Next week most of Ireland's students will be returning to their college courses. With the cost of accommodation at an all-time high and daily costs a thorn in the side of students, college is difficult when students are not in receipt of the SUSI grant.
If you're one of the many students who won't be receiving a SUSI grant you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund. The fund helps students who are experiencing financial difficulties.
In order to be eligible for student assistance funding, a student must be participating in a course in a university, institute of technology or other approved college. The course must be at least a year long and the award must be between levels 6 - 10. A part-time course leading to a higher education award at level 6-10 of the national framework of qualifications will also be accepted.
Financial assistance cannot be provided to cover the cost of fees but for students who have difficulty covering expenses such as:
- Class materials
- Heating/lighting bills
- 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
- Compulsory study abroad
Not every college provides financial aid for students, so check whether yours does by clicking here.