Third-level students and staff are to be given free antigen tests on campus.
The Government is to announce a €9 million fund for colleges to provide the tests.
Last week, the Government abandoned plans to subsidise antigen tests, saying many retail outlets had started offering them at a cheaper rate already.
Higher education institutes will be able to apply to the Department for funding to supply antigen tests to students on campus free of charge.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris says students have been asking for assistance with the cost of tests.
An awareness campaign will also be rolled out to show how to use the tests properly.