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Q. How do I apply?

You can Apply Online to Kerry College of Further Education for 2018/2019. Online applications for the next academic year will open in February 2018.

Please note: Photo and email are mandatory and course fees are currently being reviewed. A valid email address and mobile number must be used as correspondence will be made via email.

Q. Can I apply for more than one course?

You can apply for up to three courses on your application. Please make sure you list your courses in order of preference from first to third.

Q. Can I apply for a course if I am a non-EEA citizen?

Yes, KCFE welcomes applications from international learners. We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa.  Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number).  Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653 (applicants who are married to an EU citizen or have a child born in Ireland or have refugee status, or have been granted leave to remain on humanitarian grounds are exempt from paying this fee).

Q. I applied for a course but I’ve changed my mind and would like to switch courses.

Please send an email to with your name, Student ID, the course you are currently registered for and which course you would like to switch to. Kerry College of Further Education will endeavour to accommodate students with course changes if places are available, however please note that we cannot accommodate changes after August 31st.

Q. Login for Registered Students?

Registered Students September 2017-May 2018 Login

Q. What Are the Course Fees?

Application Fee: €10 (non-refundable)

Registration Fee: €150 (non-refundable)

Government Levy: €200

Student Services: €50

Other course specific costs will apply - please contact the office on 066-7127141/ for further details.

PLEASE NOTE: Exemptions of certain fees with a valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for SUSI Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance.

Q. What is the PLC Student Contribution/Government Levy?

Budget 2011 provided for a reduction in non-pay capitation rates (including the enhanced PLC capitation grant) as well as the introduction of a €200 annual PLC programme participant contribution. This circular sets out the new enhanced capitation rates and the operating arrangements for the PLC programme participant contribution.

The rate changes apply from 1 January 2011 and PLC programme participant contribution arrangements will apply with effect from the 2011/2012 academic year.

Q. How do I pay my fees?

Payments must be made online by logging into with your username and password. All fees must be paid before December 31st. Arrangements to pay in instalments can be made by calling to the Administration Office in September.

If paying by cheque, please make it payable to Kerry Education and Training Board.

Q. I have a medical card. What do I pay?

Your medical card covers QQI certification fees and the PLC government contribution only. Registration fee, student services and other course specific fees are payable by all students.

Q. Are the fees refundable if I do not commence a course?

Please refer to our fees and refund policy (available here). The application fee and the registration fee are non-refundable.

Q. What is the entry/age requirement?

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you will be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Q. Are there interviews for courses at Kerry College of Further Education?

Students who meet the entry requirements for level 5 and level 6 courses will not need to attend an interview. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis upon payment of the registration fee.

Students who do not meet entry requirements for courses will be called for an information interview. 

Applicants for level 6 courses will be required to attend a short information interview if applying based on relevant industry experience.

Q. What is the start date for courses in 2018?

Courses for the academic year 2018/19 will commence on September 3rd 2018 and finish on May 30th 2019.

Q. I require a letter of confirming my registration/attendance at KCFE.

Letters of registration/attendance can be requested from the Administration Office during the month of September. Letters can be collected at the end of the day. 

Q. I need to get a form stamped for social welfare/medical card etc.

Forms requiring official KCFE stamp should be handed into the Administration Office. Forms can be collected at the end of the day.

Q. Access to Further/Higher Education.

Q. How will I know if my application has been received?

You will receive an automated response via email confirming receipt of your application. If you have not received an email after 24 hours, please contact the office on 066-7121741/

Q. I want to change my details. What do I do?

Prior to commencing your course, please contact the Administration Office at with any changes to your application form details.

Once the course commences, please inform your programme coordinator of any changes to contact details including email address, mobile number and address.

Q. When do I get my timetable?

Classes are scheduled from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 9am-1pm on Friday. Timetables are available from September (which are subject to minor change).

Q. Am I eligible for the grant?

Please see the following link:

Q. How do I apply for the grant?

Contact Student Universal Support Ireland SUSI - The priority closing date for new applications for 2018/19 is July 12th, 2018.

Q. What is covered by the SUSI grant?

The SUSI grant covers the €200 PLC Government Levy.

Q. I’m not eligible for the SUSI grant, is there any other grants I can apply for?

If you are currently in receipt of a social welfare payment, you may be eligible for Back To Education Allowance. Please contact your local Department of Social Protection office or visit their FAQ page.

Q. I have completed a QQI/FETAC course previously and am exempt from some modules. What do I do?

You need to contact your class tutor upon commencement of your course. Please bring in proof of completion of the modules. Please note that you can only apply for exemptions from modules completed in the previous 5 years.

Q. When are the holidays?

Holidays are outlined on the Department of Education and Skills website.  A calendar will be issued in September (subject to change).

Q. If I'm out sick what do I do?

Your programme coordinator should be informed. Doctors' certificates must be forwarded to your coordinator.

Q. When are my assignments due?

Assessment schedules will be available for all students in September. Your tutor will notify you of your assignments. Assignments for tutors must be given to your tutor directly and cannot be handed into the office or to other members of staff.

Q. How do I arrange to see the guidance counsellor?

Appointments can be arranged by emailing

Q. I want to withdraw. What do I do?

You need to contact your coordinator or career guidance if you wish to withdraw. An early leaver’s form will need to be completed and handed into your co-ordinator.

Q. What are the office hours for students enrolled at KCFE?

The Administration Office is open from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.



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