Welfare Emergency Fund

The WEF is a fund administered by the Students’ Union to assist registered NCI students in cases of significant financial hardship or difficulty. The WEF is solely to be used for the purposes of food and travel. The WEF is not to be given to help with tuition fees, loan repayments or rent.

The WEF will be administered and authorised by the Vice President for Welfare and Equality. It is the responsibility of the Vice President to oversee the WEF budget and to ensure it is adhered to in conjunction with the Administrator of the Union. A student is only eligible to apply for WEF once per semester. The WEF will have a maximum award limit of €75. The student is free to pay the money back if they wish to do so but it is not mandatory.

 

The student should make an appointment with the Vice President where they will discuss their case and the amount required by the applicant. They must fill in the WEF form which the Vice President will give to the student on the day.

SUSI offers grants to students to either help pay for their tuition fees or to grant them money on a monthly basis. There are different rates for these grants and are given based on different criteria.

SUSI is now open for new applicants for those attending college in 2022-2023.

Support Desk Contact: 0818 888 777

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is a fund that the college uses to support socio-economically disadvantaged students in NCI. Each year, NCI is given a set fund by the government/EU to utilise as set out in the criteria. Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) students automatically qualify for this by virtue of being registered as a HEAR student. You can find out more here.

You can contact the welfare officer for more information or click here to find out more.

In order to apply for the SAF fund, you will need to apply online at NCI360. Students who are living with their parents and under 23 will need to provide the below in their parents name and their own. Students who are over 23 can submit their own. You can upload them as part of the online application.

The student assistance fund for Full-time students is for EU citizens as it is a fund directly from the EU. It is for students whose financial situation has changed since starting college and they are in financial difficulty. If you are deemed eligible you will receive a one-time payment which cannot be used for college fees. However it can be used for living expenses.

The information you will need is the following:

  • Proof of the financial emergency
  • Social welfare receipt (yours or parent/s?)
  • Last three months bank statement from all bank accounts, credit Union in your name (also your parents)
  • Payslips if you are working? Or proof that you are not working currently, proof of seasonal work. (your and parents)
  • Susi grant letter or back to Education allowance? (if you have)
  • 2019 P21 ( yours and parents )
  • Rent or mortgage receipt? (your or parents)
  • Bills (household bills or any other bills you think is relevant) (yours or parents)
  • Loans (yours and parents)
  • Proof of European citizenship for the student applying only (photocopy of passport or birth-cert)

Part-time students must apply directly with Faye McGinley. This can be done by emailing her on saf@ncirl.ie stating they are a part-time student.

The student assistance fund for part-time students is for EU citizens as it is a fund directly from the EU. If you are deemed eligible you will receive a one-time payment which cannot be used for college fees. However it can be used for living expenses.

Part-time registered students must be from one of the target groups listed below as specified by the HEA’s National Access Plan:

  • Lone parents
  • Students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds: in receipt of a means tested Social Welfare Payment (Jobseekers Benefit etc…)
  • Students with disabilities
  • Members of the Irish Travelling Community

You will need:

  • Social welfare receipt ( means tested social welfare payment, if you are not on a means tested social welfare payment, you can still apply, however I will need more information from you).
  • Last three months bank statements from all bank accounts, Credit Union savings etc.
  • Rent or mortgage receipt?
  • Bills (household bills or any other bills you think is relevant)
  • Loans – Credit Union/Bank etc.
  • Proof of European citizenship (photocopy of passport or birth-cert)

Please note in the case of full and part-time students, the SAF can not be used for fees for college, however can be used for bills and living costs. Meeting the above criteria does not automatically deem you eligible as all your financial situation will be taken into account.

*Please note international students cannot apply for SAF.