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In Liberties College around 30% of all students are receiving Back to Education Allowance. These students are in any of our 35 courses who have been unemployed or in receipt of payment through the Department of Social Protection and have made a decision to return to full-time education. BEA students continue to receive all their benefits and allowances.

You can apply to most courses as a BEA Student if you are

21 years or older and -

in receipt of Job-Seekers Payment or Credits for at least 3 months before commencement date of the course


in receipt of One Parent Family Allowance


in receipt of Disability Allowance


in receipt of Disability Benefit, Invalidity Payment, Widow’s/Widower’s Payment, Delendent Claimant

How to Apply

Complete the standard college application form available from the Admissions Office. If you receive a course place offer you will meet with the College BEA/VTOS co-ordinators Anne O’Donohue and Eileen McPartland who will guide you through all additional procedures.

For further details about VTOS contact:

Anne O’Donohue
VTOS Co-ordinator Liberties College

Tel (01) 4540044
What are the advantages of being a BEA student?

1 You will continue to receive social welfare payment as you do now and you will receive a sum (€300 in 2012) from social welfare towards course costs. BEA participants are not eligible to apply for a grant through SUSI

2 You may be eligible for meal and travel allowances. For up-to-date information refer to

Vocational Training Opportunities
Scheme (VTOS)

We have a small number of VTOS places, the majority of which are allocated to three dedicated VTOS (core) courses.

Applicants for the places available must be in receipt of one of the qualifying payments (as above) for at least 6 months before commencement date of course.

VTOS participants may be eligible for meal and travel allowances and some course expenses (incl. books and materials expenses) are covered by VTOS funding.

VTOS participants are not eligible to apply for a student maintence grant through SUSI.

 Government Legisation has imposed a €200 registration charge which is included in all course fees.

The following categories may be exempted from paying this charge:
  • Those in receipt of a Back to Education Allowance (BEA) or Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) allowance – as outlined above. 
  • Candidates who are eligible under the Student Grant Scheme through SUSI
  • Full medical card holders. 
  • Dependent children of medical card holders. 
In order to avail of a possible €200 refund, students must provide evidence of exemption prior to or at registration.


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