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Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

The Department of Social Protection administers the Back to Education Allowance. This scheme allows you to keep your Social Welfare payment and return to full-time second and third level courses. The approved full time education course must lead to a higher qualification on the National Framework Qualifications other than that already held.

Who is eligible for the Back to Education Allowance?

You will be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance if you are:

  • Aged 21 and in receipt of one of the qualifying payments or
  • Aged 18 and in receipt of a (specified) disability payment or 
  • Aged between 18 and 21 years of age and out of formal education for at least two years 

or

  • Awarded Statutory Redundancy payment and are entitled to one of the qualifying social welfare payments.

Third Level Option:

  • Aged 21 or over and getting one of the following payments for at least 9 months (234 days): Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit, Farm Assist, One-Parent Family Payment, Deserted Wife’s Allowance / Benefit, Widow’s/ Widower’s Contributory, Non-Contributory pension, Prisoners Wife’s Allowance or Carers Allowance
  • Aged 18 or over and getting one of the following payments for at least 12 months; Blind Pension, Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or Incapacity Supplement

or

  • Aged between 18 and 20 and out of formal education for two years and getting one of the following payments for at least 9 months (234 days); JB, JA

or

  • One-Parent Family Payment or Aged 18 or over and in receipt of Illness Benefit for 2 years or more
*Under no circumstances will the BTEA be awarded to a person who already holds a postgraduate qualification.
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by admin