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Information on E.U. Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Programmes

The Department of Education & Science together with the Higher Education Authority has indicated that students entering full-time programmes will be obliged to pay a Student Contribution Charge (SCC) of €3,000 in the academic year 2017/18.  In addition, there is currently a Class Materials Fee for Art & Design, Applied Science, *Culinary Arts and *Hospitality Studies programmes.  This Class Materials fee may also be extended to other programmes in the future.  All of these payments must be made at time of registration, and are subject to change without prior notice.

Students who qualify for a grant will be refunded their SCC once the Institute receives official notification from SUSI.  All refunds will be processed electronically through the student’s bank account.

Tuition Fees

In order to qualify for Free Fees (i.e. Tuition Fees) students must meet both Nationality and Residency Requirements.

Residency Criteria

Students applying for programmes at LIT must have been resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss State for at least 3 out of the 5 years preceding their entry to third level.  Students who are aged under 23 on 1st September on the year of entry, the principal residence is that of the parent.

The following are exempt from the Residency Clause:

  1. Children of Semi-State Agency Officials who are on assignment outside the EU;
  2. Children of Department of Foreign Affairs/Government Officials who are on assignment in countries outside of the EU;
  3. Students and Family members of volunteer development workers;
  4. Children of certain Irish officials working with the UN where such service was akin to that of a member of the Irish Diplomatic Service;
  5. Minor and dependent adult children who are in full-time post-primary education, the spouse/civil partner of Irish State Officials, and comparable EU/EEA/Swiss State officials, who reside with that State Official while posted outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland on diplomatic or consular missions shall be deemed to be resident in their home EU/EEA/Swiss State for the purposes of the residency clause of the Free Fees Initiative.

Non-EU nationals who have been granted official Refugee status, or have been granted Humanitarian Leave to remain in the state must also meet the residency requirement.  However, periods of residency as an applicant for asylum or as a declared refugee prior to the acquisition of citizenship and entry into third level will be taken into account.

Non-EU nationals with prior residence as a full-time student in an EU/EEA/Swiss State will NOT qualify for EU Fee Rates.

Nationality Criteria

  1. Students must be a National of an EU Member State/EEA Country/Swiss Confederation.
    OR
    1. Students who have been granted official Refugee Status in this State.
    2. Family members of a refugee who are granted permission by the Minister for Justice & Equality to enter and reside in Ireland under Section 18 of the Refugee Act, 1996.
    3. Persons who have permission to remain in the State as a family member of a Union citizen under the provisions of the European Communities Regulations 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004//38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.
    4. Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State or be a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice & Equality has granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

In relation to the Categories 2 (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) above, the following documentation is required to prove the Nationality eligibility:

  1. Irish Birth Certificate or EU Passport
  2. Original letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform declaring that the person is a Refugee under Section 17 of the Refugee Act, 1996.
  3. Original letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform confirming the family member status of the refugee under Section 18 of the Refugee Act, 1996.  A GNIB Residence Card must also be produced.
  4. Original family member’s letter from the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, a copy of passport and GNIB Residence Card bearing the title ‘4EUFAM’.  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’.
  5. Original letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating that the person has Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State, or Permission to Remain in the State following a determination not to make a deportation order.  A copy of their Passport and a GNIB Residence Card is also required.
  6. A Certificate of Naturalisation must be accompanied by another form of formal identification, preferably one with photo ID, e.g., passport, driving licence.

Any person who does not meet the above criteria will be deemed an overseas applicant and will be liable to pay the Non-European Union Fees of approximately €10,000 per annum.

IMPORTANT: 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.

Please note that 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.

Persons on a Student Visa will NOTbe deemed eligible for either Free Fees or EU Fee Rates.
Please note that the Student Contribution Charge and Class Materials Fee (if applicable) are in addition to Tuition Fees.

*Instructions on the payment of Class Materials Fees for programmes marked with an * will be issued separately from the School of Business & Humanities.

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