Social support

Scholarships & Grants 

DGES Scholarship 

The grant is an annual cash payment to cover the costs of attending a course or carrying out a compulsory work placement, awarded by the State on a non-repayable basis if the student’s household does not have sufficient minimum financial resources. 

Scholarships for students with a disability of 60% or more 

Scholarships for students with disabilities are a measure of inclusion for knowledge, aimed at promoting access to higher education for citizens with special needs.



Living in a residence can be an enriching experience and facilitate integration into the academic environment, thanks to the quality of the facilities, the affordable price and the privileged location.

The residences are primarily intended for displaced students who have been awarded a grant by the Directorate-General for Education.

The residences can also accommodate non-scholarship students on mobility, teachers, researchers and visitors who have been displaced from their place of residence.

Future IPCA residences 

In Barcelos 

Located 5 minutes from the campus, the residence has 62 beds, including 2 for people with reduced mobility, a kitchen, study room, internet access and laundry service.

In BCric 

Located on campus, the residence will have 133 beds, including 3 for people with reduced mobility, a kitchen, study room, internet access and laundry service.

While the residences are not available, you can check the SASocial platform for private accommodation offers. 


The IPCA Social Services (SAS IPCA) guarantee the provision of meals to the entire academic community through the dining facilities on campus and in the centres.

SAS IPCA guarantees a well-balanced meal, a varied menu and preparation in accordance with all hygiene and sanitary standards, and at social prices. 

The basic social meal served in the canteen consists of soup, a dish (meat, fish or vegetarian), bread, dessert (fruit, jelly), juice or water.

Alternative light meals and cafeteria meals are served in the bars.

The academic community can also choose to bring their own meals from home, with special areas (pantries) for them to enjoy.

Students from other public universities and other users can also request access to IPCA’s dining facilities by contacting Social Action Services.


Psychological Service 

Promoting the health and well-being of the entire academic community is a priority and our mission.

The mission of the Psychology Service is to contribute to the holistic development and improvement of the well-being of students: 

  • Psychological counselling (free / face-to-face and online).
  • Welcoming and supporting students with special educational needs.
  • Actions to promote well-being and healthy lifestyles.

Psychological support is available throughout the year.

Appointments can be made by emailing 

Other support 

SAS IPCA also provides other direct and indirect social support to help students from the most vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds to continue their studies. 

Emergency Fund 

This is a measure designed to deal with emerging situations of serious economic hardship among IPCA students, particularly those from households with average incomes on the periphery of the current hardship threshold, or other situations not covered by the scholarship awarding process, which could affect their academic career or even their livelihood.

Employee Scholarship 

This is a social support programme in which students are given practical experience in a real-life context that favours the development of transversal and technical skills, and receive financial support according to the number of hours of collaboration provided.

Incentive for international students 

This is a measure aimed at welcoming and properly integrating students with international status, under the terms of Decree-Law No. 36/2014 of 10 March, as amended by Decree-Law No. 62/2018 of 6 August, and corresponds to a 50% reduction in the tuition fee applicable to international students, based on an assessment of the socio-economic condition of the household.