Fees for full-time students

Irish/EU Student fees are made up of two parts:

A.) Student Contribution Charge of €3,000

B.) Student Tuition Fees, which vary in price, based on your programme of study.

All students are required to pay a Student Contribution Charge of €3,000; this fee covers registration, examinations and student services. If you are entering full-time further education or undergraduate higher education in Ireland for the first time and you meet certain nationality and residency requirements, you should be eligible to have tuition fees paid on your behalf by the State under the Free Fees Scheme.

You can read more about how fee structure here: Citizens Information

Students should pay their fees based on the following schedule:    

InstalmentAmountDue Date
25% €750 On registration
25% €750 On or before 31stOctober
50% €1500 On or before 31stJanuary

Student are welcome to pay smaller amounts using the online payments system for example, you might choose to pay €100 euro a week into the online system after you pay the initial registration fee but you will need to make sure that you have the correct balance paid by the deadline dates outlined above.

Tuition Fees:

If you have previously attended third level in Ireland in the past, it is likely that you have already availed of your free tuition fees. If this is the case, you will be liable for tuition fees on top of the Student Contribution charge. Students in this position will be fee assessed and advised of the total fee due.

It is important to note that students registering after 31st January of year of admission are not eligible to claim Free Fees and will be liable to pay the full tuition fee plus the Student Contribution Charge fee.


Tom has decided to return to full time education as a mature student. Tom previously studied Construction Management immediately after secondary school for two years but decided to withdraw as he decided it was not really what he wanted to do and he went to work. Tom has now decided to undertake a full time degree in Architectural Technology and wants to find out what his fees will cost him annually.

As Tom has previously studied for two full years before withdrawing he has used two full years of the four-year quota the Government provides for Students.

Therefore, his fees will be calculated as follows:

YearStudent Contribution ChargeStudent Tuition FeesTotal Fees for Year
1 €3000 €1450 €4450
2 €3000 €1450 €4450
3 €3000 n/a €3000
4 €3000 n/a €3000
  • On payment of the first instalment, student status will change to registered and full access to services provided
  • Access to services will be revoked for students who default on 2nd or 3rd instalment payments.
  • International students paying full non EU fees, must pay at least €6,000 to register, this is to satisfy visa requirements.
  • Collaborative partnership/linked provision programmes with industry may have specific arrangements in the cases of third party payments.
  • Full time undergraduate Students applying for SUSI grant can register based on a SUSI application number.