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Student Assistance Fund

As part of an initiative to tackle educational disadvantage, an ESF aided Student Assistance Fund has been made available to CIT by the Department of Education and Skills.


General information regarding the SAF

Applicants must be students registered with CIT participating on a third level course of not less than one-year duration leading to an under-graduate or post-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.

  1. Only students who are registered (fees paid or have a payment arrangement in place with the CIT Fees Office) can apply for assistance from the Student Assistance Fund.
  2. Applications that are incomplete or missing supporting documentation will be returned to students. Documentation to support the claim must be included with the application. (Please refer to the SAF Checklist)
  3. New applicants will be called to attend an interview with representatives from the Student Assistance Fund Committee to discuss the details of your application. Date/Time will be sent via email.
  4. The SAF committee will consider applications on the basis of application form and evidence provided.  All applications will be treated confidentially.
  5. Receipts will be required before each payment if students are successful in their application. 
  6. If approved for childcare assistance, only receipts from registered child minders are accepted.
  7. This fund is not applicable for the following students:
  • ETB students
  • Students on Springboard courses
  • Students on Erasmus Programmes
  • Postgraduate paid research students
  • Students on paid work placement

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

Application Forms: 

Application forms are availalble from September from the following offices; 

  • Accommodation Office, 1st Floor, Student Centre
  • Access Service, Ground Floor, Student Centre

The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme.