Financial Information

Students who have been unemployed for a certain period may be entitled to funding under the VTOS or the BTEA scheme. Enquiries regarding such matters should be made to the College Principal, Kevin Harrington. Some students may be entitled to grants.

You may be entitled to avail of the following schemes that will help you on your chosen course:

Maintenance Grants: Students at the College may be entitled to maintenance grants. Conditions for eligibility are the same as those for Universities or Institutes of Technology students. Contact the college for more information, or full information and application details may be obtained from Students who wish to apply for Maintenance Grants should apply via

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): This allowance is paid at a weekly rate equal to your previous social protection payment that qualifies you for participation in the scheme. The allowance is payable for the duration of the course. It essentially replaces your existing social welfare income.

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS):

VTOS offers unemployed people an opportunity to return to structured learning in an adult setting. If you are currently getting a Job Seekers’ Allowance or a Job Seekers’ Benefit, you will instead get a training allowance at a rate equivalent to the maximum rate of your payment. You may receive a small lunch allowance and, depending on the distance between your home and the VTOS centre, you may be entitled to a travel allowance. You may be also given books and course materials free of charge.

Full information on these schemes is available from

€200 Annual PLC Programme Participant Contribution:

Budget 2011 provided for the introduction of a €200 annual PLC programme participant contribution. PLC programme participant contributions apply with effect from the 2011/2012 academic year.

Any learner who enrols on an approved PLC course is eligible to pay the €200 PLC programme participant contribution. The contribution is an annual contribution. Eligible participants on PLC courses of more than one year’s duration must pay the contribution for each year of that course.

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the €200 PLC programme participant contribution:

  • Full medical card holders in their own right and their dependent children.
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme.
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) allowances.

Students who have applied for the Student Grant Scheme must supply evidence confirming that the application has been received. Students who have applied for the Back to Education Allowance must supply a letter from the relevant Authority confirming that the application has been received.

Students who have their applications for the Student Grant Scheme or Back to Education Allowance turned down must pay the PLC programme participant contribution.

Financial Information


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Stillorgan College of Further Education
Old Dublin Road
Co. Dublin

P 01 2880704
F 01 2832207

10 Reasons To Apply

Offers student-centred education in a friendly and supportive atmosphere
High standard of results
Excellent track record of facilitating progression to Higher Education
Offers nationally and internationally recognised qualifications
Diverse student body with an inclusive ethos
Central location in South Dublin with good links to public transport and on-site parking
Dedicated staff who have relevant industry experience
Strong emphasis by staff on meeting the individual needs of all students
Excellent facilities - there is a very high ratio of computers to students with up-to-date equipment and industry-standard software
Because we’re a small college, we have greater flexibility in supporting the needs of students than larger institutions


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