We recognise that some students may face financial difficulties during their time at college and as such we have a number of supports and services available to students to help them manage their money matters.
Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. This fund is also available to part-time students undertaking a course leading to a higher education award at Level 6 to 10 of the national framework of qualifications, who are members of the access target groups, as specified in the HEA’s National Access Plan.
Students can apply for Student Assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund provides a further source of funding for higher education students in addition of the Student Grant.
Applications for the Student Assistance Fund can be made through the Student Services Office from Friday 5th October 2018. You can download the applicaton form and information leaflet for your application. You are required to fully complete the application form and attach all required documents.
In addition, please visit www.studentfinance.ie for some help with your application.
Incomplete application forms with insufficient supporting documents will not be accepted. The fund does not cover tuition or registration fees, examination fees and loans. The completed application form is to be returned to the Student Services Office. Closing date Monday 26th November 2018. (12.00 noon)
Applications are needs assessed and priority is given to those students in most financial need.
The Student Assistance Fund 2018-19 is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
Going to college is an exciting time whether you are staying at home or moving away but it can be tough financially if you don’t have a regular income and you are on a tight budget. With so many new costs and financial products to consider it can be hard to manage your cash. Below we have listed some useful sites and resources to help you manage your budget.
DkIT Students Union:
Information on managing your money sensibly can be obtained from the DkIT Student Union website.
Competition & Consumer Protection Commission:
The Competition & Consumer Protection Commission provides free and expert information on personal finance and managing money. Check out Going to College on their website and other useful links prior to starting college. Their budget planner will help you to work out what you are spending your money on and compare this with your income. This will allow you to work out a plan that suits you and help you to keep control of your spending effectively. Their Spending Calculator will help you to understand where you’re spending your money and help you to work out a realistic budget you can stick to. it’s a good idea to work out a budget.
Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS):
MABS provides free and expert information on managing your money take a look at this leaflet, First Steps, Second Thoughts, Third Level. The MABS Budgeting Tool will help you work out what you are spending and how to keep it under control while the MABS Information for School Leavers Leaflet is full of useful information for your first year after leaving school.