We are aware that the Department of Social Protection is in some cases seeking self-declaration of status from individuals in receipt of some income supports, in particular the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

eCollege courses are considered to be part-time, due to the flexible nature of online learning, and participants can still be available for work.

eCollege learners should not self-declare as full-time students, as this may have a knock-on effect on their current payments.

If a learner has incorrectly self-declared, they should contact the Department of Social Protection Income Support Helpline on 1890 800 024 to resolve.