Introduction to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF)

There is some additional funding available to students while studying at Maynooth University. The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is one of these additional sources of funding.  The SAF (see the Student Assistance Fund Handbook) is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and is administered in Maynooth University by the Access Office and the Student Budgeting Advice Service.

The purpose of the SAF is to support students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are underrepresented in higher education with ongoing needs for financial support AND to provide emergency financial assistance for other students experiencing exceptional financial difficulties. 

All full time or part time students on courses that lead to a higher education award at Level 6 to 10 of the national framework of qualifications are eligible to apply for the SAF. In relation to part time students, students must be from one of the target groups as specified in the HEA’s National Access Plan. You can find out how the SAF works at Maynooth University and if you are eligible by reading the Guide to the SAF section. 

You can apply to the Student Assistance Fund even if you are in receipt of the SUSI Student Grant.

Applications are needs assessed and priority is given to those students in most financial need.

Most of the application process is online.

  1. You can find out how the SAF works and if you are eligible by reading the Guide to the SAF.
  2. You can then begin the application process by reviewing the SAF Application Steps.
  3. If you have any questions about SAF, be sure to check the set of Frequently Asked Questions in SAF FAQs

Student Assistance Fund Guidelines SAF Cover Image


Student Assistance Fund Handbook



The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is co-funded by the Irish Government and European Union under the European Social Fund Human Capital Investment Programme 2014-2020.

For the Higher Education Authority’s website on the SAF visit