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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. 

The form is available on your personal Accommodation and Welfare Connect page.

Financial aid form on Accommodation website

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All students considering applying to the Financial Aid Fund should read the FAQs at 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.

It is strongly recommended that you  attend one of the following short 30 minute information sessions on How to apply for the Financial Aid Fund which will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, 19th September from 1.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building
Wednesday, 20th September – 1.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.  in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building
Thursday, 21st September – 1.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. . in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building


  • 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.

Semester 1 Dates:

Applications Open

11th September 2017

Applications Close

2nd October 2017 at 12.00 noon

Students emailed about the outcome of the decision on their application

20th October 2017

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 months of current transactions 
Copy of Medical Card     

On or before 10th November 2017 by 12 noon

Applications will be deemed incomplete if these documents are not received on time by us.

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

8th December 2017

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