About the Fund
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) 2020-2021 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 (excluding night study). 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.
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.
Applications to the fund are now closed.
Students whose application is successful and in order to receive payment must meet the following conditions:
- Fully registered
- No outstanding registration fees.
- Complete the application form correctly
- Submit the relevant documents online e.g. A copy of your SUSI grant awarding letter or screenshot of your online SUSI account showing your application/status. Proof or copy of your means tested social welfare payment (self/parent/guardian/spouse/partner). We are unable to accept paper documents at this time.
- Please see the FAQ for further information on how to apply.
We will use the data provided on the application form to assess your application for the Student Assistance Fund (SAF). If your application is successful, the data provided will be retained by LIT in line with our Data Retention Schedule and in accordance with the requirements of the HEA. LIT is required to provide SAF data to the HEA for the purposes of coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the operation of the SAF. In the event that your application is not successful, your application will not be retained and will be securely disposed of.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible to apply to the Student Assistance Fund this academic year, students must be in receipt of at least one or more of the following categories and evidence must be provided.
- Students must be in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment or be dependent upon their spouse or partner’s means tested social welfare payment.
- Students who are dependent on their parent(s)/legal guardian, who are in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment.
- Students who are in receipt of a SUSI grant or are awaiting the outcome of their application e.g. fees only or maintenance grant.
- Can demonstrate that they and/or their family have experienced significant financial hardship due to COVID 19, i.e. that the student’s income or the family income has been and continues to be replaced by the Covid 19 payment.
Applications that meet the above eligibility will be considered for funding. Applicants must be fully registered (no outstanding fees) or have an up to date payment arrangement in place with LIT Grants and Fees Office.
PhD students are funded for years 1-4 only. International/non-EU fee paying students are not eligible for funding. Students on courses that do not lead to a higher education award are not eligible to apply for the SAF.
Funding is not available under this fund for the cost of tuition and/or registration fees.
Steps on Applying to the Student Assistance Fund
Students must meet the eligibility criteria to apply to the Student Assistance Fund.
Read through the FAQ section
Complete the SAF Application Form online.
All supporting documentation must be submitted online.
The following documentation, where applicable, must be submitted online, in support of your application. Applications will only be assessed if the relevant supporting documents are submitted, within the application closing date.
• Copy of your SUSI grant awarding letter (e.g. fees only or maintenance grant) or screenshot of your online SUSI account showing your application/status.
• Proof or copy of your means tested social welfare payment (self/parent/guardian/spouse/partner)
If you have any queries in regards the fund, please email SAF@lit.ie