Withdrawing from a Programme



If you are not continuing with your programme, you must complete and submit an official Withdrawal Form. Since August 2016, this form is now completed online and can be accessed via SISWeb, Programme Services and ‘My Leave of Absence/Withdrawal Requests’. For fee purposes, the date of withdrawal will be considered the date by which your completed form is submitted online (to your Programme Office / Graduate School) for action.

Withdrawing from your Programme instructions.

Note: If you have applied for a leave of absence, as opposed to a programme withdrawal, information on the implications of this request can be found on this page.

1. 'Free' fee students


a) 'Free' fee students who register and officially withdraw with their Programme Office by completing the Withdrawal Form and returning their student card from 21 Oct 2016 to 31 January 2017 inclusive are liable for payment of half the Student Contribution Charge, 3,000 and half the Student Centre Levy 247 i.e. a total of 1,623.50*. FURTHER, half of the tuition fee will be claimed on the student’s behalf from the HEA. A student will then be liable to pay half the tuition fee for the equivalent period of attendance if s/he registers within the next 5 years in any Irish third level institution. Where students have taken more, or less, credits in the first semester, they will be liable for a proportionate amount of the Student Contribution.
(b) 'Free' fee students who register and officially withdraw by completing the Withdrawal Form and returning their student card on or after 1 February 2017 are liable for full payment of the Student Contribution Charge, 3,000 and the Student Centre Levy, 247 i.e. a total of 3,247. FURTHER, the full tuition fee will be claimed on the student’s behalf from the HEA. A student will have to pay full fees for the equivalent period of attendance if s/he registers within the next 5 years in any Irish third level institution.

* If entitled to 'free' fees; if not, the appropriate tuition fee must be paid. 
(Note: no charge applies to students who transfer to another third level institution as a result of a higher CAO offer).

1.1 'Free' Fee students withdrawing on medical grounds


The Department of Education & Skills allows students who withdraw from their programme in exceptional circumstances, such as certified serious illness, to apply to Administrative Services – Student Records for permission to re-attend as 'free' fee students. Detailed medical certificates that must include referrals to a consultant or consultants and/or details of hospitalisation obtained at the time of the illness must be supplied. It should be clear from such documentation that the student was actively prevented from attending or participating in his/her programme for a significant period. Students who become ill after lectures for the academic year have been completed are not entitled to apply for 'free' fees on medical grounds. It is important to note that the Department of Education & Skills stipulates that this concession, if granted, applies only where a student is returning to the same college and the same programme. If a student attends a different programme at UCD or a course at another third level college s/he will be liable for half- or full tuition fees based on the original period of attendance.

2. All Other Students


a) If you officially withdraw on or before 21 Oct 2016 you will receive a full refund of any payments made subject to point 1.4 of the refunds policy.
b) If you register and subsequently withdraw from the programme you must complete an official Withdrawal Form, via SISWeb, and submit it to your Programme Office/Graduate School (as well as return to your student card).
c) Students who withdraw after 21 Oct 2016 are liable for fees as follows:


For all undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes of 2-semester and less than 90 credits:
50% of published fee 21 Oct 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
100% of published fee 1 Feb 2017 - 17 May 2017
For programmes of 3-semesters and 90 credits or more:
33% of published fee 21 Oct 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
67% of published fee 01 Feb 2017 - 17 May 2017
100% of published fee 18 May 2017 - 6 Sep 2017


2.1 All other students - withdrawing on medical grounds


The University allows students who withdraw from their programme in exceptional circumstances, such as certified serious illness, to apply to their School for an approval for a partial or full refund of fees paid. Detailed medical certificates that must include referrals to a consultant or consultants and/or details of hospitalisation obtained at the time of the illness must be supplied. It should be clear from such documentation that the student was actively prevented from attending or participating in his/her programme for a significant period. Students attending taught programmes who become ill after lectures for the academic year have been completed are not entitled to apply a refund in these circumstances.

Read the University’s general policy on withdrawal