Financial Information


As the college is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), there are no tuition fees for EU Nationals.
The following Course and Other Fees apply:
  • Non refundable deposit of €40 on application
  • Student Services Fee (typically €220) to cover such things as photocopying, id cards, equipment, licenses etc.  However, some courses charge additional fees where the cost of materials for that course is higher
  • FETAC Examination Fee of €50.  Some courses may have additional examination fees if they are accredited by bodies other than FETAC e.g. EDEXCEL, ECDL
  • PLC Government Levy of €200.  This contribution is an annual levy and learners on PLC courses of more than one year’s duration must pay this levy for each year of that course

The following categories of learners are exempt from paying this PLC levy on production of the appropriate evidence at course registration.  Learners who fail to provide the evidence at registration are liable for this fee.

I. Full medical card holders and their dependent children
II. Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
III. Those who are in receipt of back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) allowances
  • Learners should budget for extra costs for example textbooks, registration with professional bodies, media consumables and field trips etc which may be incurred
  • The fees and the fee refund policy is available at and all learners are advised to read it prior to application

International Applicants

  • DFEi welcomes applicants from all over the world. We value the cultural diversity and richness that they bring to the college
  • International Non-EU applicants must comply with Irish Immigration requirements and must present either a student visa or letter of permission to remain in Ireland issued by the Immigration Section of the Department of Justice. In addition to the fees listed above, Non-EU applicants will be required to pay the full tuition fees of €3,653 for each academic year as set by the Department of Education and Skills. Details are available from the college.

Student Maintenance Grants

In 2013/2014 students undertaking any course are required to apply to: The New ‘On-line Grant Application System’. Applications are completed through and will be assessed by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Such grants are means tested.

VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme)

VTOS is suitable for those adults who have been out of education and wish to return. Applicants must be over 21 years and have been receiving social welfare benefits for at least 156 days. VTOS applicants are eligible to apply for all courses in the college.

Applying for a VTOS place

  • Fill out the college application form
  • Fill out the VTOS application form
  • Return both forms to the college
  • Apply early as places are limited
  • If you fail to get a VTOS place, you can apply for the BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) scheme

The following applicants are eligible for VTOS

  • Unemployed on Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit
  • Those receiving One Parent Family Benefit
  • An Adult dependent on a person in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit
  • Those receiving Disability Allowance/Invalidity Pension/Illness Benefit
  • Those signing on for Credits
  • The Blind

Benefits of VTOS

  • VTOS applicants retain all social welfare benefits and any secondary benefits including: Fuel/Rent Allowance
  • Free access to text books
  • No course or exam fees
  • Meal and travel allowance subject to certain conditions
  • Access to childcare facilities
  • Additional training allowance may apply

For further details about the VTOS scheme contact the admissions office.

BTEA (back to Education Allowance Scheme)

The BTEA allows those in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain these payments whilst participating in approved BTEA fulltime courses in the college.

The following applicants are eligible for BTEA

  • Those over 21 years of age


  • Those aged between 18 and 20 and out of the formal education system for at least two years


Have been receiving one of the following benefits for six months or more

  • Jobseekers allowance/Benefit
  • Signing for credits

Apply to your local social welfare office.

Benefits of BTEA

  • An allowance equal to the maximum standard rate of jobseekers benefit including any increase(s) for a qualified adult and/or dependent children
  • Cost of education allowance, currently €300

Further details about the BTEA scheme are available from Social Welfare (

Other Funding/Advisory Sources

The following websites provide assistance for learners in relation to funding.

DFEi advises learners to investigate the different local partnership companies and community groups in their areas for possible funding.

In Summary

For information about fees contact the admissions office. The following exemptions to fees apply:

  Medical Card Grant BTEA VTOS NON-EU
Non Refundable Deposit       Exempt  
Student Services Fee       Exempt  
PLC Government Levy Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt Exempt
Examinations Fee Exempt (FETAC only)     Exempt