Student Services Office
Student Assistance Fund – this fund is closed for this academic session.
The Student Services Office is located in Croi Building (C113) over the canteen.
The team comprises of Cynthia O'Hea and Patricia Doyle.
Appointments can be made at the Student Information Desk (SID) based in our Library, 1st Floor, Fios Building / Block F.
Opening Hours 9.15am-5pm.
Phone no: 01 8851592
Fax no: 01 8851001
What Services do we provide ?
The Student Services office provides a range of financial, academic and personal support for students attending ITB.
The Student Services Office staff are available to meet with any student who has individual difficulties. The Service aims to provide both advice and practical supports in a wide variety of circumstances.
Student Service is totally confidential and is free to all registered students.
Community Guard on Campus
Our Community Guard, Keith, will be on campus regularly throughout the year. Keith will be available to students on a drop-in basis in the canteen in the Croí building (Block C) on these dates.
The Department of Education & Skills fund the following programmes which are available to registered full time students at ITB.
The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Government and the European Social Fund, under the National Development Plan 2007-2013. This fund helps to provide financial support to students who need it.
Students should contact the Student Services Office for this assistance.
What areas are covered in the Student Assistance Fund?
The following is a list of expenses which may be available under the Student Assistance Fund:
- Books/Class Materials
- Travel costs associated with your course of study at the Institute.
- Other living expenses (heating, light, food)
- Childcare costs
- Medical expenses
- Travel of an urgent or essential nature
- Family breakdown
- Assistance towards cost incurred in compulsory study abroad where the student is not in a position to cover the cost with parental or other assistance.
What areas are not covered in the Student Assistance Fund?
Funding is not available under the Student Assistance Fund for the following:
- Tuition fees are not eligible for funding
- A student must be registered in the College and participating on a course of not less than one year duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.
- As a result student on Foundation courses or access programmes are not eligible to apply for this fund.
How to Apply ?
Application is now closed for this academic session
Applicants should complete the application form and return it to the Student Services Officer, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
- Checklist to go with Application
- Student Assistance Fund Application Form 2012/13
- Student Assistance Fund Application Form - Semester 2 (for students who've already made an application in Semester 1)
The Fund for Students with Disabilities is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013.
This fund provides assistance to students who have a medical issue or disability in order to help them to participate in Third Level Education. The Student Support Officer administers the Fund for Students with Disabilities.
What Services does the Fund cover?
This fund provides assistance towards the cost of the provision of equipment and/or services to students who have a medical issue or disability. Services/ equipment which may be funded or provided include specific assistive technology, equipment and support services etc.
Applications for the disability fund have to made through the Student Services Office.
The Hardship fund can also help students who are experiencing financial difficulties throughout their college year. Students who wish to avail of this service should contact the Student Services Officer Cynthia O’Hea
Funding Available from External Organisations
If you are a student in receipt of maintenance grants confirmation of such grants should be forwarded to the Academic Administration Office as soon as you receive them from the VEC or Local Authority.In order to receive payment the first week in November all notifications from your Local Authority must be submitted to the Academic Administration Office by the second week in October. Forms sent in after this date will not be processed until December. All payments are made to your account on the first Friday of each month.
It is important to be aware that the sooner you submit your application form to the relevant Authority, the sooner your Grant application will be processed and approved for payment. This may take a number of weeks so apply immediately!
Studentfinance.ie has detailed, up-to-date information on many sources of funding available to students.
Waiver of Fees
The Waiver of Fees for :
Applications are to be made in writing to the Registrar stating the reasons why they should be entitled to Fee Waiver.
This must be applied for early in the term.
The development of this centre has come from the development of a partnership between the National Training and Development Institute and The Discovery Centre Wales (a centre of expertise in specific learning difficulties) based at ITB.
There has been an increased awareness of adolescents and adults in particular with specific learning difficulties (SLD’s) including Dyslexia, Development Co-Ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), ADHD (attention and concentration difficulties) and Asperger’s Syndrome (a social and communication difficulty) in the part few years. Individuals affected by any of these can have difficulties in some or several of the following areas:
- Dyslexia Support
- Reading Spelling
- Handwriting Study Skills
- Concentration Time Management
- Self-organisation Prioritising and Organising Workload Co-ordination Social Skills and Communication Personal Care Domestic Tasks and Budgeting.
The National Learning Network Assessment Service centre has a professional team on campus including psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educators. The following services are now available:
- Screening of individuals to identify learning preferences and learning difficulties
- A comprehensive assessment service to gain a greater understanding of specific needs and how to support the individual in the college setting and the wider community.
- Student support services include study skills support, independent living skills, communication skills, organisational and planning skills.
Dyslexia Support Tutor is based in the National Learning Network which is located in Block A, Advanced Building at ITB.
Special Assistance for Examinations
Special arrangements can be made for students with special needs at examination time provided sufficient notice is given and is justified by appropriate documentation.
These arrangements can include :
- the provision of a separate room to take examinations
- the availability of an individual to read examination questions
- the provision of additional time in which to complete your examinations
- the provision of a scribe and taping your examinations.
Any student who feels they may need such special arrangement should register with the Student Services Office as early as possible in the first semester.