Introduction to the Student Assistance Fund (SAF)


There is some additional funding available to students while at Maynooth University. The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is one of these additional sources of funding. 

The purpose of the SAF is to help students who are in significant financial difficulty and who may not be able to continue at University without financial assistance. The Fund is designed to help these students meet some of the extra costs associated with being at university.   

All full time registered students (including grant holders) of Maynooth University and St. Patrick’s College Maynooth can apply (this means that you must be completing a full time Level 8 programme of at least 2 year’s duration or a full time postgraduate course). Eligible students can apply to the SAF in addition to 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



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.
To visit the Higher Education Authority’s website on the SAF go to