Ballyfermot College of Further Education BCFE

Fees 2020-2021

The following standard fees apply to all courses within BCFE

The following variable fees apply to all courses within BCFE

  • Student Services fee to cover insurance, ID card, course materials, class materials, equipment, licenses, field trips or additional certification.
  • Examination fee to cover professional examination certification.

The following exemptions to fees apply

Medical Card Grant VTOS BTEA Non-EU
Non-Refundable Course Acceptance Fee Exempt
Student Services Fee Exempt
PLC Government Levy Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Examination Fee Exempt (QQI Only) Exempt

Sources of Funding

PLC Maintenance Grant Scheme

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) provides a means-tested maintenance grant scheme for those attending full-time further education.  All applications for grants are made online through SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland).  Refer to

VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme)

This scheme applies to all courses within BCFE and is designed to assist unemployed people over 21 with an opportunity to return to full time education without losing benefits.  Early application, directly to BCFE, for this funding is required, as there are a limited number of places.  Email to assess eligibility.

BTEA (Back to Education Allowance)

This scheme is run by the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) and allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in full-time further education courses. Refer to  Course fees still apply.

SOLAS  Fund for Students with Disabilities

The Fund for Students with Disabilities allocates funding to further and higher education colleges for the provision of services and supports to full-time students with disabilities. Applications to the fund are made on behalf of an eligible student by BCFE.  Refer to  BCFE students are required to engage with the Disability Officer to access eligibility, email, for guidance.

Other Funding Sources

Students are advised to check Local Partnerships including Southside, Ballyfermot/Chapelizod, Bray, Northside and Wicklow W