The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without such support.
The SAF is now open for 2023/24 applications – Application Form is available here
*The Access Team will be running a Drop In Advice Clinic from 1pm – 2pm on Mondays & Tuesdays in Room C013 on the following dates:
Mon 25th & Tues 26th Sept
Mon 2nd & Tues 3rd Oct
Mon 9th & Tues 10th Oct
- Please note If you have submitted an application, the system does not send receipt emails to applicants. Please do not worry if you have not had a response. Please be assured that we are working through all applications and documents received.
- Please read the section on supporting documentation carefully. Incomplete applications with incorrect documents will lead to delayed payments
- Students must be registered in order for application to be assessed
About Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund is open to all registered students at IADT on a course of not less than one year’s duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without such support.
The SAF is also available to assist part-time students with the day to day costs of participating in higher education.
Students who are lone parents are encouraged to apply as additional funding has been made available to support this group.
The SAF is available to assist students who are unable to meet costs associated with day-to-day participation in higher education, including:
- Class materials
- Heating and lighting bills
- Essential travel
- In the case of parent students, childcare costs
- Medical costs
Costs for which the SAF is not available:
- Tuition Fees
- Registration Fees
- Servicing Student Loans
To be eligible to apply to the Student Assistance Fund this academic year, students must be in at least one or more of the following categories and evidence must be provided.
- 1st year or 2nd year students who have entered IADT via the Higher Education Access Route
- Students who are in receipt of a social welfare payment or dependent upon their spouse or partner’s social welfare payment.
- Students who are dependent on their parent(s)/legal guardian, who are in receipt of a 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.
- Students who are above grant or social welfare thresholds but from a relatively low income household and with significant personal emergency expenditure in excess of personal income, with details provided of the circumstances.
Applicants must submit supporting documentation. Please have these ready to attach to your application. Applications without documentation will not be processed. The applicant must provide:
1. For grant recipients, a letter from SUSI / Local Authority confirming that you have been approved for a grant and the grant’s rate.
2. For social welfare recipients, Proof of a means tested social welfare payment e.g. a medical card, social welfare statement
3. For 1st Year HEAR entrants, a letter confirming HEAR eligibility
All other applicants, Bank statements for last two months, current payslip PLUS evidence of household income for 2022*. This must be one of the following:
Statement of Liability of 2022 ( Former P21 (PAYE workers))
Self-Assessment Letter (self-employed)
Students must submit their parent’s/ guardian’s income, unless over 23 and living alone. (Refer to SUSI criteria for mature student Applicant Class – SUSI : SUSI )
*Students who have experienced a change in financial circumstances as a result of COVID 19 will also be considered, additional documentation may be required to prove change in financial circumstances.
- Applications are available online here.
- Complete the application and email supporting documentation to email@example.com.
- The Closing date for new applications is Friday 3rd of November 2023.
Applications are assessed by the Student Assistance Fund committee. This may include members of the Student Experience team as well as other administrative and academic staff, and a member of the Students’ Union. Students’ application details will be held in strict confidence.
You will be notified of the decision of the SAF Committee by email to your student email address.
The amount payable to each student varies every year depending on the volume of students applying to the fund.
The following process has been put in place to allow IADT students to have their application reconsidered if they are not satisfied with the outcome of their original application:
- Students must re-submit a new application form containing any new information they wish to be considered..
- Students must submit a cover letter stating why they wish their appeal to be considered.
- The appeal is examined by a different person/group from the first application, to ensure independence and objectivity.
- If necessary, students may be interviewed to verify details of the appeal.
- Students will be informed in writing by email of the outcome of their appeal.