Student Assistance Fund
I am registered on an approved course and am receiving a student grant. Can I also get the Student Assistance Fund?
You are eligible to apply. Your grant will be taken into account by your college in assessing your needs. The decision on your application will be taken by the college based on the information you provide (and, if necessary, verify).
How much Student Assistance funding is available to a student?
Amounts approved under the fund will vary, depending on factors such as the needs of each individual applicant and the overall level of demand for the fund in the college.
I am repeating a year of college and am registered on an approved course. Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund?
Yes, being a repeat student (registered) does not preclude you from making application to the fund, however please note that the fund cannot be used to pay for tuition fees.
Can I apply to the Student Assistance Fund if I am participating in an Access/Foundation course?
No. Eligible applicants must be registered on a higher education course of at least one year's duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.
I am a full-time student in a college of further education. Can I apply for the Student Assistance Fund?
No. The SAF is available in higher education institutions only. Application for maintenance grants can be made by further education students on approved, full-time Post-Leaving Certificate courses.
I am registered on an approved course and am receiving additional support under the Fund for Students with Disabilities. Am I eligible to apply for the Student Assistance Fund?
Can I apply for Student Assistance at any time in the academic year?
This depends on the way your college manages the fund. All colleges should have funds to assist eligible students with once-off financial ‘emergencies’ that occur during the academic year. However the Student Assistance fund also functions to help students who face ongoing financial difficulties in respect of participating in college. Participating colleges may not have funding available throughout the academic year for this latter category of applicants. If your financial need is relating to this latter category, it is advisable that you make application to the fund as soon as possible after the start of the academic year.
If I am successful in applying for Student Assistance in an academic year, does this mean that I will be supported by the fund in a subsequent academic year?
No. You must re-apply to the college for assistance in the subsequent academic year(s).
If I am successful in applying for Student Assistance, do I need to verify the expenditure/costs which gave rise to my application?
Yes. You will be required to send in/provide receipts to the college to verify that you used the Student Assistance fund for the purposes stated in your application.
If my application to the Student Assistance Fund is not approved by my college, can I appeal the decision?
A number of colleges have an appeals process for applications to the Student Assistance Fund. You should check with your local college fund administrator.
If my application to the Student Assistance Fund is not approved by my college, can I apply again the following academic year?
I am an Irish student enrolling in a higher education institution outside the Republic of Ireland. Can I avail of the Student Assistance Fund?
No, the fund is available only through Irish publicly-funded colleges.
Can students on the new graduate medical entry course apply to the Student Assistance Fund?