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Who is eligible for SAF

Who can the Student Assistance Fund support? 

  • Students who registered with CIT participating on a full time third level course of not less than one-year duration leading to an under-graduate qualification. Resources will be targeted at students most in need.
  • Applicants on the Back to Education Allowance, unemployed people, lone parents, and people with disabilities will also be considered.
  • Only students who are registered (fees paid or have a fees payment arrangement in place with the CIT Fees Office) can apply for assistance from the Student Assistance Fund.
  • Part-time students who are lone parents or members of the other access target groups.

This fund is not applicable for the following students:

  1. ETB students (previously known as Fás Students)
  2. Students on Springboard courses
  3. Students on Erasmus Programmes
  4. Postgraduate paid research students
  5. Students on paid work placement

In 2017, additional funding was allocated to SAF for the support of part-time students who are lone parents or members of the other access target groups.

Eligible Expenses for Student Assistance
The Student Assistance Fund typically provides financial assistance to students who are having difficulty covering the following kinds of expenses:

  • Books
  • Class materials
  • Rent
  • Heating/lighting bills
  • Food
  • Travel of an urgent or essential nature
  • Medical expenses, i.e. doctor or dental visits
  • Expenses associated with family breakdown
  • Expenses associated with bereavement
  • Expenses associated with accidents
  • Childcare
  • Compulsory study abroad

This is not a definitive list.


In general, due to demand for Student Assistance, participating colleges are not able to approve all applications they receive. Likewise, participating colleges may not be able to award all the funding being sought by successful applicants. The Department of Education and Skills requires colleges to target the Student Assistance Fund at those students most in need of financial support. This may mean, for example, that priority is given to applicants who are in receipt of a maintenance grant, this being an indicator of limited means.

Should you have any specific questions regarding a section of the form prior to submitting an application please email

For further information on the Student Assistance Fund, please visit