Costs, Fees & Finance2018-03-06T15:32:08+00:00

Costs, Fees & Finance

Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training aims to make education as accessible as possible, and you will find that we offer great value for money. To help you plan, we’ll explain the costs, and you will find that studying with us is very affordable.

Your tuition is free, though you pay for registration and examination/ awarding body fees. In addition, every student is liable for the Government Levy (Fee) on PLC courses* for each year of tuition.

* You won’t have to pay the Government PLC Levy (fee) if you are an Irish citizen/EU national and are:

  • A full medical card holder in your own right, or are the dependent child of a medical card holder
  • Eligible under the student grant scheme
  • In receipt of either the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) allowances

If you are eligible for this exemption, you will only have to pay the relevant Registration and Examination/Awarding Body fee. We will send you full details of available fee exemptions when you are invited to enrol.

All fees are non-refundable, and you must pay all registration fees to attend class or other activities.

Fees are correct at time of writing but please check with the Institute for current information

Additional Awarding Body Fees
Some courses may have additional examination fees for qualifications from different awarding bodies. See the course information page for details, or ask at interview.

Materials, Clothing & Equipment Fees
Some courses required professional materials, clothing or equipment. Although you pay for these items, they are yours for your course and beyond. A full list is available on the course pages, and will be available at the point of interview.

We welcome applicants from all parts of the world. If you are a Non-EU National, you are required to pay a full tuition fee, unless you meet government exemption requirements (Special Leave to Remain). The tuition fee is determined by the Department of Education and Skills. You are also required to pay the relevant Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training registration and examination/awarding body fees, and other possible course costs.

Please be aware that successful applicants born outside Ireland will be required to provide appropriate documentation to confirm their legal status. All offers of places are subject to status and interview. Fees are non-refundable, and you must pay all registration fees to attend class or other activities. Fees are correct at time of publication, but please contact the Institute for current information.

  • Non-EU applicants will need to prove their identity and leave to stay and study before they will be offered a place at Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training
  • Non-EU applicants must comply with Irish Immigration requirements. A visa from the Immigration Section of the Department of Justice and Equality must be secured, prior to acceptance. Non-EU applicants will be required to pay a tuition fee as determined by the Department of Education and Skills.
  • Visa applicants: Currently, due to government policy, the Institute is not permitted to offer places to students who require a student visa.
  • International applicants from Non-E.U. Countries with Special Leave to Remain in Ireland:
    Applicants in this section generally are in one of the following categories:

    • Refugee Status
    • Asylum seeker with the right
      to work
    • Parent of an Irish child
    • Married to an Irish Citizen

Those with refugee status are not subject to tuition fees but must pay all other fees including the Institute Registration of €150, any examination/awarding body fees, the Government PLC Levy (fee) €200, any other additional awarding body and/or materials, clothing or equipment fees.

Those who are parents of an Irish born child or those married to an Irish citizen, subject to confirmation by the Department of Justice, Immigration and Law Reform, may not be required to pay tuition fees, but must pay all other fees including the Institute Registration of €150, any examination/awarding body fees, the Government PLC Levy (fee) €200, any other additional awarding body and/or materials, clothing or equipment fees.

Asylum seekers with the right to work must pay the full Department of Education fee €3,653 and must pay all other fees including the Institute Registration of €150, all examination/awarding body fees, the Government PLC Levy (fee) €200, any other additional awarding body and/or materials, clothing or equipment fees

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