Fees & Payment
On this page: Fees, Refunds, Financial Supports (grants, VTOS, BTEA)
Note: Course fees vary per course. For a specific course fee, please visit the course page.
Courses in the college are funded by the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS (the Further education and Training Authority, with support from the European Social Fund. There are no tuition fees for PLC courses for EU/EEA students.
Course fees are made up of:
- Student Services fee
- Examination fees
- Course Specific costs
As part of the course fee, the college includes a Student Services Fee. This part covers the supply of additional classroom and study materials, some field trips, industry site visits, guest lecturers on certain courses and access to college IT for students, the availability of many college leisure and recreational opportunities and support for College teams and societies.
This charge applies to ALL students and no exemptions apply; however a student who takes up a confirmed VTOS place will have the charge refunded.
QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) examination fees are €50 for Level 5, or €80 for Level 6.
Some courses are certified by other accrediting bodies in full, or may have additional certification from such bodies as well as the QQI certification. Each of these bodies set their own examination fees and these may vary slightly from year to year due to exchange rates. Individual course costs on the college fees page, include these fees.
All students who receive VTOS are exempt from paying examination fees; students who are holders of a Medical Card or a dependant of a Medical Card holder are exempt from paying QQI examination fees only.
Some courses incur additional costs for course related items, e.g. student’s kits and uniforms, manuals etc. The costs associated any such items apply to all students, including VTOS.
A full breakdown of the fees per course can be found on each individual course page.
By accepting an offer of a place, you are accepting the terms and conditions of CETB regarding fee payments.
For details on how to apply for a refund of your fees, please visit the Refund Policy page.
Further education (PLC) students will be eligible to receive PLC maintenance grants.
For more information on these please visit www.SUSI.ie (Student Universal Support Ireland).
Please note that grants are means tested.
If eligible the amount of the grant is dependent on the distance students travel from their place of residence to the college. It is advisable for students to apply as early as possible for maintenance grants.
For further information please see www.studentfinance.ie
For detailed information about VTOS eligibility and applying, please visit our VTOS page.
BTEA (Back to Education Allowance)
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection.
The allowance can be paid to people who wish to undertake approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. This weekly allowance is not means tested and you can work part-time without affecting your BTEA payment.
Any full time day course provided by Cork College of Commerce is eligible for BTEA as long as the applicant is progressing their level of education qualification i.e. if an applicant has a Level 5 qualification on the National framework of Qualifications (NFQ) they must undertake a course that leads to a Level 6 qualification at least
An applicant will qualify for BTEA if they are at least 21 years of age and in receipt of one of the following benefits for at least 3 months (78 days).
- Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit
- Farm Assist
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Deserted Wife’s Allowance or Benefit
- Widow’s or Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension
- Prisoners Wife’s Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Blind Pension
- Disability Allowance
- Invalidity Pension
- Incapacity Supplement (based on a life Disablement Pension)
- Or claimed Illness Benefit for two years or more.
However, if you are getting Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit or One-Parent Family Payment for at least 3 months (78 days) are aged between 18 and 20 and been out of formal education for at least 2 years you may also qualify.
Also if you are 18 or over and getting Blind Pension, Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or Incapacity Supplement for at least 3 months (78 days) you may similarly qualify.
For current information on the schemes qualifying conditions, please contact your local Social Welfare Office or:
Back to Education Schemes
Department of Social Protection, Social Welfare Services,
Government Buildings, Shannon Lodge, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
t: (071) 967 2698
How do I apply for the back to education allowance?
If you think you are eligible for the BTEA and you have been accepted on an approved course in the College, you should complete the Social Welfare form BTE 1.
The BTE 1 form is available from your local social welfare office. You can access the form directly and print it off by clicking on http://www.welfare.ie/en/forms/documents/bte1.pdf.
Applications for BTEA must be made prior to commencement of an approved course but late applications will be accepted if received within 30 days of the commencement date of the course, provided there are reasonable grounds for doing so.
Further Information is available at www.studentfinance.ie.