Fees 2023-2024

Please follow this link for step by step instructions on How to Pay Fees. See also Online Payments – Terms and Conditions.

The following standard fees apply to all courses within BCFE

  • Non-Refundable Course Acceptance Fee €40
  • Non-EU National fee €3,654 with relevant visa (refer to www.irishimmigration.ie)
  • Non-EU National eligible International Protection Applicants (refer to www.icosirl.ie)

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
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 www.susi.ie.  Maintenance grants are not paid for top-up degree courses in BCFE.

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. Email info@bcfe.cdetb.ie or visit Citizens Information VTOS Scheme for further information

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 www.welfare.ie.  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 www.solas.ie.  BCFE students are required to engage with the Disability Officer to access eligibility, email info@bcfe.cdetb.ie, for guidance.

Other Funding Sources

Students are advised to check Local Partnerships including Southside, Ballyfermot/Chapelizod, Bray, Northside and Wicklow Working Together for any funding that maybe available.

Laptops for Students

BCFE has a limited number of laptops available for loan to students for the academic year.  Students will be advised on how to apply for these laptops at course induction.