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Financial Assistance for Postgraduates

Application Form


The online application for the PG Student Assistance Fund is available to complete now (click on application form link above). Please ensure you read the privacy statement and application instructions carefully. No application will be processed until all backup documentation and your personal statement has been received in ONE pdf file only please- see below). 
The deadline for completed applications is 12 noon, Friday 6 December 2019

Registered postgraduates may apply to PAS for some financial assistance to help with living expenses.
All applications are assessed individually against the funds available and an award is made against a specific cost (e.g. rent, childcare, emergency medical expenses). Due to the limited funds available, the number of successful recipients and amounts awarded varies each year.  
There is no Financial Assistance available to help students with tuition fees.

All applications are treated in confidence, and are considered by the Postgraduate Financial Assistance Committee whose membership includes the Senior Tutor and Vice President of the GSU.  The committee is chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
There is an appeals procedure available for students who wish to appeal a decision of the committee. In the first instance you should contact the Postgraduate Student Support Officer to discuss your case. If you are still not satisfied, the PGSSO will provide you with the information for taking an appeal.


Postgraduate Student Assistance Fund
The Postgraduate Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is operated by the Postgraduate Student Support Officer on behalf of the Postgraduate Financial Assistance Committee and provides financial support to registered postgraduates 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 for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.



Six steps for applying to the Postgraduate Student Assistance Fund

Step 1: Discuss your financial situation with the Postgraduate Student Support Officer, especially if you are unsure if you will qualify (email pgsupp@tcd.ie for an appointment)


Step 2: Complete the online application form (this goes live in late September/early October)


Step 3: Gather your supporting documentation (detailed list of what is required is below and also outlined in online application).  Documentation supplied must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.

Step 4: Using your backup documents as evidence, write a short personal statement (1 page A4 typed) outlining your current financial situation and indicating what you would allocate funding to if successful (e.g. one month’s rent, or three months’ transport costs)

Step 5: Send your backup documentation and personal statement in 1 file (scanned) to pgsupp@tcd.ie - only 1 file per student will be accepted, so please ensure you have included all relevant documentation.  Ensure your email has the following subject line format: surname_firstname_student number_docs_SAF

Step 6: Ensure you have entered your bank details accurately on your my.tcd.ie portal as all payments are made directly to this account.
Guidelines on required Backup Documentation - no application will be assessed until this has been received (in full)

Dependent Students (students who were under 23 years of age when commencing their current course):
All dependents students must provide financial backup documentation for their parents/guardian/partner/spouse
Below is a list of the documentation which is required for both the student AND their parents/guardian/partner/spouse

  • P21/Equivilant or if the household is reliant on social welfare, evidence of this must be provided
  • 3 months’ most recent bank statements for student AND parents/guardian/partner/spouse
  • Proof of parents rent/ mortgage (if applicable)
  • Proof of student’s rent (if applicable)
  • Proof of SUSI grant if qualified
  • 3 most recent payslips for all working householders, or evidence of social welfare payments
  • Scholarship/ studentship details
  • If the student has siblings in education, proof of this is required - letter from school will suffice
  • If the student has dependents in childcare (registered providers only) or education, evidence of this must be provided
  • Recent copies of all household utility bills, other bills
  • Evidence of costs of travel to College

Non-dependent Students (Students who are over 23 years of age when commencing their current course):
Below is a list of the documentation which is required for both the student AND partner/spouse

  • P21/Equivilant or if the household is reliant on social welfare, evidence of this must be provided
  • 3 months’ most recent bank statements for student and partner/spouse
  • Proof of rent/ mortgage (if applicable)
  • Proof of student’s rent (if applicable)
  • Proof of SUSI grant if qualified
  • 3 most recent payslips for all working householders, or evidence of social welfare payments
  • Scholarship/ studentship details
  • If the student has dependents in childcare (registered providers only) or education, evidence of this must be provided
  • Recent copies of all household utility bills, other bills
  • Evidence of costs of travel to College

Qualifying criteria for financial assistance are approved annually by the Board of the College. 
All applications are treated in confidence, and are considered by the Postgraduate Financial Assistance Committee whose membership includes the Senior Tutor and Vice President of the GSU.  The committee is chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Sidebar:

Student Levies and Charges (SLC) Waiver

Students can apply for a waiver of their SLC. Fees can only be waived in cases where the student has already been approved for Postgraduate Financial Assistance for that year or for students whose whole household income is reliant on social welfare and where evidence of this has been provided.
An application must be completed and emailed to pgsupp@tcd.ie with all the relevant backup documentation scanned and emailed to the same address in one file only. No applications will be reviewed until relevant backup documentation has been provided.
Please ensure your email has the following subject line format: surname_firstname_student number_docs_SPORT
Application Form
The closing date for final receipt of application forms is the last day of Hilary Term. No application forms will be accepted after this date. Students may claim for a sports wavier for the current academic year only.