The Student Assistance Fund is available to help with costs such as:

  • books and class materials
  • rent and other utility bills
  • food
  • essential travel
  • childcare costs
  • medical costs

The above list is not exhaustive, however it is important that the nature of the expenditure for which assistance is being provided is clearly identified.

Tuition fees, registration fees, student loan repayments or any costs borne by your college are not covered by the Student Assistance Fund.

Students on full- or part-time courses leading to a higher education award (National Framework of Qualifications level 6-10) in Irish universities, institutes of technology and other approved colleges can apply.

Part-time students who are lone parents are encouraged to apply as additional funding has been made available to support this group. Support from the Student Assistance Fund may also be available to students studying for a Professional Master of Education, for example to cover the cost of school placements.

Which colleges participate in the Student Assistance Fund? 

  • Universities
  • Institutes of technology
  • Other colleges

If you are in financial difficulty, you should contact the access or student services office in your college for more information on how to apply for the Student Assistance Fund. It is important to apply as soon as you can. Some colleges have a closing date for applications and you should check when this is.

The Student Assistance Fund is administered on a strictly confidential basis by your college. Any information you provide as part of your application is protected under the data protection regulations of your college.

Your college will advise you on the documentation needed to support your application to the Student Assistance Fund. This may include proof of your own or your parents’ income, as appropriate, and receipts for costs such as rent, bills or childcare.

Your individual circumstances and financial means will be taken into consideration by your college when assessing your application to the Student Assistance Fund. Final decisions on awards may be taken by a small committee, including the access officer and student welfare officer.

Funding amounts vary and will be determined by your college following an assessment process.