Student Assistance Fund | Financial Assistance Service

Student Assistance Fund 2020/2021 - Now Open 

Applications are ONLY open to students who have not applied in 2020/2021

Closing date - 28th February 2021 at 5.00pm

 

NOTICE (10/11/20)

  • If you have not already redeemed a code for this year (2020/2021) and have not started an application, you will need to 'Request Access' and redeem a new code
  • If you have already started an application (2020/2021), you will just need to 'Sign in' to complete it. 

See 'To Apply' section below. 

There are changes to accessing the system this year, so please read the full information on this page, prior to completing your application.

    Every user must go through a validation process once, in order to gain access to the SAF Portal, irrespective of whether or not you have accessed the portal in a previous year.

    • If you have not already redeemed a code for this year (2020/2021) and have not started an application, you will need to 'Request Access' and redeem a new code
    • If you have already started an application (2020/2021), you will just need to 'Sign in' to complete it. 

    See the 'To Apply' section below for more details.

     

     

    The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is operated by Student Support & Development providing financial support to students who are experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education.  The SAF is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.  The fund is open to full-time and part-time students aimed at tackling educational disadvantage by providing financial support to those who may require additional financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their higher education. Students will be required to produce financial information to support their application for assistance. The Student Assistance fund cannot be used for exam or University fees purposes.

    Eligibility Criteria     UPDATE 2019/2020 - Students who are non-EU nationals, but who are eligible for free or reduced fees in line with the criteria for the Free Fees Initiative, may be considered subject to meeting the relevant eligibility criteria.  Please read full 'Eligibility Criteria'.  Should this apply to you, please email Financial Administrator on how to apply (Online application for students under this category is not available online).

    Required documentation must be uploaded to applications prior to closing date (see file below for details)

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    Guide on Completing an ESF SAF Application

    To complete an application correctly, please read the above information.  An application will be deemed unsuccessful if not completed fully and/or has omitted supporting documents.

    Do not upload to application. 

    As part of the application process, you are required to project your income + expenditure for the academic year (9 months) (Section included within the application).  Click on sample budget to assist you in your calculations - 

    Sample Budget Living Away from Home

    Sample Budget Living at Home

    Successful applicants will be emailed on award together with being requested to upload bank account details on 'Loop' - Please see guide link for bank account instructions .

     

    Application Processing

    Processing of applications can take up to 4 weeks from the closing date. 


    Accessing the system

    Every user must go through a validation process once, in order to gain access to SAF Portal, irrespective of whether or not you have accessed the portal before.

    IMPORTANT (10/11/20)

    • If you have not already redeemed a code for this year (2020/2021) and have not started an application, you will need to 'Request Access' and redeem a new code
    • If you have already started an application (2020/2021), you will just need to 'Sign in' to complete it. 

    Steps to Request Access:

    1.       Click on the hyperlink Request Access to be directed to this section of the site

    2.       Enter your DCU email (lower case only) and your Student Number

    3.       Click the button ‘Request Access Code’ to retrieve your unique code

    4.       When you access code appears, select the ‘Copy Access Code’ button

    5.       Click on the link below to be directed to the page to activate your Invitation Code.

    6.       Paste the copied code into the Invitation Code box (right-click on your mouse to paste, ctrl+v  PC, or Command + V MAC) and click Register

    7.       You will then be prompted to sign in using the AZURE button.

    8.       Enter your DCU Email and password.

    9.       If you are using a Laptop, the 'Student Assistance Fund' link should appear in the header section. Click the ‘Student Assistance Fund’ tab to make an application.

    10.   If you are using a mobile device, once logged in you will see 3 parallel lines. Click on them to retrieve the ‘Student Assistance Fund’ tab.

    11.   When you have finished your application, or want to go in to edit it, sign in using the sign-in button (You do not have to retrieve the Code again).


    <<Click here to apply>>

    Students can have their application re-considered by the SAF committee if not satisfied with the outcome.  

    Please complete the following two forms and submit together:

    Queries about the fund

    Financial Administrator

    Student Support & Development

    Room CG78   Ground Floor  Henry Grattan Building  Glasnevin Campus 

    Telephone: 01 700 6055

    Email: studentassistancefund@dcu.ie

    RAG is a student run volunteering society on campus. They aim to support as many people as possible within the local community, including students. They offer a weekly foodbank service to DCU students who are struggling to buy food.  To avail of this completely confidential service, mail ragdcufoodbank@gmail.com 

    The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is operated by Student Support & Development providing financial support to students who are experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education.  The SAF is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

    The fund is open to full-time and part-time students aimed at tackling educational disadvantage by providing financial support to those who may require additional financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their higher education. Students will be required to produce financial information to support their application for assistance.  All applications can only be made through this portal. The Student Assistance fund cannot be used for exam or University fee purposes. 

    Information about the fund is available at 

    https://www.dcu.ie/students/student-assistance-fund-financial-assistance-service

    Data Protection Notice

    The personal data provided by you as part of your application to the Student Assistance Fund "SAF" is obtained, processed and retained by Student Support & Development (SS&D  - a unit within Dublin City University  'Data Controller') for the purposes that are directly connected with the administration and operation of the SAF and will be treated in accordance with the DCU Data Privacy Policy which can be accessed at https://www.dcu.ie/ocoo/data-protection.shtml 
     
    Some of the data you provide may be shared with third parties such as the HEA or Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science for the purposes of coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the operation of the SAF.    

    Your personal data will be retained by SS&D until the end of the Operational Programme. If you wish to obtain further information about data protection please visit, data.protection@dcu.ie or www.dataprotection.ie   If you are not satisfied with the response from DCU in relation to data protection queries, you may contact the Data Protection Commission via www.dataprotection.ie.