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Student Services - Financial Help For Students - Student Assistance Fund

What is the Student Assistance Fund?
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) 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.

Ireland's EU Structural Fund and European Social Fund

Am I Eligible to Apply?

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 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 1st October 2018. Closing date for completed applications 19th October 2018 at 5pm.
  • Applications to the Fund open again on 7th January 2018.  Closing date for completed applications is Thursday 31st January 2019 at 5pm
  • You may apply once for the funding in 2018/2019 (October or January).
  • You are welcome to apply a second time to the Fund if your circumstances change and you find yourself in financial difficulty.

How do I Apply?

  • Complete an application form for the Student Assistance Fund can be downloaded >> Here <<
  • Student Assistance Fund Guidelines can be downloaded >> Here <<
  • Student Assistance Fund Guidelines (St. Angela's College) - can be downloaded >>Here<<
  • Make sure to enclose all relevant documentation with your application see application form for details
  • All first time applicants to the fund must meet with Una Roberts the Student Services Officer to ensure your application is complete (Aras Brid Room 207). Other students are also welcome to meet the Student Services officer to go through their application. Email to request an appointment.

What Happens to my Application?

  • Applications for the first round of funding closes at 5pm on 19th October 2018.  If your application has been successful, payment will be made at the end of November
  • Applications for the second round of funding close at 5pm on 31st January 2019.  If your application has been successful, payment will be made at the end of February 2019
  • All completed applications are brought before the Welfare Committee (College Registrar, Access Officer, Student 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.

Please note that Funds are limited. Not all applications are awarded funding. The Student Assistance fund is a means tested fund

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