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Tuition fees may be paid in respect of full-time undergraduate students undertaking approved courses in eligible institutions. Details of the eligibility criteria are listed below.

The HEA does not assess students’ eligibility to avail of these schemes. The higher education institution you are attending will assess your eligibility based on the criteria below.

Please note, students who are eligible for the Free Fees Initiative are required to pay a student contribution charge of €3,000 per year (2022/23 academic year). Students may apply to SUSI for a grant towards their student contribution or tuition fees. Further information on fee grants can be found here.

Criteria for determining eligibility

Click here to read the criteria for students enrolling on level 6 and 7 courses

The criteria for level 8 courses are as follows.

Tuition fees may be paid in respect of the full-time students who have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss State/United Kingdom for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to their third-level course and who meet the criteria of the scheme. Eligibility under the scheme is determined at date of entry to the course. Details of the nationality criteria to be applied are listed under the ‘Nationality’ section below.

The scheme is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Tuition fees will be paid in respect only of students attending full-time undergraduate courses.
  2. The courses must, other than exceptionally, be of a minimum of two years duration.
  3. The courses must be followed in one of the eligible institutions.
  4. Tuition fees will not be paid in respect of:
    • students pursuing a second undergraduate course.
    • students who already hold a postgraduate qualification.

    Notwithstanding this condition and subject to compliance with the other conditions of the Free Fees Initiative, students who already hold a Level 6 qualification (Higher Certificate or National Certificate) or a Level 7 qualification (Ordinary Bachelor Degree or National Diploma) and are progressing to a Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree) course without necessarily having received an exemption from the normal duration of the course, may be deemed eligible for free fees.

  5. Tuition fees will also not be paid in respect of students undertaking a repeat year of study at the same year level. In this regard, this condition may be waived where evidence of exceptional circumstances, such as cases of certified serious illness, is provided.
  6. Subject to compliance with the other conditions of the Free Fees Initiative, students who have previously pursued but have not completed a course of third level study and subsequently resume third level studies:
    • may be deemed eligible for free fees where the third level course concerned did not attract any exchequer funding (e.g. fees, maintenance, tax relief, subsidy towards course cost)
    • are not eligible for free fees for the equivalent period of time spent on the first course of study where the third level course concerned did attract exchequer funding (as above). Part-time and evening students are included in this category.
  7. Tuition fees will be paid in respect of eligible students who, having attended but not completed approved courses, are returning following a break of at least five years in order to pursue approved courses at the same level.
  8. The tuition fees payable do not include the payment to be made by students towards the cost of registration, examination and student services.

Eligible institutions

Institutions to which the Free Fees Initiative applies:

  • Universities

    • Atlantic Technological University
    • Dublin City University
    • National University of Ireland, Galway
    • Maynooth University
    • Munster Technological University
    • South East Technological University
    • Trinity College Dublin
    • Technological University Dublin
    • Technological University of the Shannon
    • University College Cork
    • University College Dublin
    • University of Limerick
  • Institutes of Technology

    • Dundalk Institute of Technology
    • Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Other colleges

    • Coláiste Mhuire, Marino
    • Mary Immaculate College
    • St Angela’s College, Sligo
    • National College of Art and Design
    • National College of Ireland
    • Pontifical University of Maynooth
    • St Patrick’s College, Carlow
    • RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Nationality

In order to meet the nationality criteria of the Free Fees Initiative, students must meet one of the following:

  • Students must be a national of
    • an EU Member State,
    • a state which is a contracting state to the EEA Agreement,
    • the Swiss Confederation,
    • United Kingdom, or
  • Persons who haveofficial refugeestatusin this State. Time spent from date of official lodgement of application papers for refugee status will be included for the purpose of meeting the three year residency requirement. (see Eligibility of Refugees);
  • Family members of a refugeewho are granted permission by the Minister for Justice and Equality to enter and reside in the State under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996
  • Persons who havepermission to remainin the State as a family member of a Union citizen under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Persons who have been grantedHumanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999)
  • be a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has grantedpermission to remainfollowing a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999
  • be a person granted permission to reside in the State under Regulation 4(4) or 16(3)(a) or 16(4)(a) of S.I. No. 518 of 2006 (see Subsidiary Protection with Permission to Reside in the State, below)
  • be a person grantedcertain permissions under the International Protection Act, 2015(see below)
  • Refugees

    Since the coming into force in November 2000 of section 3 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended), refugees [sometimes referred to as Convention refugees, to distinguish them from Programme refugees – see 3(b) below] must, for the purpose of the Free Fees Initiative, be treated on the same basis as Irish citizens.

