Financial Supports



The Student Assistance Fund is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020)

Student Assistance Fund

Going to third level can be an exciting but expensive experience. The Student Assistance Fund is a means tested fund and is intended to assist full time and part time students who are finding it difficult to meet college expenses as a result of ongoing low income. The Fund provides financial support to students who are in significant financial difficulty and whose participation in college would be at risk without financial support. The purpose of the Fund is to assist by making a contribution to students in meeting some of the day-to-day costs incurred by being in college.

Eligible Students 

Students registered with IT Carlow participating in courses of not less than one-year duration leading to an under-graduate or post-graduate qualification.

Student Guidelines

The following are examples of situations where students experiencing financial difficulties can apply for assistance:  (this is not a definitive list)

  • Books
  • Rent
  • Heating/Lighting bills
  • Food
  • Travel of an urgent or essential nature
  • Medical expenses i.e. doctor or dental visits
  • Family breakdown
  • Bereavement
  • Accidents
  • Students who have family obligations particularly in relation to childcare costs

The following services/facilities are not eligible for assistance from the Fund:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Registration Fees
  • Loans
  • Expenses unrelated to college

Further Information

Further information on financial supports is available from the following websites:

How to apply

Registered students can download an application form from Blackboard.