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Social Welfare Payments and returning to college

If you are returning to education and have been getting a social welfare payment you may qualify for the Back to Education Allowance or the student grant depending on your circumstances. You cannot get the Back to Education Allowance and a full student grant at the same time.

If you are getting One-Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or Illness Benefit, you will need to assess whether it is more beneficial for you to transfer to the BTEA when you go back to education or to remain on your current payment and apply for a student grant. If you are receiving Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance, you must transfer to the BTEA if you wish to keep a social welfare payment when you go back to education.

Please see Citizens advice for more information CLICK HERE

Switching to Back To Education Allowance

If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection, you may attend a second-or third-level education course and get the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). You can work part-time without affecting your BTEA payment.

Please see Citizens advice for more information CLICK HERE

Request for letters form the college

Students may need to request letters for their grant application or Social Welfare.

If you need to request a letter it will usually take 24hours.

You will need to fill out a form these are available from your School Office.

 

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