Funding

We pride ourselves on keeping the cost of accessing courses to a minimum for students. 

  • There are no tuition fees for EU nationals
  • Government levy of €200 per PLC student applies
  • Applicants pay an Administration fee of €50 before course commencement to secure their place.
  • Applicants pay other costs (books, exam fees, professional membership fees, optional training etc)
  • Non EU nationals are charged a tuition fee determined by the Irish Government

Most students can secure funding assistance from various different sources and our admissions staff are available to offer advice to potential students.

The fees for each PLC Course at Monaghan Institute can be found in the Courses area of our website. Browse to your preferred course, and click on the Fees Tab.

Alternatively, you can view or download the MI Academic Fees Listing for 2021/2022

Depending on course selection, payment may also be required for some of the following: Books, field trips, specialist equipment (e.g. hairdressing/beauty kits, scientific instruments), sports coaching, learner services, registration charges by professional bodies and examination fees.

In 2011, a Government Levy of €200 was introduced to be charged to learners (EU nationals) enrolling on full time PLC courses. The following categories of participants are exempt from paying the €200 Government levy:

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

These exemptions apply only to the Government Levy.

Full-time learners may be eligible to apply for PLC maintenance grants, which are means tested. For further details, visit the Student Finance page on the Higher Education Authority website or the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) website where applications can be made online or downloaded.

Two special schemes exist that may allow applicants who are receiving certain social welfare benefits to attend an approved full time course and continue to receive payments. These schemes are the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and the Back to Education Allowance Scheme (BTEA).

These schemes allow eligible participants to:

  • Start or continue education and training
  • Develop new skills
  • Gain certification at a range of levels
  • Enhance employment prospects

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

This is a scheme operated to give unemployed people educational opportunities without losing their benefits. VTOS is funded by the Department of Education and Skills with assistance from the European Social Fund. It applies to all full time courses offered at Monaghan Institute. For further information and to download an Application Form, please visit our VTOS page.

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

The Department of Social Protection administer the Back to Education Allowance Scheme as one of its second chance educational opportunities for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities. This scheme allows you to keep your social welfare payment and return to full time second/third level courses. For further details contact your local ETB or social welfare office or visit the Student Finance page on the Higher Education Authority website or www.welfare.ie

Yes, Non-EU applicants may apply.

Applicants from Non-EU countries, with the exception of those who have special leave to remain in Ireland, are obliged to pay a Department of Education & Skills fee of €3,653, plus the relevant course fees.

Note: Pilot arrangements for access to PLC courses exist on the following basis for three particular groups (asylum applicants, subsidiary protection applicants and those at the leave to remain stage but in respect of whom a deportation order has not issued):

Applicants in these three groups must:

  • meet the definition of protection applicant or person at leave to remain stage (other than those at the deportation order stage);

and

  • have been part of an application for protection or leave to remain for a combined period of three years as at 31 August 2021.

Persons with special leave to remain in Ireland or in any of the categories to which the pilot arrangements apply must produce appropriate documentation to verify that status, as applications cannot be processed until the relevant paperwork is submitted.

International Applicants should contact the college office for further information.

Yes, the Learner Assistance Fund and the ICT Device Loan Scheme.

The Learner Assistance Fund

Monaghan Institute and CMETB can provide limited financial assistance to support learners who are experiencing disadvantage, towards the costs associated with undertaking a programme of study, e.g. transport, meals, rent, ICT and class materials.

The ICT Device Loan Scheme

Monaghan Institute and CMETB can provide an ICT device under a loan scheme, to disadvantaged learners, to support them with studies.