Maintenance Grant

Students on full time approved courses at the Institute are entitled to apply for Maintenance Grants from The Department of Education. The Grant is means tested. For Information re the grant please check out the Susi website Students in receipt of the Maintenance Grant are exempt from the €200 Government Tax.

Back to Education Initiative & VTOS

The Department of Social Welfare and The Department of Education and Science administer these two schemes. These schemes offer unemployed adults an opportunity to return to fulltime education while retaining their full social welfare entitlements and in some cases to receive extra benefits.

Students on Back to Education will not have to pay their €200 Government Tax or their FETAC exam fees. (All other exams fees will need to be paid)

To qualify, a student needs to be 18/ 21 years of age.

 (Depending on their benefit and education)

The student needs to be in receipt of Social Welfare payments in any of the following for 3/6months.

(Depending on their benefit and education)

  • Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit
  • Lone Parent Allowance
  • Disability Allowance
  • Widow’s/Widowers Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Disability

Dependant spouse of long-term unemployed adults also qualify. Conditions for all of these schemes may be altered by the Department of Social Welfare.

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