Tuition fees will be paid by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for Irish / EU nationals entering third level for the first time and who have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 of the 5 years preceding entry to third level unless they fall into one of the following categories:
a. Students repeating a semester / year
b. Students pursuing a second undergraduate course
The HEA stipulates that students who already hold a Level 6 or a Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in a different general area of study will not be deemed eligible for free (tuition) fees.
The detailed eligibility criteria for Free (Tuition) Fees is set out on www.studentfinance.ie
If you do not qualify for either “free” fees or EU fees you will be liable for the full rate of non-EU (International) fees.
Student Contribution Fee 2015/16
If you are eligible under the Higher Education Free Fees scheme you will have to pay the Student Contribution; the 'free fees' scheme will pay the other element of the published programme fee. A charge of €3,000 is payable by each student to cover non-tuition student services such as examination entry fees, support for student services and support for student clubs and societies. These charges are regulated by the Department of Education and Skills.
From September 2014, an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss student who has spent at least five years in primary school or second level school in Ireland can avail of EU fee rates.