Guide 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 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. The Fund is designed to help students meet some of the extra costs associated with being at university.  

Who can apply?
When to apply?
How much can I receive?
How long will it take?
How do I apply?
Recommendation to the Student Assistance Fund


 

Who Can Apply?

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In order to be eligible to apply to the Student Assistance Fund, you must be able to answer Yes to the following three questions.

Question 1

 

Are you in significant financial difficulty? If Yes, proceed to Question 2.
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Question 2 Are you a registered full time or part time student (grant holders included) of Maynooth University or St. Patrick’s College Maynooth? You are eligible to apply for the SAF if you are:

  • A full time student registered for a course of not less than one year’s duration that leads to a higher education award at Level 6 to 10 of the national framework of qualifications, OR 
  • A part time student registered for a course of not less than one year’s duration that leads to a higher education award at Level 6 to 10 of the national framework of qualifications and who belongs to one of the following target groups as specified by the HEA’s National Access Plan: students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds which are underrepresented in higher education, first time mature student entrants, students with disabilities (particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students who are deaf/hard of hearing, students who are blind or have a visual impairment),  part time/flexible learners, Further Education Award Holders, Irish Travellers, lone parents.
  • An internal repeat student from the above specified categories.
  • A student who entered Maynooth University through the HEAR route. The Access Office will contact HEAR students directly about the SAF, at the beginning of each year.
  • Ph.D student in years 1-4 only (Ph.D students in their 5th or subsequent year are not eligible for this Fund).

You are not eligible for the SAF if you are:

  • Studying a course which does not lead to an undergraduate qualification at Level 6 or above.
  • Studying a course of less than 1 year’s duration. 
  • Students participating on a second qualification at the same or a lower level.
  • Studying pure Divinity at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth.
  • Repeating externally.
  • An international student attending Maynooth University or St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. (You are advised to contact the International Office if in need of financial support.)
  • Studying at Maynooth University on Erasmus from another University or Institution. You are advised to contact your home university if in need of financial support.
  • PhD student in year 5 or above (Ph.D students are only eligible to apply to SAF in years 1-4).
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Question 3 Are you in receipt of a Student Grant (includes part payment of the Student Contribution)?
OR
If not on a grant, does your household income fall within one of these income thresholds applied by Maynooth University for 2017/18?
Dependent children (including yourself) in family Income Limit
0 - 3 dependents €63,732
4 - 7 dependents €70,024
8 or more dependents €76,022
    NB. Income thresholds applied by Maynooth University are linked to the income bands for the maintenance grant. Maynooth University has increased these thresholds by 17.5% to facilitate those students who may have just missed out on getting a grant.

Did you answer YES to all of the above three questions? If you did, you are eligible to apply to the Student Assistance Fund. You should read the SAF Application Steps before you start your application.

 

When to Apply

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You can apply at any time during the academic year and as many times as you need to until such time as the fund is depleted. However, once the Fund is depleted there will be no more disbursements regardless of eligibility. Just follow www.maynoothuniversity.ie/money-matters and click on Book an Appointment.

 

How much can I receive from the SAF?

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Typically a student might receive between €200-400, the average amount being about €400. Students can return to the SAF more than once in the academic year.

 

 

How long will the application process take?

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This depends upon how quickly you can submit the required supporting documents. If you submit your documents immediately upon request, your application could be finalised within 2-3 weeks. Otherwise, allow 3-6 weeks, all depending upon receipt of your complete and correct supporting documents.

 

 

How do I apply?

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The first step is to make an appointment with the  Student Budgeting Advisor (SBA). If the SBA recommends you to apply to the Student Assistance Fund, you will have to complete an application form and submit some supporting documents. The SBA will advise you on all of this and you will be guided through the application process.

  • If there is no immediate appointment available for the SBA you can attend the Student Budgeting Advisor drop-in clinic on Monday mornings and Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30 in the Student Services building, North Campus.
  • Students who are on Erasmus or on a year abroad as part of an International Degree, can email student.budget@mu.ie to arrange an appointment by phone/email.
  • If  you feel that you need an emergency appointment students are advised to email student.budget@mu.ie indicating that an emergency appointment is required.  Please note that an emergency appointment should only be requested where there is a genuine emergency which requires immediate support.
  • Please note that students will generally not be able to apply to the SAF directly without having attended the SBA appointment. However, if the SBA decides not to refer you to the SAF, you can still apply to it, but the lack of a recommendation from the SBA  will be taken into account.

Read through the SAF Application Steps section now to begin your application process.
 

 

 

Recommendation to the Student Assistance Fund

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The application process involves a number of steps, each with rules and regulations, as set out below. Read through the SAF Application Steps section now to begin your application process.