EU or NON-EU Fee Rates
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. If you have a query on your fee classification of either EU or NEU please email Academic.Registry@tcd.ie with subject line “FAO Admissions”.
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
Am I an EU or Non-EU applicant?
An EU applicant is a person:
1. who is ordinally resident1 in the EU2
- who will have received full-time post primary education AND/OR
- who has worked full-time3 in the EU for three of the five years immediately preceding admission to Trinity
2. who has
- official refugee status4 or has been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State AND
- who has been ordinarily resident in the EU2 for three of the five years immediately preceding admission to Trinity.
1. For students aged under 23, the student's parent(s) must also have been ordinarily resident (that is - principal residence for the purpose of taxation) in an EU2 Member State for three of the five years prior to the student's entry to Trinity.
2. EU or EEA countries (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) or Switzerland.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The Admissions Team may contact some applicants in order to seek supporting documentation regarding their status (EU/non-
6. Children of emigrants may be assessed as EU applicants if they can provide documentary evidence of having completed 5+ years of primary and/or secondary education in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation and have no previous third-level attendance.
All other applications are considered to be non-EU applications.
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 of 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 fulfil 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 fulfil 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.
Postgraduate Fee Status
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 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. If required for admission purposes please find the EU or Non-EU Status Form
What Fees do I Need to Pay?
Where applicable application fees are €55 and are non-refundable, except in circumstances where the course is not proceeding, and the student is not taking up an alternative course. Please be advised each course route requires an application fee be paid.
Deposits are required to be paid by all postgraduate and Non-EU undergraduate students on accepting an offer. Your deposit payment will be deducted from your total fees due.
Students are liable to pay Tuition fees and/or the Student Contribution fee. Registered students are also liable to pay an SLC fee (Student Levies & Charges). This replaces the USI levy, Sports Centre levy & Graduation charge from 19/20 onwards. The SLC will be amended accordingly for students who have previously paid their graduation charge prior to 2019/20. Where sponsors elect to cover the SLC the full charge must be covered. No partial waivers are permitted.
SLC Rates 2023/24
- Rate 1: UG Degree, Doctorates, UG & PG Certificate/Diploma - €199.75
- Rate 2: PGT Degree (part-time) - €233.50
- Rate 3: PGT Degree (full-time) - €301.00
- Rate 4: Visiting students’ rate - €166
Student Sport Centre charge
NB An additional year required for example five-year programmes, repeat year, extension of studies incur a rate €2 charge.
SLC (Student Levies and Charges)
SLC is a consolidated single rate in respect of current student levies and charges.
The SLC consists of:
- Student Sport Centre charge
- Student Space and Centre levy
- Commencement fee (graduation fee) spread across the duration of an academic programme
- €135 or €75/ duration of academic programme
- U.S.I membership fee (optional)
- Late Payment Charge €212 if fees are overdue.
- Readmission Charge €146 if permitted to be readmitted following removal from college due to non-payment of fees.
- Examination Charge €382 if going off books taking assessment. Must be paid when going off books.
- Early Thesis Submission Charge if permitted this is calculated on a case by case basis.
- Thesis Revision Charge 6 months €1,160, 12 months Arts €1,853, and 12 months Science/Health €2,174
Full details on late payment & readmission charges can be found in the college calendar https://www.tcd.ie/calendar/