Course Charges & Financial Support
Course charges are due in full at Registration in August. Alternatively, if you are unable to pay the full course charges at Registration, the College will accept an agreed down payment with the balance paid by monthly instalments. Online payment is the preferred means of payment and this can commence in advance of registration. The college also accepts Cheques and Postal Orders. Course charges are essential to the College operation and you are advised to plan accordingly. The College is unable to accept cash payments.
Course Charges 2020/2021
- Online Application: Free
- Acceptance Deposit (To accept course following interview): €40 (non refundable)
- Student Services (Course Materials and extra curricular activities) Varies by course €150*
- QQI Exam Fees:
- Level 5: €50.00**
- Level 6: €80.00
- Other Exam Fees: Varies by Course
- PLC Government Levy: €200.00**
*VTOS students exempt
**Medical Card Holders BTEA, & VTOS students are exempt
EXEMPTION ON COURSE CHARGES
If a student holds a valid medical card, you are entitled to an exemption from the PLC Government Levy €200 and the QQI Examination charge €50 for QQI Level 5 Certificate, €80 for QQI Level 6 Certificate.
If a student has been awarded the SUSI Grant or Back to Education Allowance, you are entitled to an exemption from the PLC Government Levy €200
Please contact the Administration office for the exemption to be applied on 01 285 2997 or reception @scfe.ie You will be required to provide evidence of exemption.
There are no course charges for VTOS students, all courses qualify for VTOS places.
STUDENT FINANCE AND SUPPORTS
- SUSI Grant
All students who are enrolled in a full-time Further Education course may apply for a means tested SUSI grant. Apply on line to SUSI through www.SUSI.ie as soon as possible.
VTOS is the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, which allows students to retain their Social Welfare Payment while attending a Further Education college. There are no course charges for VTOS students, all courses qualify for VTOS places.
To apply for a VTOS place, you will need to attend a VTOS meeting in the college, application is on a first come first served basis.
How do I apply for VTOS?
You must attend a VTOS meeting in the college on one of the following dates:
- 2pm Thursday 30 January 2020
- 10am Thursday 5 March 2020
- 10am Thursday 26 March 2020
- 10am Thursday 30 April 2020
- 10am Thursday 27 May 2020
Application forms will be given out at the meeting and the VTOS Coordinator will explain them and help with filling them out.
The college has a limited number of VTOS places so it is important to apply early.
In order to apply, you must first have paid the €40 course acceptance fee
You must bring either a passport, a birth certificate or a drivers licence to the meeting so that we can take a copy as evidence of your age.
Am I eligible for VTOS?
You can apply for VTOS if you are aged 21 years or over and:
Getting one of the following payments for at least 6 months (156 days) immediately before the course start date: Job Seekers Benefit or Job Seekers Allowance, Job Seekers Transition, One-Parent Family Payment, Disability Benefit or Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit or Invalidity Pension, Deserted Wife’s Benefit or Allowance, Widow’s/Widower’s/Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension, Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance, Blind Person’s Pension, Certain Training Scheme Allowances (check with social welfare)
Signing for credits for at least 6 months (156 days) immediately before the course start date
Are a registered Dependent Spouse/Partner of a person eligible to participate in VTOS for at least 6 months before the course start date
Have been made redundant and have received a statutory redundancy payment.
What will VTOS cost me?
Courses are provided free of charge.
VTOS students are paid the same amount on VTOS as they currently receive on their social welfare payment. VTOS students retain all additional benefits that they currently have when they join VTOS.
You will receive essential books and materials on loan and free of charge.
You will receive a weekly meal allowance and if you travel a distance of over 4.82 kilometres to the college you will receive a weekly travel allowance,
You are eligible for childcare support under the National Childcare Scheme.
Back To Education Allowance (BTEA)
This allowance provides financial support for students who have been offered a place on a full-time FE course and are in receipt of certain Social Welfare payments for a designated period of time. This Scheme allows students to retain their payments and any secondary benefits while in full-time education. For further information and application form, contact your local Intreo Office, or visit www.welfare.ie
Students must contact their local Intreo office prior to commencement of course.
To apply for Childcare support under the National Childcare Scheme, visit www.ncs.gov.ie
Non-EU students must comply with Irish Immigration requirements. A visa from the Immigration Section of the Department of Justice and Equality must be secured prior to commencing course. Non-EU students will be required to pay a tuition fee determined by the Department of Education and Skills.
For further details on any of the above, please contact the college on 01 285 2997, or firstname.lastname@example.org