    This means that a refugee is entitled to be allowed meet the terms of the residency clause in the same manner as an Irish citizen i.e. s/he must have been ordinarily resident in an EU Member State for at least three of the five years preceding his/her entry to the third-level course.

    The following points should be noted: –

    1. the institution must satisfy itself that the applicant is a refugee for purpose of section 3 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended). The applicant should have received a statement in writing (in the Act referred to as a “declaration”) by the Minister for Justice and Equality, declaring that s/he is a refugee under Section 17 of the Act. Documentation such as e.g. possession of a ‘green book’ or other temporary residence certificate, does not establish the status of a person as a declared refugee and should not be accepted as evidence of a person’s status as a refugee.
    2. Programme refugees:These are persons who are invited to Ireland by the Government usually in response to a humanitarian crisis and at the request of the UNHCR. In general, they have the same rights as Convention refugees and aretherefore entitled to benefit under the Free Fees Initiative on the same basis as an Irish citizen.The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration, under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality, will provide, on request, a Programme refugee with a letter confirming his/her status.
    3. With regard to the residency requirement in the Free Fees Initiative, this has two aspects, namely: –
    1. a residency requirement and
    2. a nationality/citizenship requirement.

    The two requirements are separate criteria and the time it takes to acquire citizenship/refugee status may be included as part of the residency time period. For example, periods of residency as an applicant for asylum or as a declared refugee prior to the acquisition of citizenship and entry into third level may be taken into account.

    Extract from Section 17(1) of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) reads as follows: –

    “…the Minister-

    (a) shall…give to the applicant a statement in writing (in this Act referred to as “a declaration”) declaring that the applicant is a refugee…”

    Extract from Section 3 (2)(a) of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended), reads as follows: –

    3 (2)(a)…”a refugee in relation to whom a declaration is in force-

    (i)shall be entitled to seek and enter employment, to carry on any business, trade or profession and to have access to education and training in the State in like manner and to the like extent in all respects as an Irish citizen”

    Extract from Section 24 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) reads as follows: –

    24.(i) “…a ‘programme refugee’ means a person to whom leave to enter and remain in the State for temporary protection or resettlement as part of a group of persons has been given by the Government… whether or not such person is a refugee within the meaning of the definition of “refugee” in section 2”

    24.(ii)“a programme refugee shall, during such period as he or she is entitled to remain in the State…be entitled to the rights and privileges specified in section 3 [of the Act, see above]

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  • Family member of an official refugee

    The position is that where the Minister for Justice and Equalityconfirms that a person is a family member, or dependent family member, of a refugee and is allowed to remain in the State under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996, such family members may be entitled to free fees once they meet the other criteria of the Free Fees Initiative – as long as the principal refugee is allowed to remain in the State.

    Such family members, who have been given permission to enter the State, must present themselves to a Garda Registration Office within 90 days of arriving in the State at which time they will be issued with a GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) registration card.

    Each institution should have sight of the following original documentation in order to determine eligibility for free fees for such family members of refugees: original letter from Minister for Justice and Equalitywhich confirms family member status under Section 18 of Refugee Act 1996, and GNIB registration card,

    Residency, for the purposes of the Free Fees Initiative, commences from the date on the GNIB registration card (date of issue).

  • Persons who have permission to remain in the state

    Persons who have permission to remain in the State as a family member of a Union citizen under the provisions of the EC (Free Movement of Persons) regulations 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    SI 226/2006, as amended by SI 656/2006 and SI 310/2008, gives effect to Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States.

