The only centrally determined payment for the Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programme is the €200 PLC participant contribution. This amount is not payable by persons with a medical card, as well as a number of other categories, which means that approximately 60% of PLC participants do not pay the contribution. The estimated cost to reduce the PLC participant contribution by 50% is in the region of €1.2 million.
It should be noted that PLC colleges are also permitted to charge PLC participants for the following and these charges are set locally -
- Books, uniforms/clothing or other equipment which become the personal property of the participant
- Student Services
- Registration charges by professional bodies
- Examination fees.