Fees & Payments
EU/Non-EU Status & Free Fees Initiative
Exchequer Payment in respect of Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition Fees
2016/2017: The following includes extracts from the College Charges section of the University of Dublin Calendar: N.B. The Board of Trinity College Dublin, is not bound by any error in, or omission from, the following regulations.
Criteria for determining eligibility for inclusion in the Free Fees Initiative
The detailed criteria for inclusion in the Free Fees Initiative are available in the University of Dublin and should be consulted for full instruction. The following are the eligibility criteria issued by the Department of Education and Skills in November 1997 and amended in 2004 in relation to the 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 2016/17) and the Student Sports Centre charge (€120 in 2016/17), 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 2016/17) and the Student Sports Centre charge (€120 in 2016/17).
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.
You must also fulfil one of the following 6 criteria as regards citizenship and rights of residence in Ireland:
- 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.
Criteria for determining eligibility for EU Fee Status (Undergraduate)
2.1 Students who are not EU nationals but have been resident in the EU* for three of the five years preceding admission may be eligible for EU fees.
(a) For students aged under 23
The student must have been ordinarily 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,
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.
(b) For students aged 23 and over
Student must have been ordinarily resident as a tax-payer (that is – principal residence for the purpose of taxation) or in full-time education in an EU Member State for three of the five years prior to entry.
2.2 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.
All other applications are considered non-EU applications.
*or EEA countries (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) or Switzerland
Criteria for determining eligibility for EU Fee Status (Postgraduate)
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:
a) 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
b) 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
c) 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
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
are treated as EU applications.
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.