How do I know if I’m eligible for Springboard funding?
You are eligible for the Springboard Ireland scheme if you are unemployed, a Returner (previously referred to as a Homemaker), in employment, or formerly self-employed, and you meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement. As a Returner you can apply to all courses if you meet the nationality and visa requirements, along with the residency criteria. If you’re unemployed or formerly self-employed, all of Galway Business School’s Springboard courses online 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 Springboard funding, all course participants must be able to prove they have lived in the state for three of the last five 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 Galway 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 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.
- You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of a European Union citizen.
- You have humanitarian leave to remain in Ireland, or
- You 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 but 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 be living in the state to be eligible to do the course.