The cost of going to college is not cheap, but there is a small bit of help for most people through the student grant, and the free fees scheme.
Each year in Crosscare Youth Information Service, we publish our Rough Guide to Student Grants. The 2016 version is downloadable for free at the bottom of this post. Added to this, we are happy to help anyone to complete the application, or to answer any questions that you may have!
Some of the costs of going to college:
- PLC Programme Participant Contribution of €200 per year for Level 5/6 (Colleges for Further Ed). You are exempt from this if you qualify for The Student Grant.
- Student Contribution of up to €3,000 per year for Level 7/8 (ITs/ Universities). You are exempt from this if you are eligible for The Student Grant.
- Fee for student facilities e.g. internet, services
- Exam fees
- Costs for specific courses e.g. Art material for design courses, – some course material can cost over €2,000
- Travel Costs
The main source of funding for students is ‘The Student Grant’. You apply for this through SUSI. If you have any difficulty in applying for it again just call in to us and we can help!! Also, as through the summer we hope to hold information sessions in different parts of County Wicklow. Last year we were in Arklow,Wicklow, Newtownmountkennedy and Kilcoole. We hope to repeat these and add to the venues.