Reasons to Book an Appointment with the Student Budgeting Advisor:
To talk about Money - Don't worry alone there may be easy options that make your money work for you.
To talk about Funding - If you have an emergency or are struggling to manage your course expenses there may be support available. Check out Funding
To talk about general budgeting advice - Tips on reducing your electricity & heating costs, reducing your grocery shopping costs and budget planning.
You will have to fill in a form but don't worry - if you are not sure of your figures just put in zeros and talk about it at your meeting.
Once you submit your form you will be able to log on to the online calendar and pick a date and time that suit you.
If you feel you have an emergency call to the Emergency Drop in Clinics each week during term time as per the schedule above or email email@example.com. ( Please note that the Drop-in Clinic are for an emergency / crisis situation and that requests for information on social welfare, SUSI, fee payment, registration queries or general information on the Student Assistance Fund will not be considered an emergency).
Emergency Drop in Clinics will commence in September 2023 and will be held every week from 10:00 - 12:00 during term time as per the schedule above in the Student Budgeting Advice Service offices in the Student Services Building on the North Campus.
(Please note that the Drop-in Clinic are for an emergency / crisis situation and that requests for information on social welfare, SUSI, fee payment, registration queries or general information on the Student Assistance Fund will not be considered an emergency)
The clinics are not full appointments (approximately 10-15 minute sessions) so if you feel you may need to apply for funding or talk over a complex issue please Book an Appointment
Students need to use the QR code to fill in a short form and are seen on a first-come first-served basis so bring something to study in the waiting room - you might be a while.
Please contact the correct area to avoid delays in answering your query.
- SUSI application – If your query is related to an application process, appeal or uploading documents, please contact the SUSI Helpdesk on 0818 888 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question.
- Social Welfare – If your query is related to social welfare payments, have you contacted your local Intreo office with your question? - see Your local Social Welfare Office.
- Fees and Grants – If your query is related to outstanding fees, payment options or grant payments, you can book an appointment by clicking on the following link in relation to Fees and Grant queries – see Fee’s and Grants.
- Issues around living arrangements/ accommodation – If your query is related to on-campus accommodation, please contact the Residence Office directly on email@example.com. For off-campus queries, you can view current accommodation listings in the area. – see Accommodation
- Registry queries – If your query relates to Registration, please see Registry
Frequently Asked Questions are available on this page of the website. Please check here initially as you may find the answer to your question in this area.
If you are feeling unwell please contact the Student Health Centre.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed please check out the Student Counselling Service.
The Student Budgeting Advice Service offers support and advice with managing your money for University.
The Student Budgeting Advisor can talk over your situation with you and try to ensure you are accessing all the financial options to help you to have a positive college experience.
To find out more about the services we offer please see Services.
To find out more about Internal and External funding before you become a student or now that you are with us in University click on Funding.
Student Emergency Fund:
- If you have been recommended for funding as part of the Student Emergency Fund by the Student Budgeting Advisor, please send your query to EmergencyFund@mu.ie
- If you are in need of a Short-Term Loan or Emergency Food Vouchers as part of the Student Emergency Fund, please apply directly to Student Support Hub by emailing Student.Services@mu.ie
The Student Assistance Fund will open for new applications for the 2023/24 academic year in October 2023.
*PLEASE NOTE: Students do not need to book an appointment with the Student Budgeting Advisor in order to apply for the Student Assistance Fund. Follow the link below to apply
The process for applying for funding has changed this year. Please see the updated information on the Student Assistance Fund at SAF or questions may be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please apply online at SAF first and wait for a resposnse from the SAF Team email@example.com.
There is information about the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) in the
Financial Support and Funding section along with other funding options.
The Laptop Loan Scheme 2023-2024 will be offering a free laptop loan to all incoming HEAR access entry students, Turn To Teaching students, 1916 Bursary recipients and University of Sanctuary Scholarship recipients only.
If you are having issues connecting with Maynooth University online check out Connectivity Tips.
For more information check out Laptop Loans.
If you are thinking about coming to University or are about to start it can really help to check out the College Costs page for guidance on what you can expect.
Information on grant eligibility and how to apply is available at the SUSI website.
Before making an application, refer to the grant eligibility criteria, use the eligibility reckoner and view tips for applicants provided on the SUSI website.
If in doubt – APPLY!
Please note that SUSI has closes for applications for 2023/24 at the end of October 2023 but you may be able to make a Late Application online.
Be aware of the option to Appeal and timelines involved.
Also consider the Change of Circumstances provision and the Holiday Earnings Disregard for student income.
If you would like a one to one consultation with the Student Budgeting Advisor during term time you should Book an Appointment. Please remember that all appointments can be in person, by phone or on MS Teams.
You may not need a full appointment so the Student Budgeting Advisor offers an Emergency Drop in Clinic in the Student Services Centre. ( Please note that the Drop-in Clinic are for an emergency / crisis situation and that requests for information on social welfare, SUSI, fee payment, registration queries or general information on the Student Assistance Fund will not be considered an emergency)
If you have an urgent need for financial advice or support, please call to the Student Support Services Hub in the Student Services Centre, North Campus or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. or email@example.com.
The Student Budgeting Office is located on the ground floor of the Student Services Centre. Follow the yellow feet to find the office!
"For my financial worries, I was told about the Student Budgeting Advisor who informed me of all the assistance available and helped me to work through my finances to see what could be done to accommodate the huge list of college expenses. I felt so much more prepared for coming into university after a meeting with her."
Ryan, 2nd Year, Computer Science
"When I went into the Financial Advisory Office, I was welcomed by a warm bubbly Ruth. I felt so at ease telling her about my financial struggles. Together we worked out a plan on how to best deal with the finances. The support didn’t stop there, Ruth linked me in with other student services that helped make my college experience even better. It’s definitely worth finding out what support is available by booking an appointment!"
Leanne, 3rd Year, Arts
Go and meet with them they will listen
Lisa,2nd Year, Community Studies
"It is better to ask for help and advice than to let money worries mar the university experience."
Dara, 1st Year, Science
"The Student Budgeting service is a great facility in helping students with financial problems by relieving them of the stress and the expenses of the academic year. They offer exceptional services and advice, are really passionate about the progression of students within the university and are extremely understanding in terms of personal problems."
Daniel, 2nd Year, Law
"The student budgeting advice service provide positive and helpful advice to everyone who enters their door. They understand the individual needs and challenges of students in education today. I was so glad I came to the offices. In times of life hiccups where I struggled as a mature student balancing college and family commitments, life seemed less daunting with the support and humble response I received."
Alison, 1st Year, Social Science
"If you are struggling financially, don't be afraid to book an appointment. The Advisor will listen to your problems and will help you to the best of her abilities. She went above and beyond to help me through some difficult times. And I'm sure she would do the same for any other student. It's a non judgmental and confidential environment. I felt very comfortable talking to the Advisor."
Erika, 4th Year, Law
"Book way in advance if you think you may have a problem in the near future, and don't leave it til it's an emergency."
Jennifer, 4th Year, Science
"If you need assistance or advice on money matters, go and talk to the Student Budgeting Advice Service."
John, 3rd Year, Social Science
"Ruth is a very welcoming, easy to talk to person and it is definitely worth making an appointment. If Ruth can help you out in some way she absolutely will."
Shannon, 1st Year, Science
"Really good source of information for resources available."
Audrey, 1st Year, Postgradute Programme