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Student Assistance Fund 2021/2022 - Now Open For Applications

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). The SAF is allocated to higher education institutions (HEIs).  SAF is designed to support students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds with ongoing needs for financial support. 

SAF also supports All Students in need of emergency financial assistance.  Students not in one of the socio-economically disadvantaged categories outlined in the National Access Plan are eligible to apply but may be invited to meet with a member of the committee in order to progress their application or requested to supply supporting documentation.

To apply you must complete the MIE SAF Application Form before the end of the day on 19th November 2021. 


Student Assistance Fund (SAF)

Principles

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistant for students who are experiencing financial difficulty during their studies. The fund is available to full and part-time (minimum 30 ECTS required per annum) registered students in Marino Institute of Education. 

Financial assistance is available for the following categories:

·         books and class materials

·         rent and other utility bills

·         food

·         essential travel

·         childcare costs

·         medical costs

The above list is not exhaustive, however it is important that the nature of the expenditure for which assistance is being provided is clearly identified.

The Student Assistance fund does not cover the cost of

·         tuition fees

·         registration fees

·         student loan repayments or any costs borne by the Institute

The fund will be distributed as follows:

·         HEAR Grant - amount awarded will be paid in 2 instalments (50% paid in November and 50% paid in February)

·         General fund – Applications will open in November and February (if you receive funds in November you are still eligible to apply again in February)

·         Small emergency fund – Paid throughout the academic year (these funds are set aside for students who find themselves in need of emergency financial support at any point of the academic year)

Funds will be distributed fairly with a set amounts awarded based on the size of the fund and the amount of applications we receive.  Each category of applicant i.e. HEAR, 1916 Bursary recipient, SUSI grant code etc will have set amount awarded to them under the categories listed below.  These amounts will be determined by the amount of applications received.

·         Books

·         Class materials

·         Rent

·         Heating/lighting bills

·         Food

·         Travel of an urgent or essential nature

·         Medical expenses - doctor or dental visits

·         Bereavement

·         Accidents

·         Family obligations - childcare cost etc.

·         Compulsory study abroad

·         Other

Application forms become available in Semester 1 and Semester 2 of each academic year.  To apply for SAF support you must complete the application form (Click HERE) by end of the day on the 19 November 2021. The Student Assistance Fund Committee (from here referred to as the Committee) will assess each application for approval. Applications which are approved will received an additional form for completion from the MIE Finance Department representative on the committee in relation to the funds being awarded to them and information for their payment to be processed.

Applicants which are not approved can be appealed by writing to the Assistant Registrar (asstregistrar@mie.ie). Appeals are considered by the Registrar, who may seek additional advice, and the appeal may be upheld or rejected.

The committee will consist of

Assistant Registrar (Chair, non-voting)

The Access Officer

A representative from the Finance team

Student Union Welfare Officer

A member of the Academic staff

 

The committee will review the Student Assistance Fund policy and procedures at the end of semester two in each academic year. 

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support to full or part-time students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college. Students can apply for the Student Assistance Fund to help with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties. The Student Assistance Fund is designed to provide a source of financial support in addition to a SUSI grant

Student Assistance Fund (SAF)

Principles

The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistant for students who are experiencing financial difficulty during their studies. The fund is available to full and part-time (minimum 30 ECTS required per annum) registered students in Marino Institute of Education. 

Financial assistance is available for the following categories:

  • books and class materials

  • rent and other utility bills

  • food

  • essential travel

  • childcare costs

  • medical costs

The above list is not exhaustive, however it is important that the nature of the expenditure for which assistance is being provided is clearly identified.

The Student Assistance fund does not cover the cost of

  • tuition fees

  • registration fees

  • student loan repayments or any costs borne by the Institute

Application forms become available in October each academic year to be returned with supporting documents by end of November. The Student Assistance Fund Committee (from here referred to as the Committee) will assess each application for approval. Applications which are approved will be processed for payments.

Applicants which are not approved can be appealed by writing to the Assistant Registrar (asstregistrar@mie.ie) . Appeals are considered by the Registrar, who may seek additional advice, and the appeal may be upheld or rejected.

Payments will typically be made in two instalments (December and February).

The committee will consist of

  • Assistant Registrar (Chair, non-voting)

  • The Access Officer

  • A representative from the Finance team

  • Student Union Welfare Officer

  • A member of the Academic staff

The committee will ensure a small emergency fund is still available for students who may not have needed to apply in semester one but find themselves in need of financial assistance in semester two.

The committee will review the Student Assistance Fund policy and procedures at the end of semester two in each academic year.

To apply you need to submit a completed MIE SAF Application Form along with the relevant supporting documentation.

To access the MIE Hardship Policy please click here  

(https://www.mie.ie/en/about_us/quality_assurance/policies_procedures/student_hardship_support_policy.pdf)