General Information for Student Financial Assistance Schemes.

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Student Assistance Fund is now available to some Part-time Students

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 co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 .

These funds cannot be used for the purposes of registration or tuition fees.  The funding is available to full time registered DIT students and certain part-time registered 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.

*This year, in line with the National Access Plan, the HEA has made funding available to certain part-time students.  General criteria for this scheme is available on http://hea.ie/policy/national-access-plan/national-access-plan-2015-2019/.  Part-time students, who meet the National Access Plan criteria may apply for most schemes currently available to full time students.  All applications are subject to the DIT Student Assistance criteria.  You can contact the FAA Office if you have any queries at 01 2205066.  Part-time students must be registered on a major award programme from Levels 6 to 9 on the NFQ.  Students registered on part-time professional development programmes are not eligible to apply. 

Please download Part Time - Students Assistance Fund 2018/19 for the application form.

  • 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 2205066 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.

Further information on the Student Assistance Fund is available on the HEA website, Click here for SAF Guidelines.

 

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Please click on a box below to view more information on each scheme

General Student Assistance Fund Scheme - This Scheme is now closed for 2018/2019.

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.

Please click  to download the application form. Please read the form carefully and ensure you include all the required documentation outlined on the application form.

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.

You are advised to post your application form to the Financial Aid & Accommodation office to ensure safe delivery.

Rent Assistance Scheme - This Scheme is now closed for 2018/2019.

 Please click  for the application form.

Application forms for this scheme will be accepted from September 17th - October 25th* subject to funding availability. Please ensure that you have all your up to date documentation accompanying your application, otherwise, it will be returned to you and will not be considered submitted. 

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.

*Subject to funding availability. If funding is available after October 25th, the scheme will be extended accordingly.

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 - This Scheme is now closed for 2018/2019.

Please click   to download the application form.

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

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 Fund

Please click Dental Assistance Fund 2018/19 to download the application form. 

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

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 - This scheme is now closed for 2018/2019.

Please click   for the application form. Please ensure to include the documentation outlined on the application before submitting your form.  Please submit your application before October 25th.  Financial assistance is subject to funding availability. If funding is still available after October 25th, the scheme will be extended accordingly.

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

Download the Childcare Assistance Fund 2018/19

Application forms will be accepted from September 17th - November 1st subject to funding availability.  

General Information

The Childcare Assistance Fund provides, where possible, 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.

Terms and Conditions

 The maximum funding available is €2200. Students with more than one child cannot receive in excess of €2200*

  • Children must be enrolled with a Crèche or official Childminder*
  • The Crèche or Childminder must provide written evidence that they are registered/notified with HEA/Tusla *
  • Students seeking childcare assistance for arrangements with non-official childminders must apply to the general Student Assistance funding scheme instead.
  • Completed forms with ALL supporting documentation must be posted to the FAA office*

*See Explanatory Notes

 How to apply:

Complete the application form after a suitable crèche/childminding service has been selected.   Please ensure that every section is completed and that Section D has been signed by the Crèche Manager or Childminder. *

Applications will be accepted from September 25th to November 3rd  subject to overall funding levels.**

 ** Should the allocated funding expire before this date, the scheme will close earlier, however this date will be extended if funding is still available after November 3rd. 

*See Explanatory Notes for further details.

 What Happens next?

  • Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail  and will receive a Contract of Agreement which should be signed by both the student and the Crèche/Childminder*
  • Completed Contracts of Agreement must be posted to the FAA Office*
  • Payment will be made directly to the official nursery/crèche/registered childcare provider upon receipt of the Contract of Agreement, usually within seven working days.
  • Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicant *
  • Applications received without ALL necessary documentation will be returned to the applicant

Explanatory Notes

Funding is calculated over a 36 week period. The maximum amount available to an applicant with one or more children is €2200. Where the weekly fee over a 36 week period does not exceed €2200, applicants will receive 100% of the fee.

Example -

  • A student with one child paying €80 per week per child (80x36= 2880) will receive €2200
  • A student with two children paying €80 per week per child (80x36x2= 5780) will receive €2200
  • A student with one child paying €100 per week for child (100x36=3600)will receive €2200
  • A student with two children paying €100 per week per child (100x36x2=7200)will receive €2200
  • Applications will be considered on individual merits taking into account documented income (One Parent Family Payment, Rent Allowance and/or any other benefits, allowances and other income) of the student and where relevant, his/her spouse or partner and the applicant's individual circumstances.
  • One advance payment will be made to the provider

Proof of registration with the HEA or Tusla must be provided by the crèche or childminder

Accepted forms of proof -

  • HSE/Tusla Inspection Report
  • Invoice of registration/notification fee to HSE/Tusla
  • Copy of application/renewal from sent to HSE/Tusla for registration/notification

Section D must be completed and signed by the Crèche manager or Childminder. They must state the net(actual) fee paid by the applicant less any CCS or other subvention.

Compulsory Supporting Documentation

  • Birth Certificate for each child (photocopies are acceptable)
  • Official proof that the crèche or childminder is registered/notified with HSE/Tusla (See explanatory note above)
  • All income documentation including One Parent Family, Child Benefit payments, where applicable proof of other household income
  • At least three most recent receipts for childcare costs to date

All application records, including supporting documentation will be kept for a 10 year period.Following this period all records will be confidentially destroyed.Any unnecessary documentation submitted with the application will be immediately securely returned to the applicant.

Incomplete forms and forms submitted without ALL required supporting documentation will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant by post. Your form will only be processed and issued with a list number when the complete correct form has been returned to the FAA Office.

Child Care Assistance is not available to:

  • Students who have not partly paid or fully paid registration fees by respective due dates - excluding students who have applied for a grant
  • Apprentice and Part-Time Students
  • Incoming students on Socrates/Erasmus Programmes or equivalent
  • Postgraduate (paid) Research Students
  • Students attending Foundation and Access courses
  • Springboard Students
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