Student Grants

Rathmines College students are eligible for three grant options.

The SUSI grant scheme is for qualifying Further Education students and operates through The Department of Education and Skills.



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This scheme is for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. The BTEA is also for a wide range of people who might want to return to education, so people qualify in different ways, depending on their age and circumstances.

Courses must be full-time and lead to a certificate approved by QQI. Please contact the college or your local Intreo office for more information.

What is VTOS?

  • VTOS Application Form
  • VTOS (the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme) makes available a range of fulltime courses to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people.
  • The scheme is offered for a maximum of two years.
  • It gives participants opportunities to improve their general level of education, gain certification, develop their skills and prepare for employment, self-employment, and further education and training.
  • It allows participants to receive their usual weekly payment and allowances (such as fuel etc.): in most cases the source of payment is transferred from the DEASP to VTOS.
  • Your college fees will be included in the grant, once eligibility has been confirmed.
  • There is also a small meal allowance, and travel allowance where applicable.
  • VTOS students are permitted to work for up to twenty hours per week
  • Who is eligible for VTOS?
    • Are you, or will you be, over 21 years of age on the start date of your new course?
    • Are you / your spouse currently unemployed / getting a payment from the DEASP?
    • Will you have been getting this payment for at least six months before the start date of the course you’re applying for?
    • If you meet the two criteria above, then you can apply for VTOS.
    • More information on eligibility etc. can be found on the Citizens’ Information website here.
    How do You Apply?
    • Apply online for a course in Rathmines College
    • Fill in VTOS application form here.
    • You can also discuss plans with a Case Officer in your local Intreo office.
    • VTOS applicants will be required to meet the VTOS Co-ordinator in late August to provide evidence of their current DEASP payment (and duration of same) in order to secure their place on VTOS. A place will only be offered once all documentation has been processed.
    • Students in Year One of VTOS in another college o Further Education can also transfer to Rathmines College for their Year Two, and vice versa.
    • The VTOS Co-ordinator at Rathmines College is Maeve O’Sullivan (
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