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HEA Free Tuition Fee Initiative

In order to qualify for free tuition fees, students must meet both Nationality and Residency requirements. (Please note, that the Student Contribution Charge and Class Materials Fee, if applicable, are in addition to Tuition Fees.)

For more information on the eligibility criteria for the free fees scheme please visit http://hea.ie/funding-governance-performance/funding/student-finance/course-fees/

Students Who Do Not Qualify for Free Tuition Fees

  1. Persons who already hold an Undergraduate Honours Degree.
  2. Persons who already hold a Post-Graduate qualification.
  3. Persons who are undertaking a Repeat year of study.
  4. Persons who have attended more than the first year of an undergraduate Honours Degree (Level 8) and are now entering a Higher Certificate (Level 6) or Ordinary Degree (Level 7).
  5. Persons who already hold a Level 7 qualification, and who undertake a new Level 8 programme from year one cannot be considered as progressing for the purposes of Free Fees.  However, such persons may qualify for Free Tuition Fees for the final year of the new Level 8.
  6. Persons who have already attended an undergraduate Honours Degree (Level 8) and are now entering another undergraduate Honours Degree (Level 8), will not qualify for Free Tuition Fees for the equivalent period of time spent on the first programme of study.
  7. Persons who have already attended more than the first year of a Higher Certificate (Level 6) or Ordinary Degree (Level 7) are not eligible for Free Tuition Fees in respect of a further two-year Higher Certificate (Level 6) or Ordinary Degree (Level 7).
  8. EU Nationals who do not meet the residency criteria.
  9. Non-EU Nationals.
  10. Persons who have permission to remain in the State as parents of an Irish citizen or the children of such persons, not having EU Nationality.
  11. Persons who have permission to remain in the State as a spouse of an Irish National.
  12. Dependent children of persons who have permission to remain in the State as the spouse of an Irish National.
  13. Dependent children of Irish nationals whose principal residence for the purposes of taxation has been in an EU member state for a minimum of 3 out of 5 years prior to entry to third level AND has spent 3 out of the 5 years in full-time study at second level, or work in an EU member state prior to commencement of third level.
  14. Persons on a Student Visa will NOT be deemed eligible for either Free Fees or EU Fee Rates.

Please note:

Students who, having attended, but not completed a Level 8 programme, and are returning following a break of at least five years in order to pursue another Level 8 programme will qualify for Free Tuition Fees.

 
 
 
 

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