    The Regulations apply to:

    1. Union citizens,
    2. qualifying family members of Union citizens, who are not themselves Union citizens, and
      1. who seek to enter the State in the company of those Union citizens in respect of whom they are family members or
      2. who seek to join those Union citizens, in respect of whom they are family members, who are lawfully in the State, and
    3. permitted family members of Union citizens-
      1. who seek to enter the State in the company of those Union citizens in respect of whom they are family members, or
      2. who seek to join those Union citizens, in respect of whom they are family members, who are lawfully present in the State

    Therefore both ‘qualifying’ and ‘permitted’ family members of EU migrants who have been granted permission by the Department of Justice and Equalityto reside in the State are entitled to be considered under the Free Fees Initiative once they meet all other criteria of the scheme (apart from Nationality), at date of entry of their course of study as is the case with all other students, which means that such students must meet the residency requirement of the scheme prior to admission to their course of study.

    Where such family members are given permission to reside in the State by the Department of Justice and Equality, they would be notified to report to their local immigration officer to have their passport endorsed and will be issued with a residence card bearing the title4EUFam(i.e. wording denotes the person is a family member of an EU citizen).

    Therefore institutions should seek sight of the family members’ letter from Department of Justice and Equalityconfirming immigration status, passport and of their Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Certificate of Residence card, bearing the title4EUFam.

    It should be noted that a ‘stamp 4’ is not sufficient for a student to qualify for free tuition fees. The card must bear the title 4EUFam.

  • Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain

    Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to remain under any enactment for the time being in force

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    A person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equality has granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State under any enactment for the time being in force may be considered for free fees once they meet all other criteria of the scheme.

    Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or persons granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999

    Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999); or persons in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Equalityhas granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999

    Where a person was granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State prior to the Immigration Act 1999 such persons may be considered for free tuition fees once they meet all other criteria of the scheme.

    Upon enactment of the Immigration Act 1999 persons were no longer granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State but may instead be granted permission to remain following a determining by the Minister for Justice and Equalitynot to make a deportation order under section 3 of said Act. Persons with such permission to reside in the State may be considered for free tuition fees once they meet all other criteria of the scheme.

    Institutions must have sight of

    • original letter from the Department of Justice and Equalitywhich should either state that (a) that the person has Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (if granted prior to Immigration Act 1999 or (b) that they have been granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999
    • passport
    • Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Certificate of Residence card
  • Persons Granted Subsidiary Protection with Permission to Reside in the State

    The European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006) provides for the Minister for Justice and Equality to grant subsidiary protection to certain persons. Such persons are then granted permission to reside in the State – Regulation 4(4). A person in respect of whom a determination under Regulation 4(4) has been made may apply to the Minister for permission to be granted to a member of his or her family to enter and to reside in the State and if the Minister is satisfied that the person who is the subject of the application is a member of the family, or a dependent family member, of the applicant, the Minister may grant permission in writing to the person to enter and reside in the State also – Regulation 16(3)(a) and 16(4)(a). Persons who have been granted a declaration to reside in the State to whom Regulation 4(4) or 16(3)(a) or 16(4)(a) applies are entitled to have access to education and training in the State in the like manner and to the like extent in all respects as an Irish citizen. Therefore any person who has permission to reside in the State by virtue of these regulations should be deemed as having met the nationality clause for free fees purposes. As is the case with Irish/EU/EEA/Swiss nationals/Official Refugees such persons with permission to reside in the state must meet the other criteria of the free fees schemes. Each institution should have sight of the original written documentation from the Minister for Justice and Equalitygranting the person permission to reside in the State under Regulation 4(4) or 16(3)(a) or 16(4)(a) of S.I. No. 518 of 2006. In relation to the residency requirement of the schemes it should be noted that it is the date of the declaration issuing in respect of subsidiary protection that is the operable date for residency purposes.

  • International Protection Act, 2015

    The following categories of applicants meet the nationality criteria for the Free Fees Initiative:

    • Persons granted refugee status under section 47(1);
    • Programme Refugees as defined in section 59;
    • Persons granted subsidiary protection status under section 47(4);
    • Persons granted permission to remain under section 49.

    Persons with such permission to reside in the State may be considered for free tuition fees once they meet all other criteria as set out in the Free Fees Initiative.

Change of nationality

Entitlement to free fees for non-EEA nationals who acquire EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and issues surrounding fee status of non-EEA nationals.

