GRANTS & ALLOWANCES
There are a range of allowance schemes for jobseekers moving from Social Welfare to training or education. These are the:
BACK TO EDUCATION ALLOWANCE
You can apply for the Back to Education Allowance if you are hoping to attend a Post Leaving Certificate Course or Institute of Education, full-time. For further information on moving from Social Welfare to training or education please check www.welfare.ie for benefits and supports.
SUSI – STUDENT UNIVERSAL SUPPORT IRELAND
If you are hoping to attend a Post Leaving Certificate Course (PLC) you may be able to get a student grant to help with living expenses while you are in education. Please check www.susi.ie for more information.
This website is a convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support for further and higher education. Please check www.studentfinance.ie for more information.
FET Training Allowances
Training courses provided by the ETB Training Centres are free (except for evening courses) and you may be paid a training allowance for the duration of your course. You can also claim an accommodation allowance if you need to live away from home for the duration of the course or a travel allowance. You may qualify for a free childcare place for your child. FET allowances are not taxable.
Your local Intreo Office can advise if you are entitled to any allowances whilst on a training course.