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
- Funds are limited
- 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 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 14th September 2020. Closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 5pm.
- Applications to the Fund open again on Monday 4th January 2021. Closing date for completed applications is Thursday 28th January 2021 at 5pm
- You may apply once for the funding in 2020/2021 (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 a Student Assistant Fund Application Form 2020-2021
- Read through the Student Assistant Fund Guidelines 2020-2021
- Make sure to enclose all relevant documentation with your application - see application form for details
- Please email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens to my application?
- Applications for the first round of funding closes at 5pm on 28th October 2020. If your application has been successful, payment will be made in December.
- Applications for the second round of funding close at 5pm on 28th January 2021. If your application has been successful, payment will be made at the end of February 2021.
- 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.