The overall cost of your studies at UCD will depend on your circumstances. The following resources may assist you in planning your finances.

What fees will I have to pay?

Fees consist of three elements: Tuition Fees, Student Contribution Charge and Student Centre Levy.

Under the terms of the "Free Fees" Initiative, the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of EU students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes. Such programmes must be of a minimum duration of 2 years. 

However, the Student Contribution Charge and Student Centre Levy must still be paid by you.

Please check the fees website for up-to-date information on fee requirements.

How do I know if I am eligible for "Free Fees"?

Please check the fees website with regard to your fees status, particularly if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Were you born outside the EU?
  • Have you lived outside the EU for 3 of the last 5 years?
  • Are you a non-EU National?
  • Have you previously attended a third–level institution (in Ireland or elsewhere)?

Will there be any other charges or costs?

Yes, for all courses you will need to budget for textbooks and stationery and living expenses such as accommodation and food. Depending on your course, you may also have to pay for health screening, lab coats or other equipment.

Is there any financial assistance available?

When planning to apply to UCD:

Your first resource is the website, run by the Higher Education Authority, which gives comprehensive information on the financial assistance schemes, including the Student Grant, available to students attending University in Ireland.

Grants are administered by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

You may also be eligible for a UCD Scholarship.

As a UCD Student:

If you get a place in UCD and find yourself in financial difficulty due to unforseen circumstance, the UCD Student Welfare and Assistance Committee (SWAC) may be able to help you if you find yourself in financial difficulty. Monetary problems may arise from difficulties due to ongoing low income, childcare costs or financial worries that may be the result of unforeseen events (e.g. bereavement, accident, illness etc.).

For further information on Financial Assistance please contact:

Emma Somers, Mature Student Adviser, Access & Lifelong Learning Centre , First Floor, James Joyce Library Building.

Tel: +353-1-716 7123; Email:


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