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Student Assistance Fund

The purpose of the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who would be unable to fully benefit from third level education without external support.

The SAF is best described as a relief fund as opposed to a survival package. Students are encouraged to source additional supports outside the fund as typically the fund will ease a financial burden rather than totally alleviating the situation.

The fund is broken into two parts: 

SAF Standard Payment - This is a standard payment that the fund will make with you based on your financial circumstances to assist with the Costs of going the College for  the year. 

SAF Emergency Payment - A student can apply for an emergency payment from the fund to assist with urgent financial costs. This application can be made in addition to a SAF standard payment application and will be assessed on a case by case basis by the SAF Committee. Applications for this fund must be made in person by calling into the Learning and Teaching Office. 

For more information on the Student Assistance Fund please contact Jonathan Lynch,Educational Engagement & Progression Officer, on (01) 4498 503 or email Jonathan.Lynch@ncirl.ie

 Am I Eligible for Funding?

The SAF is only available to full-time students who are participating on a course of no less than one year in duration which leads to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. 

The categories below serve as an example of some of the instances in which a student may be approved for funding. Please note that a student is not automatically approved for funding if he/she falls into one of the categories listed below. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis with direction from the guidelines below.

  • Student must be experiencing considerable financial difficulty.

  • Student has no access to financial assistance from other sources.

  • Student is unable to meet daily living expenses.

  • Financial difficulties are negatively impacting on education.

  • Sudden or unseen expenses that a student is unable to meet.

  • Student is in financial difficulty to family breakdown.


 Who is NOT Eligible to Receive Funding Through the SAF

  • Students participating on access programmes or foundation courses.

  • Part-time students.


 What is and is not covered by the Student Assistance Fund?


  • Books and Materials

  • Transport

  • Rent

  • Child Care Costs (only from registered childminders or créches)

  • Heating / Lighting

  • Medical

  • Disability


Not Covered

  • Tuition fees

  • Loans

How do I Apply? 

In order to apply you must be a registered student and complete a Student Assistance Fund Application Form which is available on NCI360. 

How do I make an appeal?

You must complete an Student Assistance Fund Appeal Form and return it to saf@ncirl.ie 

Once I make an application - what happens next? 

Your application will then go into an online Review Queue for assessment by two members of the SAF Committee. They will be checking your documents, confirming the amount to be paid based on the guidelines and ensuring your application is eligible. We aim to have this assessment done within 10 working days however sometimes if there has been a huge amount of applications this is not always possible. 

If your application is incorrect (e.g. incorrect paperwork, not enough evidence) - you will be emailed and advised what is required. If you are deemed ineligible, you could be rejected at that stage. 

If you are approved - your status on NCI360 will be changed to approved. Each month then the SAF Committee meet to discuss emergency financial applications and to ratify that month's payments. Once this sign off is done by the Committee all names are sent to Finance for a cheque to be drawn up. This normally takes a week and you will be emailed when we have your cheque ready for you. 

Please find below all SAF Committee Meeting dates - completed and approved applications must be in by 5pm the day before in order to be included on that month's agenda. Failure to have your application completed / approved prior to this date will mean that your payment will be delayed. 

  • 11th November 2016
  • 9th December 2016
  • 10th January 2017
  • 10th Feb 2017
  • 10th March 2017
  • 10th April 2017
  • 11th May 2017
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