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If you have an enquiry that is not that is not in this section, please email:

saf@it-tallaght.ie

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

  • All full-time and part-time registered undergraduate students
  • TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus students who are studying abroad on an Erasmus programme
  • Students who are registered for repeat tuition (will receive a pro rata payment if eligible)
  • Postgraduate students, PHD students 
  • Springboard

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

  • Incoming Erasmus students and Internatinoal exchange students 
  • Students who are registered for repeat exams only

CAN I APPLY IF I AM (OR WILL BE) RECEIVING A GRANT FROM SUSI (OR YOUR LOCAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING BOARD OR OTHERWISE)?

Yes you can apply, receiving SUSI or other grants does not affect your eligibility for the Student Assistance Fund.

HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE?

We normally pay in 2 payments, one in each semester (first instalment by mid-December and the second instalment by the end of February). The amount you will receive will depend on your household income in 2017. It will also depend on the number of applications we receive.

In the past, those applicants with an income of less than €23,500 have received bet €620 (Category 1); those with an income of between €23,501-€36,000 have received up to €310 (Category 2) in total for the year.

Please note that these amounts are guidelines only and may not be applicable for 2018/19.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I QUALIFY FOR THE SAF?

The fund is awarded based on ‘household income’ for 2017. For this years fund, your household income in 2017 must be €36,000 per annum or lower to qualify for either category 1 or 2 funding.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN HOUSEHOLD INCOME?

- If you were under 23 years of age when you started your course at IT Tallaght:

  • Income from Employment (PAYE), Social Welfare and self-employed for both you and your parent(s), guardian(s) plus any other income or rent supplement.

- If you were 23 years of age or above on the 1st January in the year you started your course at IT Tallaght:

  • Income from Employment (PAYE), Social Welfare and self-employed for both you and your your Spouse/Civil Partner/Co-Habitant (if applicable) plus any other income or rent supplement.

WHAT IF MY PARENTS/GUARDIANS/PARTNER WERE WORKING LAST YEAR AND ARE NOW UNEMPLOYED?

Then you should apply, and we will assess you on their current situation and will require Social Welfare documentation etc.

WHAT IF I HAVE HUGE OUTGOINGS?

Unfortunately, while we absolutely understand that people have great difficulty with finances, we assess your application based on your household income, not your outgoings. However we do ask about your outgoings in the application to get some further background in order to clarify matters for committee assessment.

WHY IS FUNDING NOT HIGHER?

The SAF is a limited pool of money awarded by the EU Social Fund and administered to us by the Irish Government. We do our best to make sure this limited amount of money is awarded as fairly as possible to our students.

WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO SUBMIT WITH MY APPLICATION?

Click here to read what documents you will need for your SAF application so you can have them ready:

www.it-tallaght.ie/saf-documentsrequired 

HOW DOES THE SAF WORK?

Click here to read about how the process works:

www.it-tallaght.ie/gettingmoney-usingreceipts 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM APPROVED FOR THE FUND?

You will be informed by email on whether you have been approved for funding or not. Be aware we have a huge amount of applications so please be patient until you hear a response from us. Once approved, you will be asked to submit your Bank details in order for payment to be made to your Bank account. We anticipate making the first half of your payment by mid-December and the second half by the end of February.

Please note that your college fees must be in good financial standing to receive funding.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM NOT APPROVED FOR THE FUND?

You will be informed by email that you have not been successful in your application. Within this email, we will include our appeals procedure and you can choose to pursue this if you so wish.

WHAT EXPENSES ARE COVERED BY STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND?

Students can apply for assistance to meet the costs of:

  • Books
  • Materials
  • Transport
  • Rent
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Food

WHAT EXPENSES ARE NOT COVERED BY STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND?

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Loans
  • Synergy Centre at ITT Dublin
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