Fees & Payments
How do I pay?
There are several payment methods available, with online payments being the preferred option.
Online (credit/debit cards)
Payments can be made through the my.tcd.ie student portal. Payment is accepted immediately - this is the quickest and easiest way to pay. In addition, students are presented with the option of paying in their local currency.
Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
This involves the transfer of funds direct to the Trinity College bank account:
Account Name: TCD No 7 Account
Account Number: 92771039
Sort Code: 900017
IBAN: IE 03 BOFI 9000 1792 7710 39
Swift Code: BOFI IE 2D
All students must include their student number in the narrative of EFT payments. Failure to do so may delay the updating of the payment on your account.
Students should be aware that it will take 10 working days for these payments to be updated on to your account.
Pay to Study
Pay to Study allows you to make your international payments free of charge, while receiving competitive foreign exchange rates. Where Pay to Study has a local bank account, you will not be subjected to any international wire fees and will be able to pay in your local currency. Pay to Study receipts are also accepted by visa and immigration agencies. To access Pay to Study system see here, and you can find further instructions on how to pay here
Fees Paid by your Department
Students who are receiving funding from a department in Trinity College Dublin for their fees must submit this form to Academic Registry Service Desk, Watts Building for the attention of the Fees & Payments Team.
Fees Paid for by your Employer
Student’s fees are the liability of the student and therefore an invoice can be given to the student for the fee amount. Further external arrangements regarding fee payments are the responsibility of the student and not the University so no invoices can be generated in this regard.
Higher Education Grants are awarded at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition to free tuition at undergraduate level, the principal support available is a means-tested maintenance grant. Depending on the course you are pursuing, you may be eligible for a grant.
You can obtain full details of the grant schemes from the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Details are available on the SUSI website. Applications for a grant should be submitted in the same name in which the student is / will be registered.
If you have successfully applied for a grant you must submit to the Academic Registry Service Desk a copy of the official notification letter of the grant from a Grant Authority. This will allow the Academic Registry to include your grant on your record and will facilitate your online registration on my.tcd.ie
Students who are receiving grants through Local Grant Authorities may receive their grant via cheque or electronic fund transfer. Students are advised to consult their grant authority to verify the payment method.
Students receiving their grant via cheque normally have their grant cheques issued in three instalments at the beginning of each Term (ie, Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity) and these can be collected from the Academic Registry Service Desk during office hours. The Academic Registry will only issue grants cheques upon presentation of a valid TCD student ID card.
Grant cheques will be issued only to students who use the same name with both the University and Grant Authority (ie, the name in which the student is / will be registered should be the name in which application for a grant is made).
Registered students who are currently on an exchange or visiting programme may nominate a third party in to collect their grant cheque through contacting the Academic Registry and identifying the instalments to be collected. The nominated person will be required to show photographic ID when collecting the cheque(s).
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) Grants
Students can include their SUSI application number at the sponsorship screen during fee payment each academic year. New applicants who have not yet had their sponsorship confirmed may enter their SUSI application number to have their student contribution waived at that stage - should their grant application be declined the student will then be liable for the fees.
If the SUSI application number is not entered at the sponsorship screen during fee payment the student may bring confirmation of their application or grant approval, showing their SUSI application number to the Academic Registry Service Desk.
Student Loans - UK Residents including Northern Ireland
The Student Loans Company (SLC), administers government-funded loans and grants to students throughout the United Kingdom. It is responsible for UK student support in partnership with Local Authorities in England and Wales, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, the Education and Library boards in Northern Ireland, the Higher Education Institutions and HM Revenue & Customs.
All queries regarding student loans should be directed to the Student Loans Company Ltd.
Confirmation of Registration to the Student Loans Company
All students in receipt of a student loan must present their “University or College Payment Advice” (which includes their student support number) to the Academic Registry Service Desk following annual registration. This allows the University to verify to the Student Loans Company the student's registered status so that fund may be transferred by electronic fund transfer (EFT).Should a student change their bank details they must inform the SLC immediately.
Northern Ireland Students availing of a loan from NI Finance must follow the below two step financial process when registering at Trinity College Dublin.
Documents can be processed quickest by attaching it to a ticket in your MyTCD portal using the AskAR button. It can also be submitted in person or by email.
