Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. Students can apply for Student Assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the Student Grant.

The Student Assistance Fund is not available in further education/PLC colleges.

To work out whether you may be eligible for the Fund you need to be aware of the main conditions of the programme.

Eligible Expenses for Student Assistance

 The Student Assistance Fund typically provides financial assistance to students who are having difficulty covering the following kinds of expenses:

  • Books
  • Class materials
  • Rent
  • Heating/lighting bills
  • Food
  • Travel of an urgent or essential nature
  • Medical expenses, i.e. doctor or dental visits
  • Expenses associated with family breakdown
  • Expenses associated with bereavement
  • Expenses associated with accidents
  • Childcare
  • Compulsory study abroad

This is not a definitive list.

 How to Apply

 Currently, each participating institution decides how the Student Assistance Fund will be operated at local level, within the overall guidelines set by the Department of Education and Science. The application process may vary therefore between participating institutions.

All colleges have an application form which must be completed by students wishing to apply for Student Assistance.

In general, due to demand for Student Assistance, participating colleges are not able to approve all applications they receive.

Further information on the Student Assistance Fund can be found at studentfinance.ie

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