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.
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.
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 revenue.ie.
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.