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Student Assistance Fund

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.

When to Apply

The Student Assistance Fund is currently now closed for the semester. 


Please remember your username and password is the same one you use for your email and sulis.


Note: You can only apply once per Academic year. 

  • Full-time and Part-time registered students on courses of not less than one year's duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.
  • Persons qualified for protection under Section 60 of the International Protection Act 2015 (including Ukrainian students who are currently registered as Higher Education Students, on approved courses or authorised transition arrangements in approved publicly funded institutions in Ireland) To qualify, the student must have been granted permission to reside in the State by the Minister for Justice pursuant to section 60 of the International Protection Act 2015).The student must be present, and residing at an address in the State, and attending, or intending to pursue, an approved course in the 2022-23 academic year.

Who is not eligible to:

  • Students who link into a semester
  • Students on courses that do not lead to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, such as Foundation or Access courses
  • International students are not eligible for the Student Assistance Fund and are advised to contact the International Office if in need of financial support
  • Non University of Limerick Erasmus students are not eligible for the Student Assistance Fund and are advised to contact their own institution if in need of financial support


Please Note: Only one application per academic year is accepted




Applicants can take many weeks to process due to our rigorous assessment process. Assessment outcomes may very depending on the application. You will receive an update on your application from once it has been assessed.

Please see below for the possible outcomes:

  • Incomplete: Applications that are deemed incomplete are missing vital information for assessment. You will be asked to use the specific link in the email to submit the requested documentation. This will make the assessment time longer than estimated average above. 
  • Awaiting for form of Undertaking confirmation: The Applicant has been deemed eligible. You must follow the link attached to the email and confirm the form of undertaking in order for the payment process to be triggered. It can take up to 4 weeks for the funding to be transferred. 
  • Declined: The Applicant has been deemed ineligible and will no longer be assessed for the fund. 


Note: emails from might go into your spam/junk E-mail inbox, please check these regularly. 

Financial Documentation:

If you are in receipt of the SUSI grant:

  • SUSI: If you are in receipt of the SUSI maintenance grant for the Academic year in which you are applying, then you only need to attach the eligibility letter page 1 and Reckonable income page from the letter page 3.

You must include all the revelent financial documentation for whom ever contributed to your family income for the full 52 weeks of 2021

  • Statement of Liability (formerly P21) for 2021 (other documentation will NOT be accepted e.g Employment Summary detail, form 11, pay slips etc.)
  • A Self Assessment - Chapter 4 from the Inspector of Taxes for the year ended 31st December 2020 or 2021
  • A statement from the Department of Social Protection outlining details of all social welfare income for the year ended 31st December 2021
  • A statement from the relevant Pension Provider for 2021. 
  • Letter from the Minister of Justice Stating that you have been granted permission the reside in the State pursuant of section 60 of the international Protection Act 2015. 

Other Documentation 

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:

  • books and other class material that are required to enable students to continue and participate in teaching and learning and/or complete examinations
  • rent, heating and lighting bills and other utility bills e.g., mobile phone data plans, that are required to enable students to continue and participate in teaching and learning and/or complete examinations
  • food
  • essential travel
  • childcare costs
  • medical costs
  • family difficulties e.g., bereavement
  • Utility Bills e.g. mobile phone bill, internet bill etc. 


Ineligible costs
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.


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