General Information for Student Financial Assistance Schemes.

 DIT recognises that some students may face financial difficulties during their time at college and a number of assistance schemes are in place to support such students. These schemes are funded by the Department of Education and Science under the National Development Plan with assistance from the European Social Fund. These funds cannot be used for the purposes of registration or tuition fees. The funding is available to full time registered DIT students*. This scheme is designed to help those in severe financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances or students who are disadvantaged and require additional financial support to continue their third-level studies.

Please note that those schemes  have closed for 2016/2017 and will not re-commence until September 2017 for the next academic year.

  • There are several assistance schemes under the Student Assistance Fund listed below;
  • Terms & conditions and opening and closing dates vary according to the scheme;
  • Students who are not entitled to a SUSI grant may apply for The Student Assistance Fund subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme;
  • Students who are registered as International Students are not eligible for to apply for HEA Student Assistance schemes;
  • Students are entitled to appeal an application decision, the SAF Appeal form is available here SAF Appeals Policy 2016

Please call 01 4023394 or email financial.aid@dit.ie if you require any help or assistance when completing your application form.  Your local DITSU representatives on campus and the staff at the Student Services office (Aungier St and Bolton St) will also be able to assist you.

 

Student Assistance Fund - Will reopen in September 2017

 

The Student Assistance Fund (financed by the Higher Education Authority and the EU) provides, where possible, limited support to whole-time DIT students in severe financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances or students who are disadvantaged and require additional financial support to continue their third-level studies. Students not entitled to a SUSI grant may apply for The Student Assistance Fund where a higher parental income criterion applies.

There are several schemes under the Student Assistance Fund. Each scheme has certain criteria and commencement and finishing dates vary according to the scheme and are dependent on funding availability.

Click on the link below for further information on the General SAF Financial Assistance Scheme

General Student Assistance Fund

 

 

Rent Assistance Scheme - Will reopen in September 2017

 

This scheme provides assistance to whole time DIT students in a formal rental situation, with a landlord, in the following circumstances

  • Students who do not normally reside in Dublin
  • Students living independently due to personal circumstances
  • Mature students living independently. The student must be in a formal rental situation with a landlord.

 It is not necessary to visit the Financial Aid & Accommodation Office in order to apply for funding. 

Click HERE for more information on the Rent Assistance Scheme

Compulsory Travel Assistance Fund - Will reopen in September 2017

 This scheme provides assistance to whole time DIT students who must travel as part of their academic programme. The trip must be cumpulsory and the amount awarded, if any, is based on the level of parental/student income and is subject to funding availablity.

 

 It is not necessary to visit the Financial Aid & Accommodation Office in order to apply for funding.



Click here to find out more about the Compulsory Travel Assistance Fund

Dental/Ophthalmic Assistance Fund - Will reopen in September 2017

This scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of routine Dental or Ophthalmic treatment to whole time DIT students in financial difficulty.

 It is not necessary to visit the Financial Aid & Accommodation Office in order to apply for funding.

 

Emergency Assistance - Will reopen in September 2017

This scheme provides emergency funding to students who require immediate financial assistance in some of the following circumstances:

  • Students who are on placement abroad and require emergency financial assistance
  • Students who need to vacate their accommodation urgently
  • Students who suffer bereavement and require immediate assistance to attend a funeral or related expenses
  • Travel of an urgent or essential nature
  • Students who have had an accident
  • Emergency and extenuating circumstances

 It is not necessary to visit the Financial Aid & Accommodation Office in order to apply for funding.

Click here for more information on the Emergency Assistance Fund

Class Materials Scheme - Will reopen in September 2017

 

This scheme provides assistance to whole time DIT students who are required to purchase expensive materials for courses mainly in Art & Design and Photography.

 It is not necessary to visit the Financial Aid & Accommodation Office in order to apply for funding.

Click here to find out more about the Class Materials Scheme

Child Care Scheme - Will reopen in September 2017

 

The Childcare Assistance Fund provides financial support to parents who are fulltime  DIT students with children in a crèche or registered childminder. This scheme is designed to help those in severe financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances or students who are disadvantaged and require additional financial support to continue their third-level studies. As these students are usually entitled to some state benefits and allowances, this scheme is means-tested. Assistance is paid those with children registered with registered crèches or a registered childminder. If a student has an arrangement with a non registered childminder they may be eligible for assistance under the general student assistance scheme.

The maximum subsidy available is €2200 all children attending a crèche or childminder.

Click HERE for more information on the Child Care Scheme

Application Forms

 Application forms will be available in September 2017

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