PLC Income Threshold Tables and Grant Award Rates

The Maintenance Grant is the only funding available to PLC students

  • Tuition students and students in receipt of a BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) or VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme) payment are not eligible to receive the maintenance grant.
  • The maintenance grant is a contribution towards day-to-day living costs and is paid directly to eligible students through nine monthly installments over the course of the academic year.
  • Maintenance grants are paid at an adjacent and non-adjacent rate. Students must ordinarily reside over 45km from where they intend to study to be eligible for the non-adjacent rate.
  • The total amount of the grant will depend on the level of a student’s reckonable income. The table below details the income thresholds and maintenance payments for PLC students (thresholds are in bold).

*The conditions to qualify for Special Rate are:

• Total household reckonable income must not exceed €24,000; and
• Reckonable income must include one of the long term Department of Social Protection eligible
payments which qualify you for Special Rate as prescribed under the Student Grant Scheme. See Special Rate awards for a list of eligible payments

Rate Less than 4 dependent children
Between 4 and 7 dependent children
8 or more dependent childrenIncome Threshold Increase per additional person in college
Special Rate* of Maintenance
Threshold
Reckonable income must be under

€24,000
Reckonable income must be under

€24,000
Reckonable income must be under

€24,000
Special Adj. Rate*
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45km or Under)
€2,375€2,375€2,375
Special Non Adj.* Rate
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45 km)
€5,915€5,915€5,915
100%
Rate of maintenance
Threshold
Reckonable income must be under

€39,875
Reckonable income must be under

€43,810
Reckonable income must be under

€47,575
+€4,830
100% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45km or Under)
€1,215€1,215€1,215
100% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45 km
€3,025€3025€3,025
75%
Rate of maintenance
Threshold
Reckonable income must be under

€40,970
Reckonable income must be under

€45,025
Reckonable income must be under

€48,890
+€4,670
75% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45km or Under)
€910€910€910
75% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45 km)
€2,270€2,270€2,270
50%
Rate of maintenance
Threshold
Reckonable income must be under

€43,380
Reckonable income must be under

€47,670
Reckonable income must be under

€51,760
+€4,670
50% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45km or Under)
€605€605€605
50% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45 km)
€1,515€1,515€1,515
25%
Rate of maintenance
Threshold
Reckonable income must be under

€45,790
Reckonable income must be under

€50,325
Reckonable income must be under

€54,630
+€4,670
25% Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(45km or Under)
€305€305€305
25% Non Adj.
Rate of Maintenance grant available
(Over 45km)
€755€755€755

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