Who can apply to the SAF?

Who can apply to the saf?

Students on full- or part-time programmes (of not less than one year duration) leading to a higher education award, level 6-10, in MTU Cork Campus can apply.

Students who are lone parents are encouraged to apply as additional funding has been made available to support this group.

Ukrainian Students, please contact student.assistancecork@mtu.ie prior to completing this form.


This fund is not applicable for the following students:

  • International/non-EU fee paying students
  • Sanctuary Scholarship recipients
  • SOLAS students (previously known as Fás Students)
  • Students on Erasmus Programmes
  • Postgraduate paid research students
  • Students on paid work placement


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
  • Expenses associated with family breakdown
  • Expenses associated with bereavement
  • Expenses associated with accidents
  • Childcare
  • Compulsory study abroad

This is not a definitive list and may be subject to change. 

Funding is not available to assist students with the costs of tuition fees, registration/student contribution fees or student loans.

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 student.assistancecork@mtu.ie

For further information on the Student Assistance Fund and other sources of student financial support, please visit www.studentfinance.ie