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Back to School Loans



We know that getting ready for a new school year can be a huge  undertaking. Talk to your local credit union today about a back to school loan to help take some of the stress away from the back to school season.

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Over 60 years ago, credit unions across the island of Ireland were created with one purpose - to provide the essential funding that’s the lifeblood of any thriving community. And to do this not for profit. But for better reasons. 

Like helping to make September that bit less stressful for families all over Ireland – from first days right up to final exams. So if you need help with anything from school books to school trips, talk to us today about a flexible back-to-school loan. 

The Credit Union – For You. Not for Profit.                                                                                                                                       

Why choose a Credit Union?

Because we’re for you, not for profit.

We are owned by our members and we only exist to serve their needs and the needs of their communities.

And for over 60 years, we’ve been helping towns and villages across the island of Ireland to thrive and grow – both through the funds we’ve lent to local people and businesses and the charities and clubs we support every day.

So whether you’re a farmer or a student, a small business owner or a bride-to-be, explore our wide range of flexible loans– and find out how it feels to be a member of a financial institution that puts you at the heart of everything.

What is the Interest Rate for a Credit Union Back to School Loan?

The average rate charged by a credit union in the Republic of Ireland for a back to school / education loan is 7.63% APR. The maximum interest rate a credit union can charge is 12% (12.68% APR). Click here to view information on average credit union loan rates.
Many credit unions also offer discounted or promotional rates at certain times of the year - please check with your local credit union for further details.  And not only that, many credit unions offer a loan interest rebate at the end of the year, making credit union loans even more appealing. The best thing to do is to contact your local credit union who will come back to you with details on the interest rates they currently offer.
*For a €/£3,000, 3 year variable rate education loan with 36 monthly repayments of €/£93.50, an annual percentage rate of 7.63%, the total amount payable by the member is €/£3,365.91.

*For a €/£3,000, 3 year variable rate education loan with 36 monthly repayments of €/£100.62, an interest rate of 12.68% annual percentage rate, the total amount payable by the member is €/£3,622.32.

How do I apply for a Back to School Loan?

All credit unions are different but many will allow you to apply online or over the phone with many offering quick approval times - for more information and tips on how to get a back to school loan from the credit union, see our blog post here.

If you are already a member of a credit union, contact your credit union today, or to submit a personal loan enquiry to your local or workplace credit union, please click on the Loan Enquiry link below.

Loan Enquiry


​Not a Member? Not a Problem!

If you’re not already a credit union member, why not join your local or workplace credit union today? You'll find more details on what you need to join by clicking here.

Or if you can’t remember the last time you used your local credit union, that's also no problem. Credit unions just love to see old friends returning. Just contact your local credit union to find out how to reactivate your account. 

Need more information on Back to School Loans?



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Loans are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. If you do not meet the repayments on your loan, your account will go into arrears. This may affect your credit rating which may limit your ability to access credit in the future. Credit unions in the Republic of Ireland are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Credit unions in Northern Ireland are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority, and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.