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Student Assistance Fund 2020/2021   

Open For Applications from February 1st to 12th

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)


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 download the MIE SAF Application Form and the MIE SAF Applicant Profile Form and returning with all relevant supporting documentation to our Access Officer, Louise Condon access@mie.ie.

To access the MIE Hardship Policy please click here