Grant Aided Scheme


All our students are eligible to apply for the Maintenance Grants Scheme for Post Leaving Certificate Courses. If you reside in the County Cork administrative are and wish to apply for a summart of the scheme and an application form, you should send a large self addressed envelope to Co. Cork VEC, Yeats House, Barrack Square, Ballincollig, Co. Cork 


Applicants must be over 21 years and be in receipt of the following benefits for 6 months or more:
  •  Unemployment Assistance
  • Unemployment Benefit
  • Lone Parent Allowance
  • Prisoner’s Spouse
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disability Benefit
  • An adult dependant on a person in receipt of unemployment assistance

All day courses at McEgan College qualify for V.T.O.S. In addition to full Social Welfare entitlements, applicants are eligible for: 

  • Text Books, course and exam fees
  • Meal and travel allowance
  • P.L.C. Grants
  • An additional allowance is paid to those with more than one year on the live register.
For further information contact – V.T.O.S. Co-ordinator:
Maureen Murnane, The Sutherland Centre, North Street, Skibereen, C. Cork.
Tel: 028 21011 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Participants in this scheme receive a standard rate of payment that is not means tested. The allowance is payable for the duration of the course, including holidays and any maintenance grant you receive will not affect your existing payments.

In addition to your weekly payment, you will also be entitled to an annual Cost of Education Allowance. If you qualify for the Back to Education Allowance, you will keep entitlements to any secondary benefits.
To qualify for the Back to Education Allowance:
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • Farm Assist
  • One Parent Family Allowance
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit
  • Widow/Widower’s Contributory Pension
  • Carer’s Allowance

Be in receipt of one of one of the following social welfare payments for at least 6 months 

  • Unemployment Assistance or Unemployment Benefit


Any full time, certified course which is recognised by the Department of Education and Science or approved by Further Education and Training Awards Council.

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Phone: 026 41076
Fax: 026 42719
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