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. 

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.

Please note applicants from Semester 1 are not eligible to apply in Semester 2 unless their circumstances have changed.

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.

Please note the following dates for the Financial Aid Fund, Semester 2, 2016/17

Applications Open.   The online application is available at: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg59db9       

Monday, 16th January

Applications Closed (all applications are online, no paper copies will be accepted)

Monday 30th January at 12.00 noon

Students emailed about the outcome of the decision on their application

Monday, 13th February

If deemed eligible for funding, students should note the deadline for SAF Form 1 and supporting documentation (Note: if all required documentation is not received by this date the offer of funding ceases). 

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

Original Bank Statement showing name, address and a least 6 weeks of current transactions 
Copy of Medical Card    


On or before Monday 6th March by 12 noon


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.

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

Thursday, 30th March.


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

Schedule of late fee appeals:

1.       01/02/17 to 28/02/17      with review by Fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/03/17

2.       01/03/17 to 31/03/17      with review by Fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/04/17

3.       01/04/17 to 30/04/17      with review by Fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/05/17

4.       01/05/17 to 31/05/17      with review by Fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/06/17

5.       01/06/17 to 30/06/17      with review by Fees Office and students notified of outcome by 10/07/17

6.       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