Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020.
The Student Assistance Fund supports a number of student finance initiatives at UCD, including:
- Student Support Fund (SSF)
- Support for Part-time Students
- Students who are Lone Parents
The Student Assistance Funds provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without such support.
The Fund is a contributory payment which helps students meet some of the day-to-day costs associated with being in college.
For further information and to make an application please see the relevant student group below:
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HEAR Student Support Fund
The Student Assistance Fund, known locally as Student Support Fund (SSF) provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without such support. All students who enter UCD through the HEAR pathway are eligible to receive funding from SAF through UCD Access and Lifelong Learning as they have already been means-tested and assessed as part of their Higher Education Access Route application.
The fund is €500 per HEAR student for 2019/20.
The Fund is best described as a contributory payment which helps students meet some of the day-to-day costs associated with being in college. Students must be fully registered to a full-time undergraduate programme of study.
Students who register for one semester only should make an appointment with a member of staff in Access and Lifelong Learning to discuss their financial needs after they have completed their registration.
To receive funding, students must:
- Complete the online application form (through SISWeb)
- Submit a paper budget form (see below) to the ALL centre detailing their estimated budget and stating what expenses they are requesting support for from the Assistance Fund
- The application form is in SISweb, under the ‘Programme’ tab and the ‘Welfare and Assistance’ section. It is called HEAR Student Support Fund.
- When completing the online form, you do not need to provide receipts. In the section marked ‘Receipts’, you need to indicate what you will use the €500 payment for. Please note the amount should add up to exactly €500.
- You must also complete a hard-copy budget form (see below) based on your Semester 1 costs and income. Your expenditure must exceed your income by at least €500.
- The budget is very important for you to plan your expenditure for the semester and to show us that you have a sense of your college costs, can manage money well and that you need the €500 payment.
- Access students who are in receipt of a Cothrom na Féinne Scholarship, UCD Scholarship or an external scholarship e.g. Department of Education Scholarship are not eligible for the HEAR Student Support Fund. Students must inform the Access and Lifelong Learning Centre if they are awarded a scholarship at any time during the academic year.
- Be aware that to comply with European Union requirements, data will be collected as part of the application process which may be used for the purposes of coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the operation of the Fund. This data may be shared with third parties for monitoring and reporting on European Social Fund co-financed activities.
Please don’t hesitate to contact ALL staff if you have any questions or need any guidance with your form Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Eligible Student Expenses||Ineligible Student Expenses|
Laptops or other electronic devices
College fees, student levy, repeat fees or contribution charges
Dog food / pet expenses
House repairs / DIY
Loan or mortgage repayments
Student Assistance Fund for Lone Parents 2019-20
Please note: Part-time students who are lone parents should apply through the part-time fund
Financial Support is available through the Student Assistance Fund for both full- and part-time students who are Lone Parents.
If you applied and were eligible for this support in 2018-19, you will receive a one-off payment in late September. Access & Lifelong Learning will email you directly to confirm this.
If you are a new student, or if you are a continuing student who did not make an application to this fund in the last academic year, you can make a new application through SISWeb.
To apply please:
1. Complete the online Student Support Fund application through your SIS Web account (Under Programme > Welfare and Assistance).
Applicants should identify as "Single Adult Household with Dependent Children" and select either: Lone Parent/Full-Time or Lone Parent/Part-Time student in the drop-down menus.
Proof of lone parent status can include one of the following:
- Social Welfare statement indicating a Single Parent Family Payment
- Social Welfare statement indicating a Job Seekers Transitional Payment
- Social Welfare statement + evidence of having been receipt of a Job Seekers Transitional Payment within the past four years
- Social Welfare statement + receipt from a Disability Payment indicating the full rate for one adult and any dependent children
- P21 Statement indicating either SP or LP tax credits.
Please don’t hesitate to contact ALL staff if you have any questions or need any guidance with your form by emailing: email@example.com
The SAF is available to assist part-time students with the day to day costs of participating in higher education.
If you applied and were eligible for this support in 2018-19, you will receive a one-off payment again in late September 2019. Access & Lifelong Learning will be in contact with you by email directly to confirm this.
If you are a new student or a continuing student who did not make an application in the last academic year, you can apply now through your SISWeb account.
How to Apply
- Complete an online application form on SISWeb (Programme Services > Welfare and Support)
- Submit an Income Declaration Form (including the supporting financial documentation)
- Submit a Budget Form
Paper forms can be returned to the Access & Lifelong Learning Centre, on Level 1 of the James Joyce Library Building.
For help with completing an application please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The HEA, through the Student Assistance Fund (SAF), has announced additional funding to support students on the Professional Masters of Education (PME) and Science, Mathematics & Education (BSc and MSc) courses.
The SAF is available to assist these students with the day to day costs of participating in higher education. The support is means-tested; applicants should have an annual income of less than €45,790
Eligible costs for this fund to cover include:
- Books, course materials
- Accommodation costs
- Gaeltacht Placement
- School Placements
- Course resources
How to apply:
- Complete an Online Application Form
- Complete both an Income Declaration Form and Budget Form and return them to the UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Centre
Applications will be assessed and awarded on a rolling basis