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Fees & Payments

What does the recent UK EU referendum mean for my fees?

Existing enrolled UK students who are currently obtaining EU fees and/or ‘Free Fees’ will continue to do so for the duration of their current course. This includes students who began a course in academic year 2018/19.

A determination by the Department of Education and Skills (DES)/Higher Education Authority (HEA) is yet to be made on how future students will be classified.

EU/Non-EU Fee Status

This classification is made by the admissions team on application/entry to the university.
Please be advised your fee status will remain the same for the duration of your time attending the college.

Undergraduate

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.

The below principles are applied to determine EU status:

  • Student is ordinarily resident in the E.U. and who will have received full-time post primary education in the E.U. for three of the five years immediately preceding admission or;
  • Student is ordinarily resident in the E.U. and has worked full-time in the E.U. for three of the five years immediately preceding admission or;
  • Student has official refugee status, or has been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State and who has been ordinarily resident in the E.U. 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
  • Certain EU officials as approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • In certain circumstances students who have NOT been resident in an EU or EEA country for three of the five years preceding admission may also be classified as EU for tuition fee purposes if they can demonstrate they have completed 5 years education at primary or post-primary level in an EU or EEA country.

If required for admission purposes please find the EU/Non EU Status Form here - all other applications are considered to be non-EU applications.

More details can be found at www.tcd.ie/study/undergraduate/fee-finances.

Postgraduate

A PG EU application is one made by a person who fulfils one or more of the following criteria:

  • Ordinarily resident in the EU or EEA and who has received full-time further or higher education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission or;
  • Ordinarily resident in the EU or EEA and has worked full-time in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission or;
  • Holds a passport from an EU State or EEA 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
  • 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.

HEA or Free Fees Initiative (FFI)

EU students eligible for inclusion in the Irish Free Fees Initiative will be liable for the Student Contribution, USI Levy, Sports Levy, and Commencement Fee.

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

And also:

  1. Persons who have official refugee status in this State.
  2. Family members of a refugee  who are granted permission by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to enter and reside in the State 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 (Free Movement of Persons) 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 (prior to the Immigration Act 1999)
  5. Be a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has granted permission to remain following a determination 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.

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.

There are 2 forms associated with the Free Fees Initiative:

  • FRS1 Form: May be required if you have registered without completing the FFI HEA Questionnaire under the financial section of your portal.
  • FRS2 Form: Requirement for all students who previously attended a third level institution within the EU/EEA.

SUSI, Student Finance Northern Ireland, Scottish Aid & Student Loan Company

In order to have your record updated with your approved funding you must supply a scanned copy of the letter you received detailing your sponsorship prior to your registration to academic.registry@tcd.ie.

Please note it can take up to 10 days to process these documents at peak times.
Note a new letter is required by the Academic Registry on an annual basis.

What Will My Fees Be?

Application Fees

Where applicable are €55 and are non-refundable except for in circumstances where the course is not going ahead and the student is not taking up an alternative course. Please be advised each course route requires an application fee be paid.

Annual Fees

  1. €8 USI levy 
  2. €120 Sports levy
  3. Graduation (commencement) fee €75 for certs & diplomas /€135 for all other courses. This is payable in year 3 for undergrads and year 1 for all other students.
  4. Tuition fees and/or Student Contribution fee.
  5. Deposits – you may have already paid a deposit when accepting your course. This will be deducted from your outstanding fees.

Please note the USI, Sports & Graduation fees will be replaced by the ‘Student Services Charge’ in year beginning of the 19/20 academic year which will spread the charges evenly throughout the student’s time in Trinity so they pay the same charge each year.

When Do I Pay My Fees?

You are required to pay your USI levy, sports charge, graduation charge (where applicable) and half of your annual tuition & if applicable half of your student contribution in order to register, For example, if your overall debt is €6,273 and SUSI are covering €2,000 you are required to pay half of the remaining €4,000 tuition and the €273 in charges prior to registering in Michaelmas term (by 30th October).  

Once your financials are up to date you must complete all steps on your portal in order to complete registration.  

September entrants are required to pay & register by the 30th October. If you do not do so you will be removed from the college system. In order to be readmitted there will be a charge of €358 (€212 late fee charge & €146 readmission charge).

The second half of your debt is required to be paid prior to the 31st January. If you pay after this date & before the end of February there is a late fee of €212 applied to your account. After this an additional readmission charge of €146 will be applied giving a total late payment charge of €358 which must be paid together with the balance of fees due.

How Do I Pay My Fees?

Online – through your portal at my.tcd.ie   

Please note you can use multiple cards to pay tuition and accommodation debts online however deposits and application fees must be paid using 1 card.

Electronic Bank Fund Transfer (EFT) into the Trinity No 7 Bank Account

NB it is imperative that you note your ‘8’ digit student number on the payment reference or we cannot identify who the payment is to be attributed to.
If the student number is not demonstrated the payment will go in to our suspense account and will not be attributed to your ledger.
If you or your sponsor have made a payment and you have omitted your student number please contact us through the ASK AR button in your my.tcd.ie portal or academic.registry@tcd.ie with subject line “FAO Fees: Payments Remittance Advice” with the date, amount and the remittance advice from the bank so we can identify your payment. 

No 7 Bank Details:
Account Name: TCD No 7 Account
Account Number: 92771039
Sort Code: 900017
IBAN: IE03BOFI900017927710 39
Swift Code: BOFIIE2D

Please note it can take up to 10 working days for EFT payments to be reflected on your ledger.

