University College Dublin
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Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents - Financial Aid

Please visit our Funding for Canadian citizens and residents web page.

Students of UCD who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for loans funded by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Student Loan Program. The Canadian Student Loan Program provides loans and grants to eligible full and part-time students with demonstrated financial need with the exception of students who are residents of Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. These provinces and territories have their own student financial assistance programs.

US Citizens or Permanent Residents - Financial Aid

Please visit our Funding for US citizens and residents web page.


University College Dublin is approved by the US Department of Education to certify loans under the ‘William D. Ford Direct Loan’ Program. Under the new Program, eligible students can obtain Subsidized & Unsubsidized Direct loans and also Direct PLUS loans.  Federally supported loans will be made by the US Department of Education rather than by a private lender/bank.

Students who are not eligible for federal loans may apply for credit-based private loans to help finance their education at UCD. However we advise all students to apply for federal loans before applying for private loans.

Please bear in mind that US Federal Government regulations for foreign schools differ to those for US schools and that the process we follow is in compliance with those regulations.

Before beginning the application process, please take note that the financial aid process at non-US institutions is very different to that at American colleges and universities. Allow plenty of time for processing of these loans, as the process can take up to 6 weeks and sometimes longer, from start to finish. If an application is not made well in advance of the start of the academic term, money may not be available when the student arrives at UCD.