Each higher education institution sets its own fee rates. You should contact the ones you are interested in to find out more about their fees. You can find a list of higher education institutions on the website of the Department of Education and Science.

Free fees:

If you are a European Union national or have official refugee status and you have been normally resident in a EU member state for at least 3 of the 5 years before beginning third-level education, you will not be charged fees for approved full-time undergraduate courses in state-run universities and institutes of technology. You may however have to pay a small amount for registration, examinations etc. You may be eligible for a maintenance grant. Funding is not awarded where students already hold an undergraduate degree.

EU fees:

If you are an EU citizen or have official refugee status and you have received all your post-primary in the EU but have not been resident in an EU state for 3 of the 5 years before beginning third-level education you may qualify for EU fees. Alternatively, if you are not an EU citizen but you have been residing in an EU country for 3 of the last 5 years before entering third-level education you may be eligible for EU fees.

Non-EU fees:

If you are applying for a place at third level as an overseas student, you will be charged full tuition fees and you will not be eligible for a maintenance grant.

If you choose to enrol in a private college, you will have to pay annual fees. These vary from college to college.

Tax relief:

You may be able to claim tax relief on third-level tuition fees.