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The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.  

Financial Aid Fund


The Student Assistance Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies.  The Financial Aid Fund comprises the Student Assistance Fund and an additional contribution from the University.  

Support from the Financial Aid Fund takes into account a students financial situation and other personal circumstances.  A standardised assessment system is used to determine the level of need and aid.  The ability to support a student depends on the size of the fund available, the number of applications and the circumstances of the applicants in any given year.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Learn important tips about making an application to the Financial Aid Fund.

FAQs >

Important dates of Financial Aid Applications

To apply to the financial aid fund, please follow the link at:
On the login screen input your student ID and CASS password. 
On the Connect Homescreen click the link for the Financial Aid Fund Form in the Forms Panel.  
Incomplete forms may not be saved.  You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.

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Important dates for Financial Aid Fund Applicants

Semester 1 Dates:

Applications Open

17th September 2018

Applications Close

1st October 2018 at 12.00 noon

Students emailed about the outcome of the decision on their application

19th October 2018

Deadline for SAF Form 1 and supporting documentation.   Supporting documentation must reflect the information supplied online by the student, e.g. if income is stated as 8500 then the confirmation of income (P60, P21 or payslip) must reflect this.   Should there be a discrepancy then your allocated amount may be reduced.

On or before 23rd November 2018 by 12 noon

Payment of allocated funds for students who submitted all paperwork on time  

December 7th update:

The majority of eligible FAF applicants (full-time courses) have now had their funding transferred to their accounts. Processing of further eligible payments will be issued on/before Friday 14th and Friday 21st December, in the order in which the required documents / paperwork was received and validated. 

Incomplete or late documentation will result in later payment.

Part-time course applicants have been emailed today.

Please contact the Accommodation and Welfare Office (091) 493586 if you require information or support.

7th December 2018

Student who are deemed eligible for funding will be required to provide us with:

  • Confirmation of parents/guardians income (P60, P21 or payslip)
  • Confirmation of applicants income (P60, P21 or payslip)                
  • Confirmation of Social Welfare payment to parents/guardians
  • Confirmation of Social Welfare payment to applicants
  • Proof of children’s ages (e.g. birth certs)
  • Original Bank Statement showing name, address and a least 6 months of current transactions 
  • Copy of Medical Card
  • Receipts

Applications will be deemed incomplete if these documents are not received on time by us.  Documentation should be submitted in person or by post to Accommodation & Welfare Office, NUI Galway - emailed copies will not be accepted.

Terms and Conditions

The University reserves the right to vary or alter, amend, revoke or recover any aspect or payment made under this scheme at its discretion.



All students considering applying to the Financial Aid Fund should read the FAQs here to find information on who is eligible to apply, how to apply and important information about the application process.   Application to the financial aid fund is open to registered students on courses of not less than one year in duration.  Funding is not available for students to assist with the costs of tuition fees, registration fees, the student levy (€224) or student loans.

What is the Financial Aid Fund?

Learn more about the financial aid fund.

Data Protection

Under GDPR your personal data collected as part of the application process may be processed for the purposes of coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the operation of the Fund and to comply with European Union requirements.    This personal data may include personally sensitive data where you choose to share that data and your data may be shared with third parties for monitoring and reporting on European Social Fund co-financed activities.