Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college.

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The SAF is allocated to higher education institutions (HEIs).

In general, the SAF has a dual focus and is designed to support students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds with ongoing needs for financial support AND provide emergency financial assistance for other students.

Please note that students requiring financial assistance to help with tuition fees, repeat learner fees or registration fees cannot be considered under the Student Assistance Fund.

  • Only one application per student.
  • There is no closing date and the funds will be administered until it is exhausted.
  • If the application is successful the student will be awarded with a once off payment.

The application form can be found at the “how to apply” section at the following website