Attending a third level institution in Dublin will involve fees or a contribution of some kind. You’ll find links and advice on the types of fees and grant eligibility below.

Undergraduate Fees

For undergraduates attending state funded third level institutions, tuition fees are paid by the Higher Education Authority. However, there will be an annual student contribution charge also known as a registration fee, which covers student services and examinations within the college. This charge varies from institution, but the maximum charge is €3,000.

There are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled under three criteria of residence, nationality/immigration status and course requirements to qualify for free fees. A full list of requirements can be found here. Free fees do not apply to private colleges.

If you do not qualify for free fees you may be eligible for EU fee rates. You should contact the college you are interested in to find out more, as EU fee rates varies between institutions.

Postgraduate Fees

For the most part postgraduate courses are fee paying. However, you could be eligible for financial assistance under the Student Grant Scheme (info below).

Tax Relief on Fees

You may be eligible to claim tax relief on some fees. Information on eligibility and how to claim can be found on

Student Grants

The Student Grant Scheme is there to provide assistance to eligible students. Under the scheme a student can apply for a fee grant and maintenance grant. A fee grant covers all or part of your tuition fees, all or part of the student contribution or the cost of essential field trips. A maintenance grant go towards your living costs. Further information on grants can be found here.

You can apply online for a student grant via SUSI. You will require your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), an email address and phone number.

This website is a source of information on financial support for further and higher education providing information on course fees and details on eligibility requirements for free fees. In addition, you will find out all you need to know about other sources of assistance for students, such as the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Back to Education Allowance and the Student Assistance Fund.


Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. We began processing in 2012, replacing the sixty-six local awarding authorities who had previously processed student grant applications. SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the State. We offer support to all types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education.


Education in Ireland

Education in Ireland promotes Ireland as a great destination to get a high quality education and study in Ireland providing funding and supports for companies - from entrepreneurs with plans for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing export sales. We also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies.