Please see VTOS page.
Please see BTEA page.
To qualify for a maintenance grant, you must fulfill the conditions of the scheme as regards:
Students attending full-time approved courses in BCFE for the academic session 20011/2012 are eligible to apply for a maintenance grant. At present BCFE Level 8 Degree courses are not on the DES approved list of courses. This grant does not cover the cost of registration or examination fees. Students doing Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses do not get fee grants. Students who are eligible for the maintenance grant will be exempt from the PLC participant contribution (Euro 200 government levy).
The maintenance grant is paid directly into the students' bank account each month and is available to fully registered PLC students who are progressing from one level to the next. There are detailed conditions about the level of the course you are attending; whether you have attended a course at the same level already; and whether the course represents progression from your previous studies. In general, you will not get a grant for repeating a year or attending a course at a level that does not represent progression from previous studies. However, ‘second chance students’ may be eligible for a grant. Also since 2009/10 students participating in BTEA and VTOS are no longer eligible to qualify for receipt of PLC Grants.
From 2012-2013 on students apply for the PLC Maintenance Grant to City of Dublin Vocational Educational Committee (CDVEC), Town Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. It is intended that all new grant applications will be made online from 2012-2013.
Step 1: Register on studentfinance.ie (You will need your PPS Number)
Step 2: Activate your account. The system will send you an email with activation link. Follow the instructions in the email.
Step 3: Log into system and complete your application. Note: you can save your progress and return to the application at anytime.
Step 4: When application form completed, submit your application. The system will send you an email with a checklist of required documentation and a declaration form.
Step 5: Check your email. Gather your required documentation and post them, the checklist and the signed declaration form to your awarding authority. You’re application will be queued for assessment when the Awarding Authority receives this information.
Step 6: Return the course acceptance form / FA2
The PLC Maintenance Grant is a means tested grant. Your income must be below a certain level before the grant is awarded. This involves an assessment of the earnings in the family (parents and candidate). Students over 23 years of age, who are living outside the family home will be assessed on their income and that of their spouse (if applicable).
If you were ordinarily resident with your parents from October 1 of the year before the year of entry to the course, you are considered dependent on your parents and your income (if any) is assessed together with your parents' income(s). An allowance is made for the students’ earnings outside of term-time – up to €3,809 currently.
Independent mature candidates are candidates aged over 23 who live separately from their parents from 1 October of the year before the year of entry to the course. If you are an independent student, you are assessed on your own income (and that of your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, if applicable).
The means test for a student grant in 2012-2013 is based on your family's income for the previous full tax year (2011). However, if you or your family have had a change of circumstances (which is likely to be permanent) since 31 December 2011, your changed circumstances may be taken into account.
Some social welfare payments are excluded from 'reckonable income' for the purposes of student grants - see more details on reckonable income on studentfinance.ie.
Budget 2012: The value of certain capital assets will be taken into account in the means test for student grants from 2013.
The family income limits for eligibility for a maintenance grant in 2011-2012 are set out below. These limits also qualify you in respect of the fee grant (if you are otherwise eligible).
|Number of dependent children||Full maintenance||Part maintenance (75%)||Part maintenance (50%)||Part maintenance (25%)|
|Fewer than 4||€41,110||€42,235||€44,720||€47,205|
|4 to 7||€45,165||€46,415||€49,145||€51,880|
|8 or more||€49,045||€50,400||€53,360||€56,320|
The Budget has reduced the income thresholds for entitlement to student grants (listed above) by 3% for the session 2013/14. This table will be updated as soon as the new table becomes available.
The levels of maintenance grant applicable for 2012-13 from January 2013 are as follows:
(All figures are in Euros)
|Type||Non-adjacent rate||Adjacent rate|
|Part maintenance (75%)||€2,270||€940|
|Part maintenance (50%)||€1,515||€605|
|Part maintenance (25%)||€755||€315|
According to Budget 2012 existing rates of grant support as outlined above will be maintained for those qualifying in 2013. Any changes announced in Budget 2013 will be effective from January 2014.
For students who live 45 kilometres or less from the college being attended, the adjacent rate of maintenance grant is payable. This rate applies to all students living within this distance, including all mature students, both dependent and independent. The non-adjacent rate applies to everyone else.
Further info available at www.citizensinformation.ie
Only EU nationals who have resided in the relevant local authority since the 1st of October of the year previous to starting the course may apply.
In order to get a student grant you must:
Since the academic year 2010-2011, you must have been legally resident in the State for 3 of the previous 5 years to qualify for a maintenance grant. However, if you are studying elsewhere in the EU for a recognised qualification, and you were resident in the State for 3 of the 5 years before starting that course, you satisfy this requirement. Find more details of this requirement on studentfinance.ie.
A maintenance grant is a contribution towards the living costs of a student and is payable at
The maintenance grant is paid at either the adjacent or non-adjacent rate, depending on the distance between a student’s normal residence and the institution where the approved course takes place. The adjacent rate is payable if the student’s normal residence is 45km or less from the approved institution they are attending. The non-adjacent rate is payable in all other cases.
If you fulfil all the criteria for a maintenance grant except for the residence condition in the State, you may still qualify for a fee grant as a ‘tuition student’.
A tuition student is someone who fulfils all the conditions for a student grant except for residence in the State, but who has been resident in an EEA state or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years .The members of the EEA (the European Economic Area) are the 27 members of the EU, along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
Your parents or guardians, or you yourself if you are an independent mature candidate (see below) must have been ordinarily resident in the administrative area of the local authority from 1 October prior to applying for the grant.