Undergraduate 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.
The guidelines below are provided for information purposes only; the Academic Registry and Trinity College Dublin are not bound by any error or omission therein.
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 are eligible for the Irish Free Fees Initiative you may not be required to pay this personally.
Undergraduate courses also include a student contribution fee towards the cost of providing your course of study.
If you are an EU student eligible for the Irish Free Fees Initiative this will comprise the main portion of your applicable fees. You may be eligible for further sponsorship or grants towards the cost of the student contribution.
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.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. www.tcd.ie/Senior_Tutor/forms/
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.
3) "Worked full-time" 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
Undergraduate Fee Status
EU undergraduate applicants are defined as someone...
who is "ordinarily resident" in the EU
who will have received full-time post primary education
who has worked full-time in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission to Trinity College Dublin
who has official refugee status
been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State.
who has been "ordinarily resident" in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission to Trinity College Dublin
Additional Notes and Restrictions
1) For students aged under 23, the students parent(s) must also have been "ordinarily resident" in the EU for three of the five years prior to the student's admissions to Trinity College Dublin.
2) Applicants who have written confirmation that they have been allowed to come to Ireland as part of the family re-unification scheme may also be eligible.
3) Children of emigrants may be assessed as EU applicants if they can provide documentary evidence of having completed 5+ years or primary and/or secondary education in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation and have no previous third-level attendance.
All undergraduate applicants who do not meet this criteria are defined as Non-EU.
Eligibility for the Irish Free Fees Initiative
In order to qualify for the Irish Free Fees Initiative you must have been living in the EU for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course.
You must also fulfill one of the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of the EU 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 fulfill all of the following 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.
Additional Notes and Restrictions
Students who acquire EU/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 EU/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 criteria of the Irish Free Fees Initiative apart from nationality at date of entry to their course of study.
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.
Undergraduate EU applicants who do not meet the additional requirements for the Irish Free Fees Initiative are required to pay the full EU fees listed in the fee catalogue for the course into which you have been accepted.
EU Status (with Irish Free Fees Initiative Eligibility)
EU applicants who are also eligible under the Irish Free Fees Initiative will be liable for the Student Contribution and other charges listed above but will not be liable for tuition fees which will be paid through the Initiative by the Irish Government.
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