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Educating for success 
in a changing world 

Course Charges

As all our programmes are recognised by the Dept. of Education as VPT 2 Courses, and are ESF funded there are no Course Fees. However, all students will still be liable for the payment of all examination and certification fees and charges for membership of professional bodies, where applicable.

There are no tuition fees charged for PLC or VTOS courses provided at Coláiste Íde. These courses are funded by the DES, the National Development Plan. In the PLC area charges are made for the following:

  • Sports and Cultural Council,
  • Personal Accident Insurance,
  • Relevant Examination/ Examining Body Registration fee. Upon acceptance of an offer of a place applicants will receive a list of the charges relevant to the course for which they are applying.
  • Personal equipment that may become the property of the student e.g. Tracksuits (Sports)

 PLC Maintenance Grant

All PLC Applicants should note that they may be entitled to receive a PLC Maintenance Grant. Eligibility for such grants is means-tested by the ETB in which the Applicant resides and not by the College. The Maintenance Grant does not cover the costs of registration or examination fees. It is a Maintenance grant paid to eligible recipients on a monthly basis directly into their bank account. Information concerning PLC Maintenance Grants should be obtained from the local ETB of the applicant and not the college. VTOS candidates should note that in addition to receipt of Social Welfare Entitlements, there are no charges for books, or examination/ registration fees.

Applicants may also be eligible to receive a small travel and meal allowance. Eligibility to continue to receive social welfare payments whilst participating on a course of study at Coláiste Íde is determined by the Department of Social Community and Family Affairs and not the college.

 Back to Education Allowance Scheme (BTEA) 

Applicants returning to education under the Back to Education Allowance Scheme (BTEA) continue to receive their Social Welfare Entitlements from Department of Social Community and Family Affairs as usual but they must pay for their own books, examination/registration fees similar to the PLC applicant. On confirmation of their BTEA status from Department of Social Community and Family Affairs the students may receive meal and travel allowances.

 Medical Card Holders

If you hold a valid medical card you are eligible to have FETAC fees refunded. In order to have fees refunded you must present a copy of your medical card and a copy of your student ID to the Examinations Secretary, Ms. Jean FitzGerald. Fees will be refunded in due course.

Further Information

Further information and full details on the charges relating to a particular course are available from:

Emily Walsh, 
Admissions Officer,
Telephone: 01 844 3236
Email :