- All students availing of an NI Finance loan which covers some or all of their student contribution fee must supply the loan letter confirming this to Academic Registry. You must include your student number with this submission.
- Once your loan letter is processed the appropriate fees will be reduced on your portal. You will then have to continue the Financial Task to the end and confirm your information before you can continue.
- Students availing of an NI Finance maintenance payment must supply a copy of the barcode maintenance letter to the Academic Registry. You must include your student number with this submission.
This can be submitted at any time but cannot be processed until your registration is complete.
EU Free Fees Initiative
EU students eligible for inclusion in the Irish government’s Free Fees Initiative will be liable for the Student Contribution (€3,000 in 2016/17). In addition students are required to pay the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) membership levy (€8 in 2018/19) and the Student Sports Centre charge (€120 in 2018/19), but will not be liable for tuition fees if approved for the Free Fees scheme.
Students eligible for a local authority grant will be liable only for the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) membership levy (€8 in 2018/19) and the Student Sports Centre charge (€120 in 2018/19).
In order to qualify for free fees you must have been living in an EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course. The members of the EEA (the European Economic Area) are the member states of the EU, along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
To be eligible for the Free Fees initiative you must also fulfil one of the following 6 criteria:
- Be a citizen of an EEA member state (see above) or Switzerland or
- Have official refugee status or
- Be a family member of a refugee and have been granted permission to live in the State or
- Be a family member of an EU national and have permission to live in the State, with a stamp “4EUFAM” on your residence card or
- Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State or
- Have been granted permission to remain in the State by the Minister for Justice and Equality, following a determination by the Minister not to make a deportation order under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.
You must also fulfil all of the following 3 course requirements:
- You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 years' duration.
- You must be a first-time full-time undergraduate. (However, prior undergraduate qualifications may be taken into consideration where exemptions are provided to a student pursuing a higher undergraduate qualification, to a maximum of Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.)
- In general, you must not be repeating the year because of failing your exams or changing course. This exclusion may be waived if you repeat a year due to certified serious illness.
Note: 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 Schemes, apart from nationality, at date of entry to their course of study.
EU Fee Status
Students who are not EU nationals but have been resident in the EU or EEA countries (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, Switzerland) for three of the five years preceding admission may be eligible for EU fees.
For students aged under 23 you must have been resident in an EU Member State and must have received full-time post primary education in the EU for three of the five years prior to entry and parent(s) must have been ordinarily resident (that is – principal residence for the purpose of taxation) in an EU Member State for three of the five years prior to students entry.
For students aged 23 and over you must have been ordinarily resident as a tax-payer or in full-time education in an EU Member State for three of the five years prior to entry.
EU fees may apply for students born in the EU who do not meet the normal residency requirements but who received all their primary and secondary education in the EU.
Please complete the EU/Non EU Status Form.
All other applications are considered non-EU applications. Please be advised your fee status will remain the same for the duration of your time attending the college.
As approved by Board on 3 December 2003, applications for admission are classified as EU applications or non-EU applications for the purpose of fee payment. An EU application is one made by a person who fulfils one or more of the following criteria:
- who is ordinarily resident in the EU* and who has received full-time further or higher education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission; or
- who is ordinarily resident in the EU* and has worked full-time in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission; or
- who holds a passport from an EU State* and has received full-time further or higher education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission.
Applications from children of the following are treated as EU applications:
- EU government officials living abroad,
- Semi-state officials who are on assignment in countries outside the EU
- Volunteer development workers, and
- Certain EU officials as approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs
All other applications are considered to be non-EU applications. Students who have had periods of residence outside the EU are required to provide documentary evidence for their claim for EU fee status. This evidence must be presented with the application.
Undergraduate Tax Relief
Tax relief applies to full time and part time undergraduate students who are paying a tuition fee. The undergraduate student contribution, student sports centre charge and the USI levy are not a tuition fee. For full information on conditions for tax relief and to obtain a claim form please contact the Revenue Commissioners.
Families with two or more children liable for the new student contribution will qualify for tax relief on payments arising from second and subsequent sibling liability. Please see Revenue Information Leaflet IT31 for further information.