A ‘Change of Nationality’ clause forms part of the Free Fees Initiative. As is currently the case students, who do not meet the nationality criteria of the schemes, will continue to be ineligible for free fees, however if such students subsequently acquire EEA citizenship during their third level studies they may be entitled to free fees for the remainder of their course of study as follows:

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 31st January in an academic year may be entitled to free tuition fees from the second half of the academic year.
  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship from 1st February may be entitled to free tuition fees from the commencement of the next academic year.

In order to be eligible under this ‘Change of Nationality’ clause students must have met all other criterion of the Free Fees Initiative, apart from nationality, at date of entry to their course of study.

The policy in relation to non-EEA nationals who are not naturalised is

  • that such nationals who have approved residence in the State are not eligible for free fees or grants, however once naturalised such persons are regarded as fully meeting the nationality requirements of the schemes.
  • that non-EEA nationals without permission to remain in the State (including those still in the asylum process) or those with permission to remain on a short-term or temporary basis (such as work permits or study visas) are not eligible for free fees or grants.

Article 9 of Decision 1/80 of the Association Council made pursuant to the Ankara Agreement 1963

A child of a Turkish national in respect of whom the Minister for Justice has granted a permission to reside and who, in accordance with Article 9 of Decision 1/80 of the Association Council made pursuant to the Ankara Agreement 1963, is residing with their parents, who are or have been legally employed within the State and can satisfy the conditions relating to employment laid down in Articles 6 and 7 of Decision 1/80.

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Member countries*

CountryEU MemberEEA Member
AustriaYesYes
BelgiumYesYes
BulgariaYesYes
CroatiaYesYes
CyprusYesYes
Czech RepublicYesYes
DenmarkYesYes
EstoniaYesYes
FinlandYesYes
FranceYesYes
GermanyYesYes
GreeceYesYes
HungaryYesYes
IcelandNoYes
IrelandYesYes
ItalyYesYes
LatviaYesYes
LiechtensteinNoYes
LithuaniaYesYes
LuxembourgYesYes
MaltaYesYes
NetherlandsYesYes
NorwayNoYes
PolandYesYes
PortugalYesYes
RomaniaYesYes
SlovakiaYesYes
SloveniaYesYes
SpainYesYes
SwedenYesYes

*Includes the United Kingdom

FAQs

What does the Free fees Initiative cover? ›

Fee status and the Free Fees Initiative

Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes. Such programmes must be of a minimum duration of 2 years.

Who qualifies for free college in Ireland? ›

Eligibility for free fees

Tuition Fees will be paid in respect of EU nationals who have been resident in an EU Member State for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to full-time undergraduate third-level courses at National College of Ireland.

How do you qualify for EU fees? ›

A candidate may qualify for EU Fee Status rate of fees if they meet the criteria below:
  1. they have been in full-time employment in an EU/EEA member state for three of the last five years.
  2. they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the.

Do Irish students pay tuition fees? ›

In Ireland, undergraduate (Bachelor's) degrees are free for citizens from Ireland, EU/EEA countries, and Switzerland. The costs are covered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Keep in mind that not all undergraduate courses offered by public universities are free.

Do I need to apply for free fees? ›

Most undergraduate students attending publicly funded third-level courses do not have to pay tuition fees. Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Department of Education and Skills pays the fees to the colleges instead. There is no separate application for the Free Fees Initiative.

Will Cao points drop 2022? ›

Education minister Norma Foley has announced there will be no 'cliff edge' drop from the high grade profiles of 2020-2022, but even a gentle slide in 2023 would mean results overall will be lower than this year.

Can I study in Ireland without ielts? ›

You no longer have to worry because you can now study in Ireland without IELTS. When planning to study at a foreign school, you may need to accept the introduction and admission of exams such as IELTS and TOEFL, but you may use any other exam that measures a student's ability to read, write, and speak English.

Can I study in Ireland for free? ›

Ireland operates a Free Fees Initiative for full-time undergraduate study. If you are an EU student studying at a public university, you will not pay tuition fees. If you are an EU student not studying at a public university or studying a postgraduate programme, you will have to pay fees.

