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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 closed for the academic year 2021/22. It will be expected to open again in the next college year 2022/23 funds pending.



  • Full-time and Part-time registered students on courses of not less than one year's duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.

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




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 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 financial documentation for whom ever contributed to your family income for the full 52 weeks of 2020

  • P21 Statement of Liability for 2020
  • A Notice of Assessment from the Inspector of Taxes for the year ended 31st December 2019 or 2020
  • A statement from the Department of Social Protection outlining details of all social welfare income for the year ended 31st December 2020
  • A statement from the relevant Pension Provider for 2020

You will also be required to submit a Bank Statement from September 2021 onwards. 

Other Documentation 

You are required to write a personal statement indicating why you are in need of the Student Assistance Fund.


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