Emergency Financial Assistance

The PSU can offer financial support through two funds; Hardship Fund and the
Childcare Bursary. We can also offer support in applying for the SAF (Students’
Assistance Fund). If you would like to discuss any of these supports, please
just drop in or make an appointment to speak with me in the PSU office
(psu@ul.ie). Details on Bank of Ireland postgrad loans is also available below!

In keeping with the University of Limerick, as well as the Irish Revenue’s
record keeping policy, we retain all applications, records and documents for
six years. They are stored to comply with GDPR regulations. If you have any
questions regarding this policy, please contact us on psu@ul.ie

Financial assistance supports available are listed below.

Financial Aid (formerly Hardship Fund):

For unforeseen expenses, please arrange an appointment with PSU to discuss
further.

Childcare Bursary:

Forms now available from the ULPSU office. Closing date for application is
week 5 of semester 1 and semester 2.

Student Assistance Fund:

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is funded by the Irish Government and part
funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF THE FUND
The objective of the Fund is to provide financial support to full-time
undergraduate or postgraduate students in need of such support. The fund
is intended to support students whose participation in higher education would
otherwise be at risk as a direct result of financial difficulties.

The fund is designed to support students from socio-economically
disadvantaged backgrounds with on-going needs for financial support. The fund
also supports students who are experiencing difficulty in meeting the
day-to-day expenses associated with attending college, or who encounter
unforeseen circumstances resulting in short or longer-term financial
difficulties, (e.g., family difficulties, bereavement, accidents or health
problems).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO THE FUND?
Application to the fund is open to full time registered students on courses of
not less than one year’s duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate
qualification.

THE FUND IS NOT OPEN TO THE FOLLOWING:
• Students on full-time courses that do not lead to an undergraduate
qualification, such as Foundation or Access courses.
• International students are not eligible for the SAF and are advised to
contact the International Office if in need of financial support.
• Non UL Erasmus students are not eligible for the Student Assistance Fund and
are advised to contact their own institution if in need of financial support.
• Students who are supported through the Access Office i.e. students who have
entered UL through the HEAR entry route or the Access to University Course
should contact access@ul.ie

https://ulsites.ul.ie/access/student-assistance-fund

Documentation supporting a student’s application will be required.

SUSI:

Postgraduate students may get financial assistance under the Student Grant
Scheme with the cost of tuition fees for approved postgraduate courses at the
University of Limerick.

Applicants may qualify for either;

1. €2,000 tuition fee contribution, if the student passes a fee contribution
means test.

2. Full tuition fees paid including mandatory field trips (up to the value
of €6,270), if the student meets the qualifying conditions for the special rate
of grant for disadvantaged students.

To qualify for assistance under the Student Grant Scheme the
student must also meet the criteria for nationality and immigration
status, and residency.

Further information regarding SUSI is available here.

Scholarships:

The University of Limerick is offering taught postgraduate scholarships
to potential applicants for the 2020/2021 academic year.  The value of
each scholarship is €2,000. The successful candidates will receive the
scholarship in the form of a reduced fee.  The Scholarships will be
allocated by the faculties on the basis of financial need and personal statement
from the applicants. – See more here.

Tax relief:

Further information available here.

Bank of Ireland Postgrad Loan:

The Bank of Ireland now offer postgrad loans* which cover more than the cost of fees.
Contact Michael O’Meara for more details. Michael.O’Meara@boi.com / 061
371 614

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