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Student Assistance Fund


This section is for full-time students only.


The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college.

The Student Assistance Fund is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Please note that students requiring financial assistance to help with tuition fees, repeat learner fees or registration fees cannot be considered under the Student Assistance Fund.


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Eligible expenses for SAF

  • Books
  • Class materials 
  • Mandatory course expenses - Course Related Expenses Form
  • Rent
  • Heating and lighting bills
  • Food
  • Essential travel
  • In the case of student parents, childcare costs may be included
  • Medical costs

This is not an exhaustive list

Ineligible expenses for SAF

  • Tuition fees
  • Registration fees
  • Repeat fees
  • Student loans
  • Store loans e.g. Littlewoods

This is not an exhaustive list

Eligibility Reckoner

This eligibility reckoner is provided to assist you in deciding if you should apply for the Student Assistance Fund.

The eligibility reckoner provides an approximate indication of your possible eligibility for funding based on the information that you provide. This is NOT an application for funding and it is NOT an assessment of your eligibility for funding.

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Commonly asked questions.


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Waterford Institute of Technology Student Assistance Fund (SAF) Appeals Process

Please read this information carefully before submitting your appeal

Unsuccessful applicants or those that are unhappy with the amount awarded and these applicants may appeal the decision of the Student Assistance Fund Committee, if they meet the grounds for appeal.

Appeals Committee Information

The Appeals sub-group is comprised of:

  • The chair of the SAF Committee.
  • Two other members of the SAF committee, one of which is a sabbatical officer of the WIT Students Union.

Only committee members that have not been responsible for the original award decision will review an appeal.


How to appeal

If you application was deemed unsuccessful and you wish to appeal the decision, please contact [email protected] where further guidance is available. You must do this within 10 working days of receipt of the e-mail notifying you that your application was deemed unsuccessful. 


Outcome of Appeals and Further Information

  • The appeals meetings take place at the end of each semester.
  • The outcome of appeals will be notified to your student email account following the appeals meeting within four weeks of the closing date for appeals.
  • Applicants should note that the original amount awarded may be reduced or reversed.
  • The Appeals Committee’s decision is final.