How much is the SUSI Grant 2022? ›

Once-off measures to support students in 2022:

Students on the 50% student contribution rate will get a reduction of €500 in their contribution rate. Postgraduate students who qualify for the postgraduate SUSI fee contribution grant will get a once-off increase of €1,000 (from €3,500 to €4,500)

What qualifies you as an EU student? ›

you're an EU national or family member of an EU national, or a family member of a Person of Northern Ireland. you have settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme. you've lived in the UK, Gibraltar, the EEA or Switzerland for the 3 years prior to first day of first academic year of your course.

Do EU citizens get free tuition? ›

Many European countries currently provide free college to all students regardless of family status, but that is not entirely free, as the taxpayer foots the bill.

How do I know if I am an EU student? ›

A European Union Student is a citizen of one of the 27 EU member states. Some of these countries include Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Belgium, France, Poland and others. Notably, some of the EU countries may consider one an EU student if the individual is a refugee in any of the EU countries.

Is Ireland cheap to study? ›

In Ireland too, candidates can expect a monthly expenditure of 1,200 – 1,500 euros per month including accommodation. However, this would be higher or lower depending on the lifestyle of the student.

How much student can earn in Ireland? ›

How much can you earn in Ireland as a student? You may be able to earn from GBP 10 to GBP 12 per hour when you work part-time in Ireland.

How long do you have to live in Ireland to get free university? ›

Eligibility for the Irish Free Fees Initiative

In order to qualify for the Irish Free Fees Initiative you must have been living in the EU for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course. You must also fulfill one of the following criteria: You must: Be a citizen of the EU or.

How much is the back to education allowance? ›

Budget 2023. From January 2023, the qualifying social protection payment for BTEA will increase by €12 with proportional increases for qualified adults and people on reduced rates of payment. The weekly rate for a qualified child will increase by €2 from €40 to €42 for children under 12 years of age.

What is student contribution amount? ›

Each unit of study is classified into a student contribution band, depending on the study area of the unit (this may be different from the study area of your course). The amount you pay for your unit of study is usually the maximum allowed by the Government for that band.

How much does a bachelor's degree cost? ›

The average annual tuition and fees for a four-year bachelor's degree in the United States is $8,893 for in-state attendees of public colleges, $22,203 for out-of-state attendees of public colleges, and $30,094 for private nonprofit colleges.

Can you apply to CAO twice? ›

No, when you apply again you will receive a NEW CAO application number. You must complete the qualification and assessment page before you enter your Course choices. Course choices can only be added or changed at certain dates.

How many points do you get for teaching? ›

In order for you to get accepted at a University in South Africa, or (Colleges that use APS scores) for a qualification in Teaching, you should possess a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) with an APS score of between 23- 26.

How many points do you need to be a primary school teacher in Ireland 2022? ›

Late online application - restrictions apply (see page 3 2022 CAO Hand...
...
Marino Institute of Education.
YearPoints
2022496* (Not all on this points score were offered places)
2021508
2020484* (Not all on this points score were offered places)

Which country has no IELTS? ›

There are also few universities in countries like Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, EU countries (except UK), Norway, Germany, Holland, USA, Malaysia, India where they do not lay down IELTS and TOEFL as a criteria for admission abroad.

Is 5.5 bands eligible for Ireland? ›

Undergraduate students require an IELTS score of overall 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 to study in Ireland.

Which university does not require IELTS? ›

California State University

CSU is a public university in California. TOEFL/IELTS score is not required to be produced by international students for getting admission to the University if they have attended secondary school or/and graduate school with English as their medium of instruction.

What courses are free in Ireland? ›

Apart from evening courses, all FET training courses are free and you may be paid a FET training allowance for the duration of your course.

Which courses are in demand in Ireland? ›

Courses in Demand in Ireland
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) ...
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Data Analytics. ...
  • Interior Design. ...
  • Computing (Applied) for Technologists. ...
  • MSc in Computing. ...
  • MSc in Big Data Management and Analytics. ...
  • MSc in Management (Business) ...
  • MSc in Computing (with Major Options)

Can I get full scholarship in Ireland? ›

Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these financial aids can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the Irish government, and various private and public establishments as well.

Can I work while on SUSI? ›

Can I work while getting the SUSI grant? It is possible to work while receiving the SUSI grant provided you don't earn above a certain amount.

