Step 1: Non-Refundable Deposit
Following acceptance of an offer of a place, the applicant must submit a non-refundable deposit of €500 at this stage. If this is not received, it will be taken that s/he is no longer interested in the offer for this year and the place will be offered to the next available person.
Step 2: Payment at Registration
Once formal registration on the programme is complete, a further €1,500 must be paid, which means that €2,000 of the total programme fee will be paid. This must be paid by 15th September.
Once this amount has been paid, the Accounts Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) must then be advised of the chosen method of payment for the remainder of the programme fee, which is set out in either Steps 3 or 4.
Step 3: Payment in Full
In this case, this should be paid in full by 15th November.
Step 4: Payment by Instalment
If you have chosen to pay the programme fee by this method, you will be required to make 7 instalments. These must be paid through a Direct Debit (DD) mandate starting 1st of November.
You are required to complete a DD mandate form with your details and return it to the Accounts Office. Each payment will be required at the first day of the month.
In the award year (i.e. the final year) each Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) validated programme attracts an additional QQI award fee of €150 for Level 7 programmes and €200 for Level 8 programmes.
Where a learner’s payment of fees falls into arrears, SNMCI will withdraw privileges such as access to SNMCI’s virtual learning environment, library and other facilities. If the payment of arrears is not cleared by the end of class contact within each semester, the following sanctions will apply:
Furthermore, SNMCI reserves the right to seek the assistance of third parties to recover the outstanding amounts.
The question of Tax Relief on Course Fees is ultimately a matter for the Revenue Commissioners.
Most programmes of study of two or more years’ duration have been approved for tax relief. Further information on claiming tax relief can be found on the Revenue Commissioners’ website at www.revenue.ie
SNMCI will not refund fees to any learner after s/he has formally registered for a programme, except in extenuating circumstances which are at the discretion of the Director of SNMCI. No refund will be made to any learner who fails to attend classes or who withdraws and does not finish the scheduled course.
Under the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act, 2012, providers of higher education programmes, including SNMCI, must have learner protection arrangements in place. This means that in the event of SNMCI not being able to provide your programme for any reason including cessation of trading or withdrawal of validation, learners will be able to continue with their studies in other higher education institutions.
SNMCI is participating in the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) PEL scheme. Under this scheme, SNMCI programmes are ‘bonded’ by National College of Ireland (NCI) and Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS). This bonding is being complemented by the establishment of a Trust Fund, where 2% of annual fee income is being set aside to provide financial support to those colleges to ensure that your studies will be continued with the minimum amount of disruption.
The HECA PEL scheme is accepted by QQI for the purposes of compliance with Section 65 of the 2012 Act.
All information on the visa requirements is available on Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website http://www.inis.gov.ie
You must pay at least €6,000 prior to applying for your visa and evidence of this should be shown in your Letter of Acceptance. This minimum amount is an Immigration requirement.
There is a scheduled payment by instalment plan available. Please see the Fees Document for more information
Financial Support outside the college
All of our undergraduate courses (Level 7 Bachelor of Arts in Montessori Education and Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Montessori Education) and our postgraduate course (Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Montessori Education) are approved for the Higher Education Grant Scheme through SUSI
Most courses of two or more years’ duration have been approved for tax relief which all students can avail of. Applicants should note that the qualifying conditions for relief may differ for full and part-time students. Further information on claiming tax relief can be found on the Irish Revenue Service website here
Students may also avail of some government maintenance assistance such as the Back to Education Allowance etc, details of which can be found on the Citizens Information Website here