Government changes to the rules for third-level support for asylum-seekers mean five times as many applications have succeeded.
In 2019 only five students qualified for the Student Universal Support Scheme (Susi), but after an official review of the scheme, 25 students were accepted in 2020.
Minister for Further Education, Simon Harris, said the scheme had been “too restrictive” in the past.
It had required applicants to have spent at least three years in an Irish school, and to have completed the Leaving Certificate.
Now that changes have been made, students just need to have been in Ireland for a total of three years, and have been accepted in principle for a third-level course.