What is this Fund? - 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. Maynooth University want to support students to stay in college and complete their education. If finances are a barrier to this goal you should Book an Appointment with the Student Budgeting Advice Service to review your options.
Who can apply? - Here come the rules! Remember to apply you need to meet with the Student Budgeting Advisor. The fund is means tested and you will have to do some work - but not a huge amount!
- All EU students on full time or part-time courses of at least 1 year 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 Higher Education Authority's (HEA) National Access Plan.
- You can find out if you are eligible to apply for the SAF and how to apply by following this Guide to the SAF.
- You can apply to the SAF even if you have a SUSI Student Grant or if you just missed out on SUSI.
What is covered? - College related expenses including rent, travel, childcare, books and materials or compulsory course related field trips (not already covered by SUSI). Exceptional expenses related to medical costs/ family difficulties e.g. bereavement, can also be considered.
What is not covered? -The SAF cannot be used for Tuition Fees, the Student Levy, the Student Contribution or student loans. If you are having difficulty with your fees please contact the Fees and Grants Office to discuss an arrangement. The Student Budgeting Advisor can help you assess your budget and see if you should apply for funding to help with other college related expenses.
How to apply? - You meet the Student Budgeting Advisor to review your eligibility for funding so the first thing is to Book an Appointment. The application is needs assessed and priority is given to those students in most need. You can find out if you could be eligible to apply for the SAF and how to apply by following this Guide to the SAF.
To visit the Higher Education Authority’s website on the SAF go to http://www.studentfinance.ie.
This Fund has been suspended by the MSU.
For more information please contact the MSU Welfare Officer at email@example.com or by calling into the MSU HQ front desk or by checking out the Maynooth Students’ Union website.
What is this Loan? - The Short Term Loan is usually for a small amount (maximum €50.00) and is intended to help with an unexpected and immediate emergency or crisis (e.g. you left you wallet ont he bus or you may have to buy an unexpected prescription). It is expected that it will be repaid relatively quickly; a second or subsequent short term loan can only be availed of if the previous loan has been repaid in full.
Who can apply? - All full time registered students of Maynooth University and St Patrick’s University 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).
How to apply? - You apply by visiting the Student Support Services Hub, upper ground floor, Student Services Centre, North Campus at 10 am or 2.30pm Monday to Friday. A decision will be made on the same day. If you have a query relating to the short term loan facility, you can telephone 01 7084729.
What is covered? - Unexpected or unplanned events, emergency situations. Ongoing commitments such as rent, mobile phone costs etc. are excluded.
How is funding paid? - We may give you vouchers or a Payment Instruction which you take to the Accounts Office to get funds. For same day payments, Short Term Loan applications must be made at 10.30am as the payments office will not accept applications after 3pm
What is this Fund? - The Student Emergency Fund is a fund which is available to assist students who are experiencing unforeseen and immediate financial difficulties as a result of a once-off emergency event. In addition you must have exhausted all other sources of financial support; be unable to meet daily living expenses and your financial difficulties are negatively impacting on your education.
The Emergency Fund generally makes funds available to a student only once during their time in University.
Who can apply? - All full-time registered students of Maynooth University and St. Patrick’s University 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).
What is covered? - Each application is reviewed individually, taking account of the financial impact of the unforeseen event. The following is a guide to the expenses which may or may not be considered to be covered from the Fund (please note that you are not automatically approved for funding if you apply for one of the categories listed below, nor is this an exhaustive list).
Expenses which may be covered by the Emergency Fund
- Emergency Travel
- Living Expenses (food, rent & utilities)
- Books and Materials (limited)
- Unexpected medical expenses
- Expenses arising from bereavement or accident
Expenses not covered by the Emergency Fund
- Tuition Fees, Examination Fees, Repeat Fees
- Student Contribution or Student Levy
- Loans or Credit Card Debt
- Field Trips
- Computer Equipment
- Mobile Phone Bills
How to apply? - If you have an emergency situation which is impacting on your finances you can Book an Appointment with the Student Budgeting Advisor or call to one of the Drop in Clinics.
If there is no immediate appointment available you should email firstname.lastname@example.org outlining why you need an emergency appointment.
The Student Budgeting Advisor may recommend financial support from the Emergency Fund. In such cases, Student Emergency Fund Administrator will then contact students directly to progress their Emergency Fund application. As part of this process you will be required to complete a short application form.Students are not approved for funding until the Emergency Fund application process has been completed and the request for funding approved.
Each application is assessed on its merits, maintaining confidentiality, and a decision made on the amount, if any, to be awarded. All applications are assessed using a consistent assessment process. The financial impact of the unforeseen circumstance is the key consideration in the decision process.
Students will be advised of the outcome of their application.
How is funding paid? - Any payment will be made directly to your bank account.
Appeals: In some cases a student may wish to appeal the decision made on their application. A student cannot appeal the criteria used to determine eligibility for the Fund.
An appeal must be submitted within 10 working days of the original decision being communicated to the student. The appeal must be in the form of an email sent to email@example.com. All appeals will be considered by an Appeals Panel, consisting of 2 people not involved in the original decision.
If you are in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment you may be able to return to full time education and continue to receive your payment.
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for people who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. It allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments and extra payments such as Rent Supplement to retain these while participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education. It is important to assess your options before changing your Social Welfare payment as you may have an entitlment to a SUSI maintenance grant based on your payment. If in doubt about the options talk to the Studnet Budgeting Advisor.
Information on the Back to Education Allowance and other social welfare payments can be found on Department of Social Protection and Citizens Information.
The 1916 Bursary is a fund for students from certain target groups for the duration of their study.
The full details and application form can be found at 1916 Bursary but the simplified version is:
- 10 bursaries worth €5,000 per year for each year of study.
- Open to full and part time students.
- It is open to first time undergraduate students.
- The target groups are - first time mature students, students with a disability, Irish Travellers, further education award holders, lone parents, students who are or were in the care of the State, Ethnic minorities.
- All the above groups shoule be able to support their applciation with evidence.
- All applicants must be socio-economically disadvantaged and from a group that has a low particiapation in higher education.
- Evidence of low income can be requested.