Does SUSI cover tuition fees? ›

SUSI do not cover College Levies and you must pay these during your online Financial Registration process. I am appealing my grant status with SUSI, do I still have to pay while under appeal? If you are in an appeal process with SUSI, you are advised to make payments towards your Student Contribution Fee.

Does SUSI look for bank statements? ›

If you were supported with funds earned in a previous year please provide evidence of this in the form of bank statements. SUSI may receive data from the Revenue Commissioners to assist in the evaluation and processing of your grant application.

What does SUSI cover? ›

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is Ireland's national awarding authority for all further and higher education grants. SUSI offers funding to eligible students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education, in approved full time third level courses.

How long do you have to live in Ireland to get free university? ›

Eligibility for the Irish Free Fees Initiative

In order to qualify for the Irish Free Fees Initiative you must have been living in the EU for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course. You must also fulfill one of the following criteria: You must: Be a citizen of the EU or.

Do you have to pay back the Susi grant? ›

Repayments Policy

Where any grant overpayment occurs, SUSI must seek repayment from the student. An overpayment may relate to either a maintenance grant paid directly to the student or to a student contribution or other fee grant paid to an institution on a student's behalf.

Can you study for free in Ireland? ›

Most undergraduate students attending publicly funded third-level courses do not have to pay tuition fees. Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Department of Further and Higher Education pays the fees to the colleges instead.

How much is full SUSI grant? ›

The rates for the Student Grant Scheme for the academic year 2022-2023 are:
TypeNon-adjacent rateAdjacent rate
Special rate€6,115€2,575
Full maintenance€3,225€1,415
Part maintenance (75%)€2,470€1,110
Part maintenance (50%)€1,715€805
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How much is the SUSI grant 2022? ›

The maintenance grant rate increase of €200 will automatically be applied to all relevant grant awards in the 2022/23 academic year. The income thresholds for all grant rates except the Special Rate will increase by €1,000 in the 2022/23 academic year.

Does SUSI cover all college fees? ›

SUSI do not cover College Levies and you must pay these during your online Financial Registration process. I am appealing my grant status with SUSI, do I still have to pay while under appeal? If you are in an appeal process with SUSI, you are advised to make payments towards your Student Contribution Fee.

Can I study in Ireland without ielts? ›

You no longer have to worry because you can now study in Ireland without IELTS. When planning to study at a foreign school, you may need to accept the introduction and admission of exams such as IELTS and TOEFL, but you may use any other exam that measures a student's ability to read, write, and speak English.

Is it difficult to get Irish citizenship? ›

Ireland is also one of the easiest countries to get dual citizenship. Irish Dual citizenship allows you to maintain citizenship in your country of origin and also have access to an Irish passport.

How can I get PR in Ireland after study? ›

You are eligible to apply for Ireland permanent residency if you fulfill the following conditions:
  1. You have lived in Ireland legally for at least five years (60 months). ...
  2. You have lived in Ireland with some type of work authorization, such as an Employment Permit, and have held a Stamp 1 or Stamp 4.

Can I work while on SUSI? ›

Can I work while getting the SUSI grant? It is possible to work while receiving the SUSI grant provided you don't earn above a certain amount.

Does SUSI look for bank statements? ›

If you were supported with funds earned in a previous year please provide evidence of this in the form of bank statements. SUSI may receive data from the Revenue Commissioners to assist in the evaluation and processing of your grant application.

Can full-time students claim benefits? ›

Most full-time students can't claim income-related benefits but you may be able to make a claim if you: are a lone parent. have a partner who is also a student - and one or both of you are responsible for a child.

What happens if you fail a repeat exam CIT? ›

What are my options? ' If you fail one or two of these repeats, the option of “Progress with Credits Outstanding” into the next stage of your programme may be open to you. Otherwise, you may repeat these modules in the next academic year before you can progress to the next stage of your programme.

What courses are free in Ireland? ›

Apart from evening courses, all FET training courses are free and you may be paid a FET training allowance for the duration of your course.

How much student can earn in Ireland? ›

How much can you earn in Ireland as a student? You may be able to earn from GBP 10 to GBP 12 per hour when you work part-time in Ireland.

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