Postgraduate Fees & Finances
Trinity endeavours to ensure that the fees for all courses are provided in a clear, understandable way. Below is a breakdown of what each element of our fee profile refers to, as well as information which will allow you to determine if you are considered an EU or a Non-EU student by the University. This will have bearing on both your application method and the fee level you are eligible for.
Fees & Finances - An Overview
The fees you will be expected to pay to attend Trinity College Dublin are determined by two main factors:
What course are you applying for?
Fees vary from course to course. Once you've decided on the course(s) you'll be applying for, you can move to the next step in determining your fees.
Are you considered an EU or a Non-EU applicant by Trinity College Dublin?
Fees differ for applicants based on their "EU or Non-EU status" as assessed by Trinity Academic Registry. This status is based on agreed Trinity rules and regulations and is not based simply on your nationality, your passport or your country of birth. For more information on your status, please see the assessment rules in the below sections
Applicants may be requested to provide additional documentation to support their claim for a given fee status e.g. An Irish / EU passport; letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform granting Refugee Status in Ireland, P21 tax certificates, Social Welfare documentation or similar as indicated by Academic Registry.
Now you know your course(s) and your status - what next?
Now you have these two pieces of information you can use it in our detailed fees guide to determine what cost your intended course will be.
If you are an EU status undergraduate applicant you may also be eligible for further financial support from the Irish "Free Fees Initiative" More information on this is available in the "What is your personal fee status?" section.
What are the fees at Trinity comprised of?
The overall fees at Trinity College Dublin are made up of different components. Depending on your fee status and other eligibility you may be personally liable to pay for different parts of the overall fee.
This is the core fee for your academic course, teaching, and associated facilities.
If you have sponsorship, grants, or employer funding you may not be required to pay this personally.
Commencement or Diploma Fee
This is a mandatory charge towards the administrative cost of conferring your qualification at the end of your course. It is charged to undergraduate students in their third year and postgraduate students at the commencement of their course.
This must be paid if you do or do not attend your graduation ceremony. It is refundable if you do not proceed to graduate from your course.
USI Student Levy
This is a student levy collected on behalf of the TCD Students' Union in respect of membership of the Union of Students Ireland.
Sports Centre Charge
This is a mandatory charge for all students in respect of the provision of sports & recreational facilities at Trinity and was introduced by Students' Union referendum in 2007. Applications to waive this fee can be made on the grounds of hardship only and must be made to the Senior Tutor's Office. https://www.tcd.ie/Senior_Tutor/forms/
Student Spaces Levy
This is a mandatory charge for all students in respect of the development of student spaces at Trinity and was introduced by Students' Union referendum in 2017.
Applications to waive this fee can be made on the grounds of hardship only and must be made to the Senior Tutor's Office.
What is your personal fee status?
Please note the following throughout:
1) "The EU" as defined here includes EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, and Lichtenstein) or Switzerland.
2) "Ordinarily resident" is defined as having principle residence for the purposes of taxation. Where an applicant can show that they have been in receipt of social welfare payments this may be taken in lieu of full-time employment.
Postgraduate Fee Status
EU postgraduate applicants are defined as someone who fulfills one or more of the following...
Ordinarily resident in the EU and has received full-time further or higher education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission
ordinarily resident in the EU and has worked full-time in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission
holding an EU passport and has received full-time further or higher education in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission.
Additional Notes and Restrictions
Applications from children of the following are treated as EU applications:
a) EU government officials living abroad,
b) Semi-state officials who are on assignment in countries outside the EU
c) Volunteer development workers, and
d) Certain EU officials as approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs
All postgraduate applicants who do not meet this criteria are defined as Non-EU.
What does your fee status mean?
If you are classified as a Non-EU student under the EU/Non-EU criteria you must pay the full Non-EU fees listed in the fee catalogue for the course into which you have been accepted.
Postgraduate are required to pay the full EU fees listed in the fee catalogue for the course into which you have been accepted.
Supporting Documentation for your fee status
Applicants may be requested to provide additional documentation to support their claim for Free Fees or EU Fees – e.g. An Irish / EU passport; letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform granting Refugee Status in Ireland, P21 tax certificates, Social Welfare documentation or similar as defined by Academic Registry
Terms and Conditions
The detailed statutes in respect of fee status and charges are available in the College Calendar here