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OPTIONS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

UnemployedThis is part 3 of a series of 5

Part 1             

Part 2             

Part 3              

Part 4             

Part 5              

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STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

WORK AND TRAINING

A maximum rate of €160 BTEA/VTOS will be paid to persons aged 25 or under. If you are on these schemes, you must apply for waiver of the Student Contribution under the third level grant. Part-time VTOS options can be taken up without affecting Social Welfare entitlements subject to approval.

Upper Income Limit (fewer than four children)

 
   

Special Rate Maintenance (€2,375) and Student Contribution (€3,000)

€22,703

Full Maintenance (€1,215) and Student Contribution (€3,000)

€39,875

(with part-entitlement graded down with rising income to:)

 

Half Student Contribution (€1,500)

€54,240

The maintenance payments are higher if your college is over 45 kilometres from your home (€5,915 (Special Rate), €3,025 (Full Rate)). To qualify for the special rate, one of those whose income is being assessed must be on FIS or a Social Welfare payment. For each additional family member in college, about €4,700 is added to the other means-tests. Families with four or more dependent children also have higher upper income limits. If you are over 23, and have been living independently of your parents from 1 October of the year before entry onto the course, the means-test will apply to your own income (and that of your partner if any).