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 on the 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
- Unexpected medical expenses
- Expenses arising from bereavement or accident
- Other unexpected expenses not listed above
- COVID related expenses
Expenses not covered by the Emergency Fund
- Tuition Fees, Examination Fees, Repeat Fees
- Student Contribution or Student Levy
- Loans or Credit Card Debt
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 of €5,000 per year of study for students from certain target groups for the duration of their study.
The full details can be found at 1916 Bursary