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 for the last time on Thursday 18th February 2021. Closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 10th March 2021
- You may apply once for the funding in 2020/2021 (October or January or February/March).
- 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 Assistance Fund Online Form
- 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 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 (Nov/Dec/Jan).
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 2020 Susi letter detailing your grant and your family income
- Confirmation of both parents’/guardians income (P60, P21 or 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 (P60, P21 or 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 (P60, P21 or payslip) OR social welfare payments
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.