Student Finance Loans

Setanta College programmes are fully internationally accredited and, as such, students in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are eligible for student loans via their local Credit Union.

The largest credit union representative body on the island (351 Credit Unions), the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) outlines the cost and application process at this link.

Student Loan Cost

The maximum interest rate which a credit union can charge is 12% (12.68% APR)*. In practice, most credit unions have student loan interest rates which are significantly lower than that. Click here to view information on average credit union loan rates. Also, many credit unions offer a loan interest rebate at the end of the year, making credit union loans an attractive option for financing your higher education studies. Please check with your local credit union for further details.

* For a €/£3,000 one year variable rate loan with an interest rate of 12%, an annual percentage rate of 12.68%, the monthly repayment will be €/£266.55 and the total amount repayable will be €/£3,198.56.

How to Apply

If you are already a member of a credit union, simply contact your credit union today. Or, to submit a student loan enquiry to your local or workplace credit union, please click on this link.

Bulk Payment Discount

Students have the option to pay for part or all of their programme in full at any stage of their studies. For students who choose to pay for the entirety of their programme upfront, there are considerable savings offered.

Typically, the partial payment options include paying for 1 module upfront or 3 modules upfront. Doing so results in significant tuition fee discounts.

Click here for more information about payment options.

Setanta College Scholarships and Bursaries

Setanta College partners with a number of sports organisations to improve the quality of education available to coaches and athletes. Setanta operates a number of bespoke options for our partners including offering various scholarships and busaries.

For more information, please contact your relevant Player Development Manager or email to speak with a member of our team.

Rugby Players Ireland (RPI)

Setanta College and Rugby Players Ireland operate a number of bespoke options for RPI members, i.e. current or past elite level rugby players.

For more information, please contact your relevant Player Development Manager.

Gaelic Players Association (GPA)

The GPA and Setanta College have delivered an education initiative for past and present inter-county players for a number of years.

For information on this programme and support available, please contact Player Development Officer Ian Reeves.

Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA)

Setanta College are proud to support elite female inter-county players as part of our education programme with the WGPA.

To find out more about availing of supports available, please contact

Irish Wheelchair Association Sport (IWA-Sport)

Setanta College and IWA-Sport have engaged in education support programmes for IWA members for over a decade.

To enquire about supports available, please contact IWA Director of Sport Nicky Hamill.

Sport Ireland Institute

Setanta College offer support to athletes within the Sport Ireland Institute network.

For more information on supports available, please contact

NSCA Foundation Scholarships

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the World’s largest professional society for the field of S&C. Based in the US, many of their scholarships are for North American students but some are open to international colleges approved by their Education Recognition Program (ERP). Setanta College has been an ERP college for over a decade and students of the undergraduate and graduate programmes may qualify to apply for funding under the NSCA Foundation.

More information is available at the NSCA Foundation Scholarships webpage:

Tax Relief

Students based in the Republic of Ireland can claim tax relief on tuition fees paid for Setanta College programmes.

Setanta College is listed on as an approved college delivering part-time undergraduate courses eligible for tax relief. The web listing can be seen here.

For more information on the tax relief, please see the Revenue webpage at this link.

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