Student Finance

Studying at third level can be financially demanding. Students can consult this webpage for financial advice and to apply to the Student Assistance Fund in cases of financial need.

General Information

Student Grants - SUSI

The student grant is the main source of financial help available from the Irish State for students in and full-time higher education undergraduate courses. Grants are awarded by a national body called Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). For all information on grants please go to

Money And Budgeting Service (MABS)

The Money and Budgeting Service is a national support body providing assistance in managing personal finances. MABS DunLaoghaire provides workshops on campus during the academic year and students can avail of individual support directly through the MABS office. Dun Laoghaire MABS: Ground Floor, Marina House, Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire. Tel: 0761 07 2530 Email:

Consumer Help

This website provides excellent advice on managing your finances as well as an online budget planner.

The Student's Union Childcare Subsidy Fund

The Childcare Subsidy Fund is overseen and administered by your Students' Union. Students who are in full-time education and who have children in registered childcare can avail of the fund. For more details please consult the IADTSU website.

The Student's Union Financial Support

The Student's Union has some funds available for financial support. Pease consult the IADTSU website for further details.

Student Assistance Fund

What is the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) for?

The SAF is available to assist students who are unable to meet costs associated with day-to-day participation in higher education, including

  • Books
  • Class materials
  • Rent
  • Heating and lighting bills
  • Food
  • Essential travel
  • In the case of parent students, childcare costs
  • Medical costs

Costs for which the SAF is not available

  • Tuition Fees
  • Registration Fees
  • Servicing student loans

Who is eligible to apply to the fund?

 Application to the fund is open to full-time registered students on courses of not less than one year’s duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.

Supporting Documentation

Applicants must submit supporting documentation. Please have these ready to attach to your application. Applications without documentation will not be processed. The applicant must provide:

  1. Two months bank statements.
  2. For grant recipients, a letter from SUSI confirming that you have been approved for a grant and the grant’s rate.
  3. For those NOT in receipt of a grant, you must provide household income for 2015/16. This must be one of the following, for either parents/guardians of non-mature students or for mature student/and or partner:
    1. PAYE - P21. How to source P21.
    2. Welfare - Social welfare statement. How to source Social Welfare Documentation.
    3. Self Employed - Notice of assessment/Self assessment letter. How to source letter of self-assessment.
  4. Evidence relating to any claims made e.g. childcare receipts, rental lease, utility bills etc.


Applications for the second round of funding 2016/17 will open on 1 February 2017 and the deadline for receiving applications is 4pm 17th February 2017. Application forms are available to download below. Please have your supporting documentation (see above) ready to attach to your application.


Applications will take a number of weeks to be assessed by the SAF Committee. After this time, applicants will be notified as to the outcome of their application via their student email address.


Students can appeal their application outcome by submitting an appeals form. This form will be live for a window of time after applicants have been notified of their SAF application outcomes.


Any questions can be directed to