Pay To Study

This 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.

Cheques - no longer accepted

Employer Sponsorship

There are two types of sponsors – approved TCD sponsors (these have a 6 digit TCD code and will often be referred to by this code) and private sponsors. Bills cannot be issued to employers however statements can be printed through your TCD portal.

Approved Sponsors: If your sponsor is an approved TCD sponsor we will require in advance of your registration a signed and stamped letter on headed paper stating the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Student Number
  • Course
  • Year of Sponsorship (note a new letter must be submitted for each academic year)
  • What is being paid for (only tuition fee or sports levy, usi & graduation fee also)
  • Who is to be billed – contact name & address (this must match the person on file)

We will raise this financial guarantee letter as ‘sponsorship’ on your account and it will be reflected on your online bill. We begin to bill sponsors in November of each year. If you have supplied your sponsorship letter and cannot view it on your bill it could be a simple case that your bill needs to be re-generated. Please contact the Academic Registry to action this. 

Private Sponsors:
If you are being sponsored by a private sponsor they can pay on your behalf through EFT into the Trinity No 7 Bank Account (details below) prior to your registration.
NB it is imperative that they note your ‘8’ digit student number on the payment reference or we cannot identify who the payment is to be attributed to.

No 7 Bank Details:
Account Name: TCD No 7 Account
Account Number: 92771039
Sort Code: 900017
IBAN: IE03BOFI900017927710 39
Swift Code: BOFIIE2D

Departmental Funding/Internal Research

TCD Departmental Funding Form

This form should be submitted prior to registration in HARD COPY addressed to:

FAO Fees & Payments, Academic Registry, Watts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

The form must be signed and stamped by an authorised approver. A new form is required for each academic year.

Refunds

Refund of Fees

  • Can I get a refund of my fees if I have registered and subsequently decide to withdraw?

EU new entrant undergraduate students can get a refund of their fees (less a fee of €212) up until 31st October if they decide to withdraw.
Non-EU new entrant undergraduate students can get a refund of their fees (less their deposit and a fee of €212) up until 31st October if they decide to withdraw

All other continuing students are ineligible for a refund of their first instalment if they decide to withdraw after registering. The second instalment if already paid is refundable.

Withdrawals for both UG & PG must be processed through the correct college channels, please see our student cases page for more information.

  • Can I get a refund of my fees if I have not yet registered and decide not to attend?

Any deposit paid is non-refundable however any payment over the value of your deposit is refundable. 

Refund decisions where conditions are not met (visa requirements, academic requirements etc.) are assessed by the admissions office.  

If you decide to defer, your deposit will be retained to preserve your spot.

Receiving a Refund

Once you have been deemed eligible there are 2 types of refunds as detailed below:

Online Refunds:

You made a payment via the portal online and you have been approved for a refund:
Online payments can be rebated to the card used to pay within 6 months of the payment. If more than 6 months has passed you are required to enter bank details on your portal for an EFT refund to be processed.

If you are locked out of your portal please contact asksusu@tcd.ie. Card refunds can take up to 5 working days to be processed.

EFT Refunds:

You made a payment via EFT and you have been approved for a refund -
You are required to enter bank details on your portal for an EFT refund to be processed. If you are locked out of your portal please contact asksusu@tcd.ie

Important Notes:

  • Bank details are entered on the ‘My Finance’ section of your portal.
  • There can be NO spaces in your IBAN or BIC.
  • All bank details must match – account name and number must be as shown by the bank.
  • Where you do not have an IBAN & BIC please contact your bank to clarify the equivalent prior to entering your bank details.

Foreign Aid

Federal Aid

Details for applying for federal aid can be found here.

Queries should be sent through the ASK AR button in your my.tcd.ie portal or academic.registry@tcd.ie with subject line “FAO Fees: Federal Aid”.

1098-t Forms

The Academic Registry do not fill in 1098t Tax Return Forms however we can supply you with a letter detailing your attendance and fee payments for the required years.

Requests should be sent through the ASK AR button in your my.tcd.ie portal or academic.registry@tcd.ie with subject line “FAO Fees: 1098t Forms”.

Canadian Loan Forms/Tax Forms

The Academic Registry can fill out these forms.

Requests should be sent through the ASK AR button in your my.tcd.ie portal or academic.registry@tcd.ie with subject line “FAO Fees: Canadian Loans”.

FAQs

Accommodation Queries

The Fees & Payments team in the Academic Registry upload accommodation charges & credits to your ledger in order for you to make payment. Any queries relating to the intricacies of your charges should be directed to the accommodations office.

Child of Staff/Member of Staff Fee Remission

All enquireies should be made the Human Resources, phone - +353 (0)1 896 3333, email - hr@tcd.ie.

Examinations Fee

This fee is €382 and is applied to a student account where a student is permitted to go off books taking assessment for the academic year.

This charge is also applied where a student has been granted permission to sit a special exam at the end of annual & supplement exam sessions.

Foundation and Non-Foundation Scholars

Full details on Scholars entitlements can be foundhere:

Scholars Emolument Forms will be emailed out by end October and must be returned by the date detailed on the form in order to avail of your privileges.

Reading your Financials on your Portal

Credits or payments made on your account will show as negative values. Debts will show as positive values.

Visa Letters

Please note we provide letters for visa requirements which will detail the student’s current financial status. Requests should be sent to academic.registry@tcd.ie.