Student Assistance Fund

Student Assistance Fund for 2022

Applications are opening on Wednesday 14th September at 2 pm.

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and co-funded by the Irish Government. The SAF is allocated to higher education institutes (HEIs).

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for students who are experiencing financial difficulty whilst attending college. The fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition to the SUSI grant.

Application to the Fund is open to full-time and part-time registered students on a course of not less than one year's duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. Applicants must meet the application eligibility criteria. Funding is not available under this fund for the cost of tuition or registration fees.

International/non-EU fee paying students are not eligible for funding. However, students who are non-EU nationals, but who are eligible for free or reduced fees in line with the criteria for the Free Fees Initiative, may be considered for the SAF subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Application for 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.

Unfortunately not all applications will be successful due to limited funds. Students who apply to the fund are assessed on an individual and confidential basis.

The purpose of the Student Assistance Fund is to provide support to full-time and part-time registered students of AIT who may be experiencing extreme financial difficulties/ have experienced a major change of circumstances.

The application process:

Complete the online application form and upload your documentation. Make sure you click the SUBMIT button at the end of the form.

The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide you with information about the fund. You need to read these before you make an application and before you submit documentation.

Frequently asked Questions:

  • Who can apply for the SAF?

    Full-time and part-time registered students on courses that lead to a higher education award at level 6 to 10 of the national framework of qualifications are eligible to apply for the SAF.

    To be eligible to apply to the Student Assistance Fund, students must be in receipt of one of the categories below and evidence must be provided. 

    • In receipt of a SUSI grant or awaiting the outcome of their application e.g. fees only or maintenance grant
    • In receipt of a means tested social welfare payment or be dependent upon spouse/partners means tested social welfare payment
    • Dependent on parent(s)/legal guardian, who are in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment
    • Registered HEAR (Higher Entry Access Route) student of TUS (applied on CAO to AIT)
    • 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)
    • Irish Nationals who were attending a Higher Education Institution in Ukraine during the 2021/2022 academic year; and have now returned to Ireland due to the conflict, and enrolled on an authorised transition programme during 2022/2023.
  • How do I apply for the SAF?

    You complete the online application form (paper application form discontinued) and then you upload your supporting documentation. The Access Office is not accepting hard copies of documentation. It must be uploaded with your application.

    Make sure to write your name and student number on your documentation. Click here to access the Student Assistance Fund application form.

  • How will my SAF application be assessed?

    Each application form is assessed by a sub group of the Student Assistance Fund Committee on an individual and confidential basis. The committee will assess applications based on the application submitted and evidence provided

  • What documentation should I provide for the SAF?

    You need to provide details of your income to support your SAF application. Your application cannot be assessed without documentation.

    Write your name and student number on the documentation that you are submitting.

    DOCUMENTATION MUST BE UPLOADED WITH YOUR APPLICATION

    You need to provide one or more of the following documents for your SAF application, whichever applies to your situation:

    SUSI award letter or email

    Screen shot of SUSI account showing application status

    Proof of your own Social Welfare payments (Mature students)

    Proof of your Parent(s)/Guardian/Spouse/Partners Social Welfare Payments

    Confirmation that you are a HEAR student

    You can request a Dept of Social Protection Statement online.

    You can request a P21 online.

    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.