Abbeyleix FEC


The Education Centre is located on the Mountrath Road. If coming from Dublin, take a right turn at the traffic lights in Abbeyleix and we are located about 200 yards away on the left hand side. If coming from Cork, take a left turn at the traffic lights in Abbeyleix.


  • There are no tuition fees payable to the Centre by EU Nationals attending a full-time course. However, students should budget for the cost of examinations, textbooks and materials. Non-EU Nationals who do not meet the exemption requirements are liable for the full tuition fee as per the instructions of the Department of Education and Skills.
  • Department of Education and Skills PLC Contribution Fee of €200 is payable on registration. This is a fee introduced by the government in the 2011 budget. Medical Card holders, those in receipt of a student  grant, Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or Vocational Training Scheme (VTOS) allowances are exempt from this fee.
  • Centre registration fee of €100 payable on registration.
  • Transport: PLC Students pay €60 per month to use the bus service. This fee is subject to change for 2017/2018.
  • There is a QQI Certification Fee of €50 (€80 for Level 6) payable on registration. Medical Card holders and/or social welfare recipients are exempt from this fee. This fee is subject to change for 2017/2018.

Further Education Grants

Students attending full-time approved PLC courses for the 2016/2017 academic year are eligible to apply for a maintenance grant. The maintenance grant is a means tested grant. The grant is payable monthly. An ONLINE ONLY student grant application system available for the 2017/2018 academic year. All NEW applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), a unit of City of Dublin ETB, through

Students who are currently in receipt of a student grant and who are progressing to the next year of the same course will continue to be assessed and paid by their existing awarding authorities – i.e. the relevant local authority or Vocational Educational Committee. If you are changing your course or progressing to a new course you will need to apply through the SUSI online system.

Full Time Class Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 3:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

QQI and Quality Assurance

Abbeyleix Further Education Centre is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards on the National Framework of Qualifications and has agreed its quality assurance procedures with QQI.