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Student Assistance Fund

About the Fund

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) 2022-2023 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. Please note 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 SAF will open at 2pm on September 14th and close on the 31st October 2022.

Students whose application is successful  must meet the following conditions in order to receive payment:

  • Fully registered
  • Applicants must have €1500 of their fees paid by 31st October 2022 or have a payment plan established in order to receive their payment.

(Fee Payment Deadlines: 50% of Fees are due by 31st October 2022 and the balance is due by 15th January 2023)

Please see Fees and Grants payment deadlines and information on how to pay here: https://lit.ie/grants-and-fees/payment-deadlines

  • Complete the application form and ensure your details are entered correctly (ie. Applying under the correct name and student number if using a shared computer)
  • 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 no longer accepting paper documents.
  • 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 TUS in line with our Data Retention Schedule and in accordance with the requirements of the HEA. TUS 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.

  • A registered HEAR student.

  • 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.

  • 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, are now residing at an address in the State and enrolled on an authorised transition programme during 2022/2023.

Applications that meet the above eligibility will be considered for funding.

Successful applicants must also have €1500 of their fees paid by 31st October 2022 or have a payment plan established with TUS Grants and Fees Office in order to receive their payment.

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​

  1. Students must meet the eligibility criteria to apply to the Student Assistance Fund.

  2. Read through the FAQ section

  3. Complete the SAF Application Form online.

  4. All supporting documentation must be submitted online. 

 

Documentation checklist

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)

  • Letter from the Minister of Justice Stating that you have been granted permission to reside in the State pursuant of section 60 of the international Protection Act 2015. ​

If you have any queries in regards the fund, please email SAF@lit.ie