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.  The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Department of Education and Science under the National Development Plan with assistance from the European Social Fund. 

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 >


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.


Students wishing to apply for the removal of a late fee penalty should apply here.

SAF Form 1 here: SAF Form 1 (May)


Data Protection 

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 they choose to share that data, and their data may be shared with third parties for the purpose of monitoring and reporting on European Social Fund co-financed activities.

What is the Financial Aid Fund?

Learn more about the financial aid fund.

The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2014-2020 . Investing in Your Future.