If you are struggling to make ends meet or require financial assistance, there are a number of supports available to you. If you want to discuss your options you can always book a 1-to-1 appointment with Shane or Nicole on the SISC team.
In addition, you can also get in touch with John McDermott, the Student Financial Support Advisor, who can help you with budgeting and accessing financial supports at John.McDermott@ul.ie.
Below are some of the most commonly used financial supports. In addition,
1. Financial Aid Fund | UL Undergraduate Courses
The Financial Aid Fund is where you can apply for an interest-free loan or a bursary if you are a registered UL student. This scheme is designed to help students who experience short-term financial problems. If the student qualifies for assistance, they will receive an interest free loan or a bursary that is capped at €800. If a loan is approved- the loan is repayable in full prior to graduation in payments manageable to the student. The Financial Aid Committee considers applications each week.
How You Apply
Booking an appointment is the quickest way to apply for financial aid. During a 1-to-1 session we can also answer any other questions you might have and can outline all the supports that are available to you.
When you make contact, you will be given a Financial Aid application form. You must fill out this form and return it, along with a bank statement showing the last 3 months of transactions. Applications are reviewed every week. The information is strictly confidential. We know it can be hard to reach out for help when times are tough but the services are there for you. If you need support, please get in touch and book in for a chat so we can talk through the options.
Book a 1-to-1 appointment with Shane or Nicole on the SISC team.
2. Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund (called SAF) is an EU fund administered through the HEA by local colleges. The SAF provides financial support to full or part-time students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college. The SAF is means tested and uses thresholds similar to SUSI.
Who is Not Eligible for SAF
- Students who link into a semester
- Students on courses that do not lead to an undergraduate/postgraduate qualification, such as Foundation or Access courses
- International students are not eligible for the Student Assistance Fund and are advised to contact the International Office if in need of financial support
- Non University of Limerick Erasmus students are not eligible for the Student Assistance Fund and are advised to contact their own institution if in need of financial support
You can apply for the Student Assistance Fund here. Remember, there are deadlines for getting your application in and the link only works at certain times during the semester.
3. Childcare Bursary
UL Student Life is committed to supporting student parents to the best of our ability. Student parents who are experiencing financial difficulty can apply for a Childcare Bursary to support them with their childcare costs.
For student-parents who qualify, 20-50% of childcare costs for the 15-week semester may be covered by the bursary.
How to Apply
Booking an appointment is the quickest way to apply for childcare bursary. During a 1-to-1 session we can also answer any other questions you might have and can suggest other supports that are available to you. Book a 1-to-1 appointment with Shane or Nicole on the SISC team.
You can also apply via the UL Chaplain. You can contact the UL Chaplain John Campion via email firstname.lastname@example.org or text 086-2632458. Chaplaincy Service | University of Limerick.