The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support to full- or part-time students in undergraduate or postgraduate courses who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.
The Student Assistance Fund supports students who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the day-to-day expenses associated with attending college, or who encounter unforeseen circumstances resulting in short or longer-term financial difficulties, (e.g. family difficulties, bereavement, accidents or health problems).
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). The Student Assistance Fund is allocated to higher education institutions (HEIs) as part of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015 - 2021.
The Student Assistance Fund is expected to open again for the academic year 2022/23 on the 3rd of October at 12 noon, funds pending.
The link to apply will appear on this page when the application is open.
Who is not eligible to:
Please Note: Only one application per academic year is accepted
The average time for applications to be assessed is 4-6 weeks due to our rigorous assessment process. Assessment outcomes may very depending on the application. You will receive an update on your application from email@example.com once it has been assessed.
Please see below for the possible outcomes:
Note: emails from firstname.lastname@example.org might go into your spam/junk E-mail inbox, please check these regularly.
If you are in receipt of the SUSI grant:
You must include all the financial documentation for whom ever contributed to your family income for the full 52 weeks of 2021
You will also be required to submit a Bank Statement from September 2022 onwards.
You are required to write a personal statement indicating why you are in need of the Student Assistance Fund.
The SAF is available to assist students who are unable to meet costs associated with day - day participation in higher education, including:
Funding is not available to assist students with the costs of tuition fees, registration fees, student loans or any costs that are borne by the HEI.