Student Grant Scheme

Maintenance Grant Scheme for Post Leaving Certificate Courses 2018-2019

All grant applications must be made online to a single awarding authority SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), through
The Closing date for grant applications is August 1, 2018

  • Students who have completed a QQI Level 5 course and are now commencing a QQI Level 6 course are deemed to be commencing a new course and must also apply to the SUSI online system.
  • Any student coming direct from Leaving Certificate to a PLC course will not qualify for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and should apply for the maintenance grant.

BTEA & VTOS Recipients

  1. A student is not eligible for a maintenance grant if he or she is in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) allowance
  2. However, a student in receipt of the BTEA or VTOS allowance is eligible to apply for the fee grant elements – a tuition fee, a student contribution and a field trip.

Note to Hairdressing Year 2 Applicants

Students coming from Hairdressing Year 1 must be in receipt of full QQI certification from that year to be eligible for grant aid in the second year.

Component Certificates are not full certificates.


  • Student Grant Applications can be made on-line at
  • In previous years if a student entered a PLC course and gave up after a few weeks/months then applied at a later date for a grant for another Level 5 course, they were out of funding. Under the 2011 Grant Scheme a student who did not complete a QQI Level 5 course as they dropped out and now wish to do another QQI Level 5 course, can pick up the grant if eligible from the pickup date when an equivalent period of study is done.


A student started a course in Sept. 2014 and dropped out in December 2014. This student now starts another course in September 2015 – once they have completed their study in December 2015 they may be eligible for grant funding from January to May 2016.

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