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School Books Grant Scheme

A grant scheme is available in Ireland for students in State primary and post-primary schools to help with the cost of school books. The scheme is mainly aimed at pupils from low-income families and families experiencing financial hardship. Funding for this scheme comes from the Department of Education and Science and the scheme is administered in each school by the School Principal.

More about the School Books Grant Scheme in Primary Schools and the Post Primary Schools

Students that may be eligible for assistance include;

  • Families dependent mainly dependent on social welfare payments
  • Families on low incomes, (e.g., those receiving Family Income Supplement, and beneficiaries under the Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear Allowance)
  • Families experiencing financial hardship because of particular circumstances.(For example, where there is prolonged illness of a parent/guardian, addiction problems, etc.)
Be aware that even if you or your parent/guardian is entitled to a medical card, this does not mean that you are automatically entitled to assistance under the scheme. The School principal has total discretion in deciding which students are most in need. In addition, the amount and form of assistance given to eligible pupils is a matter for individual schools subject to the terms of the scheme.
Further information about the operation of the scheme in your child's school is available from the School Principal. Applications for assistance under the scheme should be made directly to the School Principal