Third Level Access

Third Level Access addresses the need to ensure attainment of skills at higher education level for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with disabilities through the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities. Supports include financial assistance to those facing economic barriers to participation and the provision of tailored accommodation and services.


Student Assistance Fund 

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) provides financial assistance for full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college. Students can apply for Student Assistance to help them with either temporary or ongoing financial difficulties.

Further information can be found on the HEA website at


The Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities (FSD) provides services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. The Fund aims to ensure that students can participate fully in their academic programmes and are not disadvantaged by reason of a disability.

Eligibility criteria and participating colleges can be found on the HEA website at

Leon Diop – Maynooth University

Claire Shorten – Maynooth University