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Student Assistance Fund

Student Assistance Fund 2017 - 2018

The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Social Fund.

The objective of the Fund is to provide financial support to undergraduate or postgraduate students in need of such support. The fund is intended to support students whose participation in higher education would otherwise be at risk as a direct result of financial difficulties.

The fund is designed to support students from socio-economically disadvantaged back grounds with ongoing needs for financial support.  The fund also 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).

Application to the Fund is open to registered students on courses of not less than one year's duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.

  • Students who link into a semester
  • Students on courses that do not lead to an undergraduate 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.

In order to process applications, please ensure the following:

Applications must be accompanied by the required documentation. This may include a P21, certificate of receipt of Social Welfare payment or a Notice of Assessment. Students who are experiencing difficulty with financial documentation should contact the Access Office at for assistance.

Please note that funding is not available to assist with the following types of costs:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Servicing student loans

A confirmation email will be sent to your student email account on submission of an application.

SAF Application Form