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 2021/2022
- Online Application: Free
- Acceptance Deposit (To accept course following interview): €40 (non refundable)
- Student Services €150
- Course materials and extra curricular activities: Varies by course
- QQI Exam Fees:
- Level 5: €50.00*
- Level 6: €80.00*
- Other Exam Fees: Varies by Course
- PLC Government Levy: €200.00* **
* Medical Card Holders
**Back to Education Allowance Recipients and SUSI Grant Recipients
VTOS students exempt from all of the above course charges excluding €40 deposit
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
There are no course charges for VTOS students, all courses qualify for VTOS places.
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.
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.
How do I apply for VTOS?
- The college has a limited number of VTOS places so it is important to apply early.
- Applications for the VTOS scheme open in early February each year (or after our first round of interviews).
- In order to apply, you must first have paid the €40 course acceptance fee. · You can then Email email@example.com to ask for a VTOS Application Pack to be sent out to you in the post.
- All details about the VTOS scheme and how to apply are included in the VTOS Application Pack.
- Videos about the VTOS scheme are available on the Sallynoggin College YouTube channel. VTOS Videos (located in the VTOS Playlist) include information about eligibility; how to complete the Application Forms; answers to frequently asked questions about the scheme.
Am I eligible for VTOS?
You can apply for VTOS if you are aged 21 years or over at the start of the course 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.
- The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is currently a qualifying payment and the 6 months qualifying period does not apply to this payment. Please enquire about specific criteria
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