Student Assistance Fund | Financial Assistance Service


Please note this website will be updated shortly with information on the Student Assistance Fund 2020/2021.   Applications will be opened to students in early October and a link to complete an online application will be provided on this page.


Student Assistance Fund 2019/2020


Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020  


The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is operated by Student Support & Develoment providing financial support to students who are experiencing short or long-term financial difficulties while attending higher education.  The SAF is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme of Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-20202.  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 Supporting Documentation  Required documentation must be uploaded to applications prior to closing date

Guide on Completing an ESF SAF Application

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

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 




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:



Financial Administrator

Student Support & Development

Room CG78   Ground Floor  Henry Grattan Building  Glasnevin Campus 

Telephone:     01 700 6055



DCU Foodbank 

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