Student Assistance Fund
Financial aid for students is known as the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) and provides financial support to students who are experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education. The SAF is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
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 Student Assistance fund is a means tested fund. However, please apply if you are in financial difficulty as all applications are considered on a case by case basis. Priority for funding is given to those students in most financial need.
- If you are in a financial emergency, please complete the online form (see link below) and contact Una Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
- Funds are limited so apply as early as possible in the academic year
- Not all applications are awarded funding
Am I eligible to apply for the Student Assistant Fund?
You are eligible to apply for the fund if you are:
- A full-time student or part time student registered with St Angela’s college. You must be participating on a third level course of at least one year’s duration, leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification (NFQ level 6-10). Please note you must be registered for the current academic year to be considered for funding
- Experiencing acute or unexpected financial hardship
- Eligible for free fees or EU fees (International / non-EU fee paying students are not eligible for funding)
- PhD students are funded for years 1-4.
What costs are eligible for funding?
You can apply for funds to help you pay for:
- 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. broadband costs, mobile phone data plans, that are required to enable students to continue and participate in teaching and learning and/or complete examinations
- Essential travel for College
- Childcare costs associated with studying/attendance at lectures
- Medical costs
- Family difficulties e.g. bereavement
- Other financial emergency or difficulty
The above list is not exhaustive.
Students and/or their families who have been impacted financially by Covid 19 are eligible to apply for financial help. You must provide evidence of your financial difficulty and explain its impact on your third level studies.
What costs are not covered?
Tuition fees, registration fees, student loan repayments or any costs borne by your institution are not covered by SAF.
When can I apply for the fund?
- Applications to the Fund open Monday 6th September 2021. Closing date for completed online applications is Wednesday 27th October 2021 at 5pm.
- Applications to the Fund open again on Monday 3rd January 2022. Closing date for completed online applications is Thursday 27th January 2022.
- You may apply once for the funding in 2021/2022 (September or January). Please apply as early as possible in the academic year as funds are limited.
- You are welcome to apply a second time to the Fund if your circumstances change and you find yourself in further financial difficulty.
- If you are in a financial emergency, please complete the online form immediately and contact Una Roberts email@example.com
How do I apply?
- Read through the St. Angela's College SAF Guidelines 2021-2022
- Complete a Student Assistance Fund Online Form
- Make sure to upload all relevant documentation with your application - the information about documents is listed below (in the next FAQ). Also see Application Form for details.
What Documents do I need?
You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application to the Student Assistance Fund.
Some or all of the documents below may be required depending on your circumstances.
- All students must supply the documents in this first section:
- Your recent Bank Statement showing at least 6 weeks of current transactions (e.g. Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb).
The bank statement or transactions document must show the transactions in the account, the balance in the account and your name.
Please use a PC or laptop, not a phone, to provide this document.
- Receipts for rent or travel due to your attendance at College
AND / OR
Receipts for other expenses claimed in your application e.g. Books/Academic Materials, Childcare, Heating/Electricity/Broadband receipts/medical receipts
Please note only expenses relating to the costs of attending/studying for your college course will be considered
- If you are a dependent student (under 23 years starting in year 1 of your course):
- Evidence of your Parents/Guardians income (one or both parents/guardians)
- Evidence of 2021 SUSI letter detailing your grant and your family income
- Confirmation of both parents’/guardians income (Statement of Earnings (P60) OR Statement of Liability (P21) OR current payslip)
- Confirmation of Social Welfare payment to parents/guardians
- Evidence of your own student income (if applicable)
- Copy of your own Medical Card
- Evidence of your SUSI grant (letter or email from SUSI)
- Confirmation of student’s own income (Statement of Earnings for 2020 (P60) OR Statement of Liability for 2020 (P21) OR current payslip)
- Confirmation of student’s own Social Welfare payment
- Evidence of spouse/partner’s income (if applicable)
- Evidence of Susi letter showing partner's income
- Confirmation of spouse/partners income (Statement of Earnings for 2020 (P60) OR Statement of Liability for 2020 (P21) or current payslip) OR social welfare payments.
What happens to my application?
- Applications for the first round of funding closes at 5pm on 27th October 2021. If your application has been successful, payment will be made in December.
- Applications for the second round of funding close at 5pm on 27th January 2022. If your application has been successful, payment will be made at the end of February 2022.
- All completed applications are brought before the Welfare Committee (College Registrar, Access Officer, Student Union Welfare Officer, Student Services Officer) to allocate funding.
- The Committee may require further clarification or interview in relation to aspects of the application
- Applicants will receive written notification on the decision of the Committee as soon as possible and successful applicants will be emailed about collecting their cheques from Student Services office. Students must sign for cheques as this receipt is required for Audit purposes.