Full-Time  At the moment, The majority of EU students who are in full-time education in Ireland do not pay any tuition fees.  However, liability for tuition fees is subject to conditions regarding nationality, residency, type of enrolment, previous study and progression. As a result some Full-time EU, Swiss and EEA students maybe required to pay fees.  Their liability could be for registration fees only, both tuition & registration fees, or neither, depending on their circumstances. There is further information below the table.

Part-Time/ACCS/REPEAT students are liable for fees.  The relevant full-time fee is adjusted pro-rata and students are charged on a per-credit basis.  There are 60 credits in a year.  Thus a student will pay one sixtieth of the full-time fee for each credit taken. The Registration fee is also calculated pro rata on a per credit basis,@ €50.00 per credit taken to a maximum charge of €1,500. 

Part-time. ACCS and Per Credit rate (60 credits per year)
2017-2018 Full Time, Full 60 Credits
2017-2018 Composite Including fee for 60 Credits & Student Contribution
Level 6 Higher Certificate  €4.17  €250.00  €3250.00
Level 7 Bachelor Degree  €4.17  €250.00  €3250.00
Level 8 Nursing Degree  €68.44  €4,106.00  €7,106.00
Level 8 Architecture & Engineering  €24.17  €1,450.00  €4,450.00
Other Level 8 Degrees  €13.65  €819.00  €3,819.00
Student Contribution/Student Services Fee
(One child in Higher Education)
 €50.00  €3,000.00  
 Tax Relief may be available on registration fees for second and subsequent children.

Application Fees

Application for first year is made via the CAO only.  Information on CAO application fees is available on www.cao.ie

Application for entry at any level other than first year is made directly to LYIT.  There is no fee for applications made directly to LYIT.  However, please note that applications for entry post first year will only be considered from those who already hold appropriate Higher Education qualifications.

Tuition Fees

The Registry deals with all matters related to fee collection.  Students are required to be in good standing with the college in relation to fees.  Students who have not paid fees due may not be entered for exams or may have their results withheld.

Fee Classification.

A student’s fee classification is decided at the time of initial registration.  Students will not, normally, be permitted to alter their fee classification following admission. 

However, where students who are designated non-EEA on initial registration subsequently acquire EEA citizenship during the course of their time at LYIT, they may apply to registry for ‘Change of Nationality’ on their student record..

If successful, this may also entitle them to a change in fee status.
In order to be eligible for free fees following a ‘Change of Nationality’, students must also have met all the other criteria of the Free Fees Schemes, at the date of initial entry to their course of study,
e.g. they must have been resident in an EU member state for at least 3 of the 5 year directly preceding their entry to college, and they must be first time undergraduates

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 31st January, and who met all the other criteria of the Free Fees Schemes at the date of initial entry to their course of study, may be entitled to free tuition fees from the second half of the academic year.
  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship from 1st February, and who met all the other criteria of the Free Fees Schemes at the date of initial entry to their course of study, may be entitled to free tuition fees from the commencement of the next academic year.

Students may be classified into one of three fee categories:

  • Free Fees
  • EU Fees
  • Non-EU fees.

Free Fees

Students will normally qualify for free fee classification if they meet all three of the following criteria:

  • They are first time undergraduates on a full-time programme.
    • Any previous education must be declared on the application CAO or direct entry forms.  Nondisclosure may result in loss of place.
  • They are citizens of the E.U., E.E.A. or Switzerland, (or foreign nationals with official refugee status)

    The following documents are acceptable as proof of EU Nationality:
      • Original Irish Birth Certificate
      • Passport from any EU/EEA member state or Switzerland 
      • Original EU/EEA/Swiss Nationality Identity Card
      • Original Letter from the Department of Justice Equality & Law Reform indicating that Refugee Status has been granted
  • They have been ordinarily resident in an E.U. member state for at least three of the five years directly preceding their entry to a full-time undergraduate programmes at Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    • Documentary evidence such as school records, tax certificates or utility bills, etc. may be required if there is a query as regards residency.

Asylum seekers and those with “leave to remain” are not eligible for the free fees scheme.  Such students will be liable for fees at either the EU or the non EU rate, depending on their circumstances.

EU Fees

Citizens or the E.U., E.E.A or Switzerland  (or those with official Refugee Status) may be liable for fees at the EU rate if:

  • They already hold a degree or have completed more than the first year of a Higher Education Programme,
  • They are repeating a year (or part of a year) of study,
  • They have been resident outside the EU for more than two of the five years preceding their entry to higher education. 
  • They are attending on a part-time or ACCS basis

 Click here for more information on Tax Relief on college fees.

The amount payable by such students is set annually by the Department of Education and usually becomes known in August.  Rates for recent years are given above as an indication of costs.

Non EU citizens may be considered for fees at the EU rate if their principal residence for tax purposes was in an EU member state for a minimum of 3 of the 5 years directly preceding their entry to college.  If the student is under 23 their parent’s residence for tax purposes will be considered.  If they are over 23 their own residence for tax purposes will be considered.  A P21 will be required in either case. 

