Back to education allowance

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows qualifying persons to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.

The BTEA allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education.


Eligibility for a student grant while in receipt of BTEA

Since September 2010, students entering a new course who are in receipt of the BTEA are no longer eligible for a maintenance grant. Such students can, however, apply under the student grant scheme to have the student contribution charge and any tuition fees payable for the course paid on their behalf.

Students currently in receipt of both the BTEA and maintenance will continue to be eligible for both payments for the duration of their current course provided they meet the terms and conditions of the student grant scheme.


How to Apply

All information in respect of the BTEA is available from the Department of Social Protection at: