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 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 full-time third level courses of not less than one-year duration leading to an under-graduate or post-graduate qualification.

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