How to apply

Eligibility criteria are:

  • The child is verified by a SEC recognised protestant church as being a member of that church
  • The school being attended is on the list of SEC recognised protestant managed schools (see links)
  • Boarding grants are only available when the distance from home to school is more than 20 kilometres
  • Applicants must be taxpayers in the Republic of Ireland and/or in receipt of payments from the Department of Social Protection in the year prior to applying

Application Process:

  • It is a three step process
  • Step 1: Applicants receive an email from the SEC with a link to the registration form, which must be downloaded onto your PC, completed and submitted by email. If you are a new applicant, you must request the link for the Registration form from the school that your child will attend.
  • Step 2: Registered applicants will be emailed an Application form to complete online and email to SEC
  • Step 3: Print and sign the Application form, have the religion verification signed and post into SEC, enclosing copies of tax/financial information as requested.
  • Cut off times after which the online service will be unavailable:
    • Step 1 Registration – closing date midnight 30th November 2020
    • Step 2 Application – closing date midnight 15th January 2021
    • Step 3 Printed Form with verification documents received by SEC – 15th February 2021
  • Once your application has been means tested, you will receive confirmation by email on successful completion of the three steps above
  • You will be informed of the result of your application by email

Support for completing application process:

  • For a more detailed explanation of the process, see: Overview of Grant Process
  • FAQs will be updated regularly on this website
  • If you are having issues completing any step of the process please consult a trusted friend or advisor for assistance
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Means Test 2021/22

All funds paid out in grants are provided by the Department of Education and Skills. The means test takes account of all financial information and is used to identify necessitous applicants below a certain threshold. The criteria for the test are reviewed annually by the board of directors of the SEC.

The Means test is assessed on total family income. Currently the test takes after tax income and deducts cost of family accommodation either rent or mortgage payments (Max €30,000 p.a.), allowance for dependent children, special circumstances (documented exceptional extra expenses) and the result is the Net Reckonable Income “NRI” for grant assessment.

Only capital allowances for trading losses are factored into the means test.

Below is a table showing the allowances given for dependent children.

Dependent Children Allowance  1 at 3rd level  2 at 3rd level  3 at 3rd level
1  €4,980
2  €9,960  €12,049
3  €14,940  €17,029  €19,118
4  €19,920  €22,009  €24,098  €26,187
5  €24,900  €26,989  €29,078  €31,167
6  €29,880  €31,969  €34,058  €36,147
7  €34,860  €36,949  €39,038  €41,127

Non family home/business property assets are also assessed with an allowance of €375,000 for Net Asset Value (value less related debt). An application with a Net Asset Value exceeding this allowance will fail the means test.

Liquid assets are treated differently to property as they are divisible and can be converted to cash with relative ease e.g. bank savings/current accounts, investment bonds, cash deposits, shares in publicly quoted companies. The surplus value over the current allowance of €80,000 is considered quasi additional income and is factored into the calculation of the NRI.

Net Reckonable Incomes are divided into bands and grant amounts are awarded based on these bands.

The highest Net Reckonable Income that qualifies for a grant currently is €60,000.

Grant amounts 2020/2021

The table below outlines the levels of grant payable in 2020/21. Grant amounts are reviewed annually.

Band Net Reckonable Income Day Boarder
Band 1 €0 – €20,000 €3,174 €8,466
Royal School Cavan €8,199
Royal & Prior N/A €6,400
Band 2 €20,000 – €25,000 €2,646 €6,870
Band 3 €25,000 – €30,000 €2,118 €5,292
Band 4 €30,000 – €35,000 €1,590 €3,705
Band 5 €35,000 – €40,000 €1,062 €2,118
Band 6 €40,000 – €45,000 €534 €1,062
Band 7 €45,000 – €50,000 €267 €534
Band 8 €50,000 -€60,000 €156 €258