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. 

Click here to access the application form.

All students considering applying to the Financial Aid Fund should read the FAQs at http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/accommodation/financial-matters/saf-form-1/faq/ to find information on who is eligible to apply, how to apply and important information about the application process.   All students must be fully registered which includes payment of the student levy of €224 to be deemed eligible to apply for financial aid or fee consideration.  There is no financial support provided for the student levy of 224. This must be paid in full by the student prior to applying for consideration.

Disqualification where Fund has been abused
Students who are found to abuse the scheme by giving false information or omitting to advise of changes of circumstances should be disqualified from all further support from the Fund.  The institution should endeavour to recoup the payment made in such cases.


 What happens if you need to repeat exams but can’t afford the repeat exam fee?   You may still sit the Repeat Exams. However, you will not be allowed to register for the following academic year if the Repeat Exam Fee is not paid by 31st August 2016. Please note that your exam results will not be available if there are any outstanding Fees.

There is limited support available to those students who have already applied to the Financial Aid Fund, and who have been assessed to be the most in need of financial support. If you have previously received funding from the Financial Aid Fund, and it has been confirmed that you must repeat your exam/assessment/assignment/coursework, you can apply for a Fee Waiver at: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg5a1dc .

Application for a Fee Waiver must be submitted during the period from 15th June to 18th August 2017, which is the final date of the repeat examinations. The Fee Waiver will only apply to a subset of those students who have been judged to be most in need.  Students will be advised the outcome of their application for a fee waiver on 30th August.

Should your situation have deteriorated during the academic year, and you have not made an application previously to the Financial Aid Fund, you may make an application during the Repeat Exam period by visiting the Accommodation and Welfare Office, where you will be assessed for support. Please be aware that your application for a Fee Waiver may not be successful. 

If your application for a Repeat Fee Waiver is successful the fee will be transferred to the Fees Office and you will not be required to take any further action.


Students should apply for late fee appeals at http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg59ebb

Schedule of late fee appeals:

1.       01/06/17 to 30/06/17      with review by Fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/07/17

2.       01/07/17 to 31/08/17      July / August together with review by fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/09/17

Students who have queries in relation to fees should email feesnuigalway.ie

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