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EU FEE ASSESSMENT
Undergraduate EU Fee Assessment
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Students who do not qualify for “free fees” under the Free Fees Initiative may qualify for the standard rate of EU fees. For a list of tuition fees click here.

Where students do not qualify for either “free” fees or EU fees they will be liable for the full rate of non-EU (International) fees. For a list of tuition fees click here.

For information about the Undergraduate Free Fees Initiative click here.

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Graduate EU Fee Assessment
GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate students ordinarily resident* in the EU/EEA/ Swiss Confederation** for a minimum of 3 years prior to registration at UCD may be entitled to pay fees at the standard EU rate. For a list of tuition fees click here.
Graduate students who are not, or have not been, ordinarily resident* for the minimum required period in the EU/EEA/ Swiss Confederation** must pay tuition fees at the non-EU (International) rate. For a list of tuition fees click here.

Definitions:

*Ordinarily resident  means being resident in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation for a minimum of 183 days in any one calendar year for a minimum of 3 years
**EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation click here for a list of countries

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EU FEE ASSESSMENT

Where a student has been auto-assessed as being liable for non-EU fees they may apply for EU Fees Assessment provided they meet one of the below conditions (N.B. Students who accepted an international place on a programme are not eligible for EU fees. They may be reassessed for future programmes):

(a) For all applicants aged under-23 on 1st September of year of entry to a programme:

  • Parent(s) must have been resident as tax-payer(s) (that is - principal residence for the purpose of taxation) in the EU/EEA/Switzerland for three of the five years prior to the applicant commencing a programme at UCD AND
  • Applicant/student must have been ordinarily resident in the EU/EEA/ Swiss Confederation for three of the five years prior to commencing a programme at UCD.

(b) For all applicants aged 23 or over on 1st September of year of entry to a programme:

  • Applicants over-23 are considered independent, mature applicants. The applicant/student must have been resident as a tax-payer (that is - principal residence for the purpose of taxation) in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation for three of the five years prior to commencing a programme at UCD.

Notes:

  • An EU/EEA/Swiss passport or EU/EEA/Swiss citizenship does not grant automatic entitlement to EU fees. Applicants must meet one of the above EU fee rate conditions.
  • Any period of residence as a student, or as holder of a student visa (Stamp 2) is not included in the assessment of years of residence.
  • The minor/dependent adult children who are in full time post-primary education and the spouse/the civil partner of EU/EEA/Swiss State Officials, who reside with that State official while posted outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland on diplomatic or consular missions, shall be deemed to be resident in their home EU/EEA/Swiss State for the purposes of the residency clause of the Free Fees Initiative.
  • The dependents of non-EU diplomatic staff based in the EU are entitled to EU (not free fees). This includes the minor/dependent adult children who are in full time post-primary education and the spouse/the civil partner of the non-EU diplomatic staff. They must present a letter from their Embassy each year to verify their entitlement.
  • Students who are the children of Semi State Agency officials, Government officials (all Departments), Irish officials working with the UN, and children of volunteer development workers who reside in non-EU countries as a result of their appointments must note that as and from September 2013, the exemption from meeting normal EU residency requirements will cease. The Department of Education and Skills has withdrawn this concession for legal reasons (30 January 2013).


Exceptions:

  • For Undergraduate registration:
    EU fees may apply for applicants born in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation who do not meet the normal residency requirements but who completed 5+ years of their primary and/or secondary education in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation and have no previous third level attendance.
  • For Graduate registration:
    EU fees may apply for applicants born in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation who do not meet the normal residency requirements but who received all of their primary, secondary and third level education in the EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation.

Applicants classified for fee purposes as non-EU will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission to their programme.
Applicants who have been classified as non-EU for Undergraduate registration may be reassessed for graduate registration.

EU Fee Assessment (acceptable supporting documentation)

(a) For applicants aged under 23 on 1st September of year of entry to a programme:

  • Letter from school based in EU/EEA/Swiss Confederation confirming attendance for a minimum of three of the five years prior to entry or other proof of residence as stipulated by the University, and
  • P21 tax certificates (or EU/EEA/Swiss equivalent) and/or Social Welfare documentation for parent(s) of applicant must be submitted for a minimum of three of the five years prior to entry or other proof of residence as stipulated by the University, and
  • GNIB card with appropriate stamp (excluding Stamp 2), or
  • For EU citizens, a copy of your current EU passport

(b) For applicants aged 23 or over on 1st September of year of entry to a programme:

  • P21 tax certificates (or EU/EEA/Swiss equivalent) and/or Social Welfare documentation for applicant must be submitted for a minimum of three of the five years prior to entry or other proof of residence as stipulated by the University,
  • For non-EU applicants, work or residence visa for three of the five years prior to commencement must be submitted, and
  • GNIB card with appropriate stamp (excluding Stamp 2), or
  • For EU citizens, a copy of your current EU passport

EU Fee Assessment (process)
In order to apply for EU fee assessment you should deliver copies of the appropriate documentation (see above section: EU Fee Assessment - acceptable supporting documentation) to the Student Desk in the Tierney Building or submit via the EU Fee Assessment tool. Alternatively you may post your documents to Student Records – UCD Registry, Belfield, Dublin 4. You will be advised if the documentation you have provided is adequate or if further documents are required.

Students are assessed for EU/non-EU fees based on the information provided by the applicant, and students must meet a strict criteria. Once received, we will review your documentation to see if you meet the ordinarily resident requirement or one of the exceptions mentioned above. A decision regarding your application will be advised to you by email within 10 days of your complete application being received.

If you feel that your application was incorrectly assessed, please email student.records@ucd.ie for clarification or to provide further supporting documentation.

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CHILDREN OF IRISH EMIGRANTS AND OTHER QUALIFYING EUROPEAN CITIZENS

Following the Minister for Education’s announcement on Friday, 14 March 2014 regarding changes to how third level fees for the children of Irish emigrants will be assessed, the current position is as follows:

  • The planned changes apply to new undergraduate entrants from the 2014/15 academic session onwards.
  • This does not affect the rules governing entitlement to free fees for undergraduate study. The planned changes relate to students being eligible for the EU fee rate rather than the Non-EU fee for their programme.  
  • Documentary evidence of completion of at least five academic years of study in the EU/EEA/Switzerland (at either primary or post-primary) will be required by the University. e.g. confirmation/certification from the schools attended.

We will continue to update this web page as further guidance is provided by the HEA and Department of Education