eligible participant if you are unemployed, a Returner, in employment, or formerly self-employed, and you meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement. A Returner was previously referred to as a Homemaker. As a returner, you can apply to all courses if you meet the nationality and visa requirements and residency criteria. If you’re unemployed or formerly self-employed, all of Galway Business School’s Springboard courses are available to you.

I am an Irish citizen. Do I have to show proof of residency?

Yes, Irish nationals must provide proof of residency. Galway Business School must ensure all applicants satisfy the residency requirements in order to further submit this documentation to HEA. 

In order to qualify for the Springboard funding, all course participants must be able to prove that they have lived in the state for 3 of the last 5 years regardless of nationality. This is merely a formality and you can prove this by submitting utility bills, bank statements or payslips or any other official document that would display your residency in the country within the timeframe required.

Springboard programmes are open to suitably qualified applicants who have EU, EEA, UK or Swiss nationality. Additionally, subject to fulfilling all criteria, you can apply if you have to following other statuses:    

  • Official refugee status (subject to a three-year residency requirements) which can include the time from when you officially submitted your application papers for refugee status. This also includes a family members of a refugee.
  • People who have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of a European Union citizen.
  • People who have humanitarian leave to remain in Ireland, or
  • People who are not of EU, EEA, UK or Swiss nationality, but who are legally entitled to work full time in Ireland without needing an employment permit (See Stamp 4 question below).

I’m Irish, I live in the UK, can I do the course? 

 No. All course participants must be living in Ireland at the time of course commencement. You must meet certain residency requirements and living in the state to be eligible to do the course is mandatory.

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I’m a housewife, I took a career break am I eligible and how can I prove my eligibility for a Springboard programme?

If you are a housewife, you are now considered as a Returner. Returners must meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above, meaning be ordinarily resident in the state for at least three of the five years preceding your entry to the programme.

You must be able to show that you have been a returner for 9 of the last 12 months to be eligible. Applicants should sign a declaration before a Commissioner of Peace to ascertain their status. The form can be downloaded here https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Returners%20(2020).pdf

As a Returner, you must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding your entry to the programme.

I have a stamp 4. Can I apply for the Springboard courses?

Yes, you can, but you must satisfy the required residency status to have been resident in Ireland or in an EU, EEA, UK or Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding entry onto the programme. The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.

You can read further details about Springboard+ programme eligibility, particularly to do with nationality and residency status here: https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

I am on a 1G visa, am I eligible?

You are not eligible if you hold a Stamp 1G visa, but you can still apply for this course paying the applicable fees. You can check eligibility criteria here: https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

I know I am not eligible for Springboard, but can I still book a course?

Yes! You can still apply for any of the programmes offered by Galway Business School under the Springboard initiative by paying the applicable fees. You'll be very welcome on our programmes.

 If you have any different questions, or you’re uncertain in any way, please do get in touch with us. We’re happy to help you. Below you’ll find more FAQs that might answer your questions.

Jump to our other Springboard course FAQs: 

Springboard funding FAQs

How to choose which Springboard course is right for you - FAQs

Springboard course applications - FAQs

How the Springboard programme is delivered - FAQs