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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

There are 2 steps to the appeals process:

Step 1

All appeals must be received within 14 days of the applicant receiving notification via email of the outcome of the SAF application. Please note that this notification email is sent to your WIT student email address. 

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the reception desk of the Student Life & Learning Office using the SA1 form to:

SAF Appeals,

Student Life and Learning,

All supporting evidence must accompany the completed form and any appeal received after 14 days of your original notification will be deemed invalid.

Step 2

Grounds for Appeal.

You must indicate the grounds upon which the appeal is made and include the reasons for the appeal. The grounds for appeal are as follows:

1. The HEA/ESF regulations have not been properly implemented as outlined on:

2. That there is now, attested, documented and relevant information that could not be made available on the application, for justifiable reasons, and therefore not considered.

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.