Student Registration Guidelines
Information Guidelines 2021 for Student Registration
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
COLÁISTE STIOFÁIN NAOFA AIMS TO SUPPORT YOU ON YOUR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY SO THAT YOUR EXPERIENCE LEADS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE. WE DELIVER QUALITY COURSES IN A RICH STUDENT-CENTRED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT.
These guidelines include information on the following:
- Student ID Cards
- Students with Disabilities and Specific Learning Needs
- Financial Information and Advice
- Course Fees
- Fee Exemptions
- General Refunds
- Maintenance Grants
- Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
- Garda Vetting
- Crèche Facilities
Please Read Carefully and Retain for Reference
1. REGISTRATION – STEP 1:
After receiving a letter of offer from the College, proceed to the online admissions system at www.csn.ie and, using your username and password:
Update your online application form and Pay the Course Fee by debit/credit card.
Should you have a difficulty with this, please contact the college office.
If you intend to apply for the VTOS grant, please contact the college office before paying the course fees. (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 4961020)
For information on the VTOS grant please refer to vtos.csn.ie
As of 1st May 2019, the college cannot accept cash/cheque/postal order/bank draft.
Please call to the college office with a copy of your current medical card in September (if applicable and subject to Covid restrictions). The medical card must be valid up to the end of September in order to claim exemption from fees.
Email Address: email@example.com
REGISTRATION – STEP 2:
Note: If you are experiencing financial difficulties paying fees, you must contact the college immediately. Students may apply for a part payment plan for approval by the Principal/Deputy Principal.
Please contact the Admissions Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Charges are outlined on pages 3 and 4. These generally cover student services, materials/facilities, certification fees, other (field trips/study visits), etc.
Liability for Fees
Liability for fees rests with the student.
Students with outstanding fees will have college facilities withdrawn, will not have attendance forms stamped, will not receive exam results and will not progress to further studies within the college.
Under no circumstances is a student allowed to graduate until all fees have been discharged to the college.
2. STUDENT ID CARDS
At student induction in September (and specified ID Card sessions) student ID cards will be issued.(This is dependant on Covid 19 restrictions that will be in place at this time) On the loss of your college ID card a replacement fee will apply. This cost is currently €20 for a replacement card.
3. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIFIC LEARNING NEEDS
CSN is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and strives to promote inclusion for all our students. In this regard, we welcome students with disabilities and specific learning needs.
The College is committed to providing appropriate supports and assistance for such students within the limits of available resources.
Students with a disability have a responsibility to disclose their disability/specific learning difficulty on their application form. When a student has disclosed their disability/specific learning difficulty they have an opportunity to get in contact with the disability support officer and supports will be outlined.
Students can access funding once they provide up to date relevant educational psychological/medical reports to support their application through the disability support service.
Letters from GPs are not acceptable in any circumstances as an assessment of disability.
Further Enquiries should be directed to: Karen McGrath, Karen.email@example.com
4. FINANCIAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE
Courses in the college are funded by the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS (the Further Education and Training Authority), with support from the European Social Fund.
Course fees are made up of:
- Programme Participant Contribution
- Student Services fee
- Examination fees
- Course specific costs
All students are required to pay, as part of their fees, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) programme participant contribution of €200.
You may be exempt from paying this contribution if:
- You hold an in-date medical card
- You are a VTOS or BTEA recipient
- You are awarded a SUSI student maintenance grant
If you hold an in-date medical card, you are exempt from the €200 PLC government charge and the €50 (Level 5) and €80 (Level 6) QQI exam fee. Please note you must show your medical card to the Main Office in September (subject to Covid restrictions) for this exemption to be made. The Office must see the actual card and the closing date for applying this exemption is 30th September. If you do not show your medical card by this date the fee waiver cannot be applied.
If you have applied for Vocational Training & Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) and you are unsuccessful, you will be obliged to pay full fees with a reduction of €250 or €280 if you hold a valid medical card. Please note that you must call to the Office and show your medical card to have this exemption applied. Again, this must be done by 30th September.
Students who apply for and subsequently receive a student maintenance grant are entitled to a refund of €200 PLC government contribution.
It is your responsibility to ensure that fee exemptions have been applied. You will see this on your payment receipt. An account statement of fees paid, etc. can be requested from the main office.
For full details of the refund policy please refer to the college website:
As part of the course fee, the college includes a student services fee. This portion covers the supply of additional classroom and study materials, some field trips, industrial site visits, guest lecturers on certain courses, access to college IT and printing supports for students, the availability of many college leisure and recreational opportunities and support for college teams and societies.
This charge applies to ALL students and no exemptions apply. However, a student who takes up a confirmed VTOS place will have the charge refunded.
QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) examination fees are €50 for level 5 or €80 for level 6.
Some courses are certified by other accrediting bodies in full or may have additional certification from such bodies as well as the QQI certification.
Each of these bodies set their own examination fees and these may vary slightly from year to year due to exchange rates.
All students who receive VTOS are exempt from paying examination fees. Students who are holders of an in-date medical card are exempt from paying QQI examination fees only.
A full breakdown of the fee per course is shown on the college website.
By accepting an offer of a place, you are accepting the terms and conditions of CETB regarding fee payments.
Maintenance Grant (SUSI)
Learners attending full-time Further Education courses may be eligible for a means-tested maintenance grant. Information regarding eligibility and application details is available at susi.ie. Payment of this monthly grant is subject to satisfactory attendance.
Please visit www.studentfinance.ie which is a convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support.
Back to Education Allowance- BTEA
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection (DSP). DSP are the decision makers in relation to who will be awarded BTEA.
The allowance can be paid to people who wish to undertake approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. This weekly allowance is not means tested and you can work part-time without affecting your BTEA payment.
Students in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance pay the appropriate course fees to the college. Students who are in receipt of the BTEA are not eligible for a maintenance grant.
Further Enquiries: Please contact your local DSP office
Garda Vetting is conducted on students attending courses where interaction with children or vulnerable adults is a feature of the course. Applicants who have been offered a place on these courses will be required to submit a Garda Vetting application prior to their commencement on the course.
5. CRÈCHE FACILITIES
If you have children and require the following services: Toddler Room, Pre-school Room, ECCE only Pre-school room, Lios na nÓg Crèche is adjacent to the college and is available for students attending CSN. Places are not guaranteed.
The crèche is open from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday during the academic year and caters for children aged 1-5 years.
Waiting List – There is a waiting list in operation if you wish to place your child’s name on it. Parents are advised that advance booking is necessary as places are limited.
Cost - Fees vary depending on circumstances but are subsidised. Grants are available depending on individuals’ circumstances.
Further Enquiries: Lorraine Feehan at 0212067621, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call to the crèche
Thank you for considering CSN as the college to further your studies and skills.
We wish you all the best for the coming year.
College Contact Details:
CSN College of Further Education, Tramore Road, Cork
P: 021 4961020