With effect from sept 2014  EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have not been resident in the EU/EEA /Switzerland in recent years but who can demonstrate that they have completed at least 5 academic years of study in the EU/EEA/Switzerland (at either primary or post –primary level) will be charged fees at the EU rate.

Non-E.U. Fees

Foreign nationals who are not citizens of the E.U, E.E.A or Switzerland are required to pay the full non EU tuition fee.  The non EU fees are:


Non EU undergraduate fee:  (First Year)                                             €9,000        

Non-EU undergraduate fee: (2nd and subsequent years)                   €9,000

Non-EU taught postgraduate fee:                                                       €9,000

An exception may apply in the case of non EU citizens whose principal residence for tax purposes was in an EU member state for 3 of the 5 year directly preceding their entry to higher education.  Prior residence as a full-time student alone does not qualify a non EU applicant for EU fee rates.

If a non EU applicant is under 23 years of age on the start date of the programme the applicant must have spent 3 of the last 5 years in full time study or work in an EU member state prior to the commencement of the programme and the principal residence for the purpose of taxation of the applicant’s parents will be examined. 

If a non EU applicant is over 23 years of age on the start date of the programme he she must have spent 3 of the 5 years prior to the commencement of the programme in full time study or work in an EU member state and the applicant’s own principal residence for the purpose of taxation will be examined.

A P21 form will be required in both instances.

This full time study/work requirement will be deemed satisfied in the case of an applicant for whom a spouse is claiming a tax benefit, which must be confirmed by a P21 form.

Stamp 0

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is introducing a new classification of immigration permission. Stamp 0 will come into operation as and from 1 December 2011.  It will indicate individuals who are granted a strictly limited and temporary permission to remain in the State.  For holders of Stamp 0, it will be a specific condition of their immigration permission that they cannot avail of State benefits.  In effect, they are only being permitted to be in Ireland on the basis that there is no cost to the Irish State.  This means that holders of Stamo 0 will be charged full non EU fees and may be unable to avail of student grants, etc. The person concerned must have private medical insurance and will be financially independent (through their earnings or otherwise) and/or fully supported by a sponsor in the State. Further conditions will be set out in a letter issued to the non-EEA national by INIS.

While the entitlements of a non-EEA national to State benefits or assistance is a matter for the relevant government department/agency it should be noted that a non- EEA national who avails of such benefits would be regarded as having breached the conditions of his/her residence and is consequently liable to have his/her permission to remain in the State revoked or not renewed.

Stamp 4

It should be noted that a ‘stamp 4’, on its own, is not sufficient for a student to qualify for free tuition fees. The card must bear the title 4EUFam.

Students with the stamp the 4EUFam. Seeking to avail of the free fees scheme will be required to provide copies of the following.
  A. A copy of the letter Department of Justice and Law Reform confirming immigration status,
  B. Passport
  C.Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Certificate of Residence card, bearing the title 4EUFam.

More information is available via the Student Finance website

Tuition fees for those repeating a year or part of a year and for ACCS or Part-time Students

The free fee classification does not apply to students who are repeating a year, or part of year, or to part-time or ACCS students on any programme of study.  All repeat students and ACCS or part-time students must pay tuition fees at either the EU or non EU rate depending on their circumstances.  Each stage (year) of each programme comprises a total of 60 credits.  Thus the repeat fee is one-sixtieth of the total annual tuition fee per credit taken or repeated.  The approved programme schedule indicates how many credits are assigned to each course (subject).  If a course is worth 10 credits, the repeat fee for that course will be 10-sixtieths of the normal annual programme fee for that category of student.   If a course is worth 8 credits, the repeat fee would be 8-sixtieths of the normal annual programme fee, and so on.

Other charges

A charge to cover non-tuition student services (e.g. examination entry fees, support of the Student Union, etc.) is levied on every student at Registration. The rate is set by the Department of Education and is subject to change. For 2015 entry the charge is €3,000 per year. Families with more than one child in higher education may be able to make a claim towards this cost via the taxation system.

Each year those who receive an offer also receive notification of the fee amount and a giro form to facilitate payment of same.

In order to be eligible to complete registration students will need one of the following two items, either

  • A giro counter foil, showing the registration fee has been paid  or
  • Documentary evidence (e.g. a letter from their local VEC) confirming that they qualify for the ESF maintenance grant. 

Students must have one or the other of the above documents to register.  Those who do not have a letter confirming grant approval at the time of Registration will be required to have paid the giro.  If, after Registration, it transpires that they are eligible for a maintenance grant after all, they can then reclaim the money, by completing the appropriate form and returning it to the ESF section in the Registry.  Applicants who believe they may be eligible for a maintenance grant are advised to begin their claim process with the grant authority as early as possible, i.e. during June/July.

Refund of Fees

CAO application fees:
Not refundable.

