Financial Advice and Support

Studying at College can be financially challenging. If you need financial advice or help, NCAD has a range of supports available.

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund is available to students experiencing particular or unexpected financial hardship during the course of their study. This may be as a result of family breakdown, bereavement, accidents, health problems or other crises that result in unexpected financial difficulty. You can apply for help with the cost of rent, travel, books and art materials, utilities and other unexpected financial hardships. Payment to successful applicants will be made in two instalments, the first in November and the second in February. 

Who can apply?

All full-time or part time registered students (undergraduate and postgraduate) for the 23/24 academic year are eligible to apply for assistance from the Student Assistance Fund.

What can the award be used for? 

Students can apply under one of the following categories for assistance from the fund:

  • Books and Materials
  • Rental Expenses
  • Electricity & Gas Bills
  • Transport or Compulsory Transport Abroad
  • Medical Expenses (Doctor/Dentist/Etc)
  • Unexpected financial hardship (eg. Bereavement)

What documents will I need to provide?

Documents you may be requested to provide are:

  • Copy of SUSI grant awarding letter
  • Copy of your means tested social welfare payment (and/or that of your parent/guardian/spouse/partner)
  • Receipts for travel, materials, utility bills, medical expenses, etc.
  • Rent Book or Lease Agreement
  • To prove household income a student may provide a copy of their/their parents P60 or P21
  • If applying for Childcare Support, a copy of the birth certificate of the child/children and a letter from the childcare provider (nursery/creche) confirming that your child attends the provider and this statement should detail the monthly amount for each child within the current academic year.

How long will the process take and how will I be notified?

Applications may take up to six weeks after closing date to process. You will receive an email to your student email address stating the outcome of your application.

Further queries?

Feel free to contact us if you have any further queries on the Student Assistance Fund at

Round 1 

The Student Assistance Fund will open on September 18th, 2023.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 27th October 2023.

The online application form can be accessed here: Student Assistance Fund Application form.

Childcare Support Fund

Round 1 of the Childcare Support Fund will open on September 18th 2023.

The purpose of the Childcare Support Fund is to provide assistance towards the cost of childcare (nursery, crèche etc) for children of full-time students at NCAD, whose ability to participate in education may be adversely affected by childcare responsibilities.

Payment to successful applicants will be made in two instalments, the first in November and the second in February. The College does not have a crèche so it is necessary for students with children to make their own arrangements.

For further information and application forms for this fund, please contact the Access Officer at the beginning of Trimester 1:

The 1916 Bursary

Applications will be open soon for 2023/24

What is the 1916 Bursary?

The 1916 Bursary is a financial award to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.

The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) and aims to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and from groups most under-represented in higher education.

To be eligible for a 1916 Bursary, all applicants must meet, Financial, Priority Group and College Entry eligibility criteria.

Each participating college has a limited number of bursaries which are awarded to the eligible applicants that present the greatest need. 

How much is the 1916 Bursary worth?

Tier 1: €5,000 per annum. In 2023/24, Tier 1 Bursaries will be awarded to a total of 400 new entrant undergraduate students for the duration of their studies.

Tier 2: €2,000 per annum. In 2023/24, Tier 2 Bursaries were awarded to a total of 200 new entrant undergraduate students for the duration of their studies. Tier 2 Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who meet the criteria for the 1916 Bursary but who did not ultimately qualify for a Tier 1 bursary.

Tier 3: Once-Off Bursary (€1,500 payable for 2023/24 academic year only). The number of Tier 3 bursaries is to be determined based on existing underspends in the system from 2022/23 and the remaining balance after continuing (including postgraduate) bursaries have been allocated for 2023/24

Tier 1 and 2 bursaries will also be paid as students’ progress into postgraduate study. This means that students already in receipt of a 1916 Bursary and who are completing their undergraduate studies will be entitled to continue to receive their bursary for postgraduate study.

For further information on how the 1916 Bursary is managed, please see the HEAPATH 2 Guidelines.

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

To see if you may be eligible to apply for a 1916 Bursary, please see the Criteria Quick Check

If I am unsuccessful, can I appeal?

Yes. Full details on making an appeal will be provided to all applicants who are initially unsuccessful in their applications. 

NCAD Laptop Loan Scheme

Applications to the Laptop Loan Scheme should be submitted by Friday 13th October.  Please apply through this Application Form

The NCAD Laptop Loan scheme is available to you this academic year if you need to borrow a laptop for your studies and are not able to finance it. Please note there are a limited number of laptops available through the scheme.

Who can apply?

Application Form

Full-time and part-time students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are eligible to apply for a laptop under this scheme. This scheme covers both incoming first year students and returning students. To be eligible for a laptop you must be registered as a student in 2023-2024 and be from a low income household, this is an annual income below €49,840.

Supporting documentation must be provided to be considered for this scheme. Your application will be assessed on your eligibility, and on the information you provide in the final question of this application. Laptops remain the property of NCAD and must be returned on completion of your course.

SUSI/Maintenance Grants

All queries regarding maintenance grants should be directed to the SUSI Support Desk.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday (9.00am – 5.30pm), excluding public holidays.


Phone: 0818 888 777 or +353 1 524 2257 if calling from abroad

Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS)

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the only free, confidential, independent and non-judgemental service for people in debt, or in danger of getting into debt, in Ireland. 

Their helpline 0761 07 2000 operates Monday to Friday from 9am - 8pm.  MABS is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board.

Consumer Help

This website provides excellent advice on managing your finances as well as an online budget planner.