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Student Assistance Fund

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

The online application will be available at the end of September/early October.



Guidelines for applying for Financial Assistance/Student Assistance Fund

Step 1: Discuss your financial situation with your College Tutor or make an appointment to discuss with the Undergraduate Student Support Officer if you are unsure if you will qualify

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)

Step 4: Send your backup documentation in 1 file (scanned) to ug_hardship@tcd.ie - only send your backup documentation when you have gathered it all and it is included in 1 file.

Step 5: Ensure you have entered your bank details accurately on your portal as all payments are made directly to these accounts.

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 college)

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 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 rent (if applicable)
  • Proof of SUSI if qualified
  • 3 most recent payslips for all that are working or evidence of social welfare payments
  • If the student has siblings in education, proof of this is required - letter from school will suffice
  • If the student has dependents in childcare or education, evidence of this must be provided

Mature Students (Students who are over 23 years of age when commencing college)

Below is a list of the documentation which is required for both the student AND partner/spouse

  • P21 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 SUSI if qualified
  • Proof of rent/mortgage if applicable
  • 3 most recent payslips for all that are working or evidence of social welfare payments
  • If the student has dependents in education, proof of this is required - letter from school will suffice
  • If the student has dependents in childcare (registered only), evidence of this must be provided

Qualifying criteria for financial assistance are approved annually by the Board of the College. The Financial Assistance Committee reserves the right to reduce the approved awards, should pressure on the funds require this course of action.

All applications are treated in confidence, and are considered anonymously by the Financial Assistance Committee.