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Back to Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance 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 is paid to people who wish to take part in third level courses and is not an unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment which is not means tested. If you are signing for unemployment credits or submitting medical certificates for illness credits, you may apply to take part in the scheme.

The Back to Education is 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.

One way to qualify for Back to Education is if you have claimed Illness Benefit for two years or more.

Another way to qualify is if you are aged at least 21, or are aged at least 24 if you want to do postgraduate study and getting one of the following for at least 9 months:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit
  • Farm Assist
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance or Benefit
  • Widow’s or Widower’s Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension
  • Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance

You can also qualify for Back to Education if you are aged at least 18 or are aged at least 24 if you want to do postgraduate study, and getting one of the following for at least 9 months:

  • Blind Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Incapacity Supplement

 

For more informnation go to http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/back_to_education/back_to_education_allowance.html

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