Prospective Students

Financing your studies at CCT

While CCT is an independent college, with fees applicable for all programmes, CCT wants to make all of its courses as affordable and accessible as possible.

The following presented items provide some practical ideas and guidelines in terms of financial assistance, additional funding and scholarship schemes, available which may be applicable to you.

Installment Payment Facility

Any applicant who may be experiencing difficulties in sourcing full funding for a course prior to commencement, an installment plan can be discussed with the College Admissions Personnel. This plan will always require an applicant to pay the majority of the course fee before the commencement of the course. The outstanding balance must then be paid by the end of the first semester of the academic year paid for.

Back to Education Allowance Scheme

CCT is recognised by the Department of Social Protection as meeting the criteria for students who are seeking the Back to Education Allowance, for eligible candidates.

State Funded Initiatives

CCT has provided higher education programmes wholly funded by the Irish State under the Springboard+ initiative, since it was launched in 2011.  To see if you are eligible for this funding, please click here.

CCT Scholarships for Irish School Leavers

On an annual basis, CCT releases details about the College Scholarship Scheme for Irish School Leavers, whereby, students interested in enrolling in a higher education and training programme at CCT, can avail of a full year 1 scholarship fees exemption. Prospective applicants, must fulfil the following application criteria:

  • You must apply for CCT through the CAO Application Form.
  • You must send in a letter of application for the CCT Scholarship Scheme, along with a one page essay detailing your reasons and motivation behind your desire to embark on a career in Computing/ICT or Business.
  • Further details on any Computing/ICT or Business projects you may have completed so far.

CCT encourages prospective applicants to be as innovative and creative as they possibly can with their essay and/or project, in the application.

CCT College Dublin also provides three General Student Scholarships for Irish School Leavers, up to a value of EUR1,000 per scholarship awarded, to three lucky candidates, who satisfy the following criteria:

  • The scholarship will be awarded to candidates who successful complete an in-house interview. This semi-structured interview will deal with all aspects of your application including prior academic success, career plans and commitment to education.
  • Students can apply for this scholarship by simply making it known to the college, on the application form, that they wish to be considered for this partial General Student Scholarship.

Tax Relief

Tax Relief is available at the standard rate of tax on tuition fees paid for full-time and evening courses, of at least 2 years duration and applies to fees up to €5,000. The relief may be claimed either on the individual’s tax return at the end of the tax year or during the tax year when the fees have been paid.

Approved Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses must:

  • be carried out in an approved college;
  • be of at least 2 academic years duration; and
  • in the case of courses carried out in colleges and institutions that require approval by the Department of Education and Skills for the purposes of this tax relief, the course must be approved by that Department.

Approved Postgraduate Courses

Postgraduate courses must:

  • be carried out in an approved college;
  • be of at least 1 academic year but no more than 4 academic years in duration; and
  • lead to a postgraduate award based on either a thesis or an examination.

Also, the person taking the course must already have a primary degree or equivalent qualification.

How to claim

Details of any payment made towards the fees, received or to be received, must accompany the claim. These include grants, scholarships, payment by an employer and any other payments in respect of relevant fees. All registered students will receive a receipt from the CCT Student office for the purpose of making a tax claim.

In order to claim, a person must submit a written claim to his/her local Revenue Office and include a receipt from CCT showing