Tuition & Registration Fees
In the event that LYIT is unable to provide a programme, any tuition or registration fees paid by the student will be fully refunded. In the event that a student withdraws from a programme, full, partial or no refunds may apply, depending on the circumstances. Please note that any decision to leave college has consequences that may not have been considered. Students are strongly advised to discuss any such proposal with their Head of School, Course Leader and/or other support staff, such as LYIT’s Careers Advisor, Counsellor, or Access Officer before finalizing a decision to leave. If a student decides to leave a course, it is very important that they formally de-register.

In order for refunds to be made the student must:

  • Formally de-register (i.e. complete and submit a de-registration form at Registry) and not simply “drop-out” or withdraw from college.
  • ProvideProvide Registry with a BIC and an IBAN and account  number into which they wish the refund to be paid.

Deadlines & Amounts

  • Full Refund: Where formal de-registration is completed before October 31st (Census date) any fees paid will be refunded in full.
  • Half Refund: Where a student formally de-registers after October 31st but before January 31st ., half of any tuition or registration fees paid will be refunded.
  • No Refund: Normally no refund is made after January 31st.
  • No Refund: To Non EU Students that de-register after October 31st

Where refunds apply they are normally made automatically following a formal de-registration.  Refunds are sent by Electronic Fund Transfer directly to the account nominated by the student. We do not make cash or cheque refunds.
The refunded amount must be traced to the original giro and reviewed and approved by several personnel.  This can take time.  LYIT endeavour to process refunds as soon as possible.
In most cases refunds are processed within one month of application being made.
If a refund is delayed, enquiry should be made, in writing, to Fees Department, Registry, LYIT, Port Road, Letterkenny

Refunds to International Students:
The guidelines for fee refunds apply equally to new and continuing students, and are based predominantly on standard academic year programmes. Refunds to international students are only paid when evidence is provided by the student that he/she has returned to his/her home country and the student has presented his/her passport to the nearest Irish embassy or consulate for the purpose of the cancellation of his or her study visa to Ireland and has provided evidence of such cancellation

Refunds to international students will be payable where

  • The applicant, having paid fees in advance, has been refused a student visa to study in Ireland and where an appeal against the decision has failed. A full refund of tuition fees will be paid on submission of all original documents and evidence of the refusal to LYIT
  • Where an offer is withdrawn because incomplete information is supplied by the applicant or student. LYIT reserves the right to retain up to 50% per cent of the tuition fee as well as any cost incurred in recruiting the student. NOTE: Where an offer of a course place was made on the basis of documents which subsequently proved to be fraudulent or misleading LYIT reserve the right to withdraw the place and retain all fees paid.

A student, who fails to meet course entry / progression rules and accordingly, is not permitted to enroll, will be eligible for a refund of any fees if paid in advance of notification of exclusion.  LYIT shall have discretion to deduct an administration fee of up to 50% of the tuition fee.

A notice of withdrawal due to exceptional circumstances may be accepted as grounds for either a full or partial refund of fees, subject to the provision of acceptable documentary evidence in support of the application for a refund. Exceptional circumstances that will be considered may include:

  • Recent serious illness, or disability (medical certification required) or death of the student of an immediate close family member (parent, sibling, spouse or child; this would not normally include a grandparent).
  • Failure to meet English language requirements for admission having supplied documentary evidence that their language proficiency met or surpassed the criterion set for their chosen course, and subsequently having failed an LYIT language competency test.
  • Collapse of promised financial support or sponsorship of the student notified before commencement of the course.
  • Where a student, having accepted an offer of a course place and, not having traveled to Ireland, gives a minimum of four weeks written notice of an inability to undertake the course, all tuition fees paid are refundable less an administrative fee of up to 50 per cent of the tuition fee, provided that the student presents his or her passport to the nearest Irish embassy or consulate for the purpose of the cancellation of his or her study visa to Ireland and provides evidence of such cancellation. The notice period is measured as four weeks before the notified commencement date of the course.

No Refunds and made when

  • A student having accepted a place and paid fees, fails to register and does not provide sufficient notice to enable LYIT to offer the place to another person.
  • A registered student withdraws but fails to formally de-register.
  • Withdrawal or de-registration takes place after January 31st
  • An offer is withdrawn or a student is asked to leave because their application/admission was made on the basis of documents which subsequently proved to be fraudulent or misleading.
  • A student is in breach of government regulations governing his/her student status in Ireland.
  • A student visa is cancelled or the student’s right to remain in the State is terminated.
  • A student’s entitlement to attend a programme is terminated due to academic misconduct or antisocial behaviour within LYIT
  • A student’s entitlement to attend a programme is terminated or the student withdraws following on conviction for a criminal offence.

Financial support, Republic of Ireland.

A new website (www.studentfinance.ie), which gives extensive information on student grants and supports, was launched by the Higher Education Authority on 20 January. The website aims to encourage more people from less well-off poorer backgrounds into third-level education

Information on Financial Support, Republic of Ireland
Information on Financial Support, Northern Ireland 
Information from the Student Loans Company, for Northern Irish & UK Students.

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Updated: Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:40:14 GMT