Financial Supports

Student Assistance Fund

Going to third level can be an exciting but expensive experience. The Student Assistance Fund is a means tested fund which provides financial support to registered 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 who are participating in courses of not less than one year duration leading to an under-graduate or post-graduate qualification (NFQ Level 6 -10) are eligible to apply. 
International /non-EU fee paying students are not eligible for funding. 

The SAF is available to assist students with college related costs such as:

  • Books and other class materials 
  • Rent, heating, lighting bills and other utility bills 
  • Food 
  • Essential travel 
  • In the case of parent students, childcare costs 
  • Medical costs (of an urgent nature) 
  • Family difficulties eg. Bereavement 
  • Extraordinary expenses as a result of Covid-19 

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 the SAF application form on Blackboard. 

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) provides financial support to students who are experiencing short or long-term  financial difficulties while attending higher education. The Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. 



Contact Us

Aisling McHugh
Access Officer
T: 059-9175603

Angela Costelloe
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