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 academic year 2016-17 are now closed.


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.


The following process has been put in place to allow IADT students to have their application reconsidered if they are not satisfied with the outcome of their original application:

  1. Students must re-submit a new application form (see PDF below) containing any new information they wish to be considered to the Access Office, C006D Carriglea Building.
  2. Students must attach a cover letter stating why they wish their appeal to be considered.
  3. The appeal is examined by a different person/group from the first application, to ensure independence and objectivity.
  4. If necessary, students may be interviewed to verify details of the appeal.
  5. Students will be informed in writing by email of the outcome of their appeal.

Appeals Deadline Round 2 2016-17: 1st April 2017


Any questions can be directed to