Please note that to be eligible for the Free Fees scheme students must first qualify for the EU fee rate. See this web page for more on the EU fee rate.
Fee status and the Free Fees Initiative
Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes. Such programmes must be of a minimum duration of 2 years.
Part-time and postgraduate programmes are not covered under the Free Fees Initiative
Current UCD students- Please check your UView record in SISWeb, which will show you whether HEA Free Fees applied to your student account.
Undergraduate students are generally automatically assessed for “free” fees. Students who are eligible for the Free Fees Scheme are required to pay the Student Contribution Charge and the Student Centre Levy.
It is important that you read and clearly understand the qualification criteria that apply, as well as the terms and limits of the Free Fees Initiative.
You need to make an application online.
Before applying for Free Fees assessment, please check your UView record in SISWeb, which will show you whether HEA Free Fees applied to your student account.
Please refer to our documentation checklist to ensure you submit a complete application. Incomplete applications will be rejected and you will be required to commence the process from the beginning.Students who have a Non-EU place of birth and/or citizenship checklist
The Department of Education and Skills requested the HEA bring the below information in relation to the Free Fees Scheme to attention:
In terms of higher education, notwithstanding Brexit, UK students will still be eligible for the same fee structures as EU students in Ireland. For the free fees initiative, once students meet all other criteria as set out in the Free Fees Initiative:
|Prior Attendance||Degree graduates|| Students who have already completed a first-time undergraduate degree or who have a postgraduate qualification are never entitled to Free Fees.
If a student has a postgraduate qualification without having completed a primary degree they will not qualify for free fees if they chose to pursue an undergraduate programme.
|Students who have completed and been awarded a level 7 “Ordinary” degree|| Where a student has been awarded a level 7 degree and wishes to progress to a level 8 degree they may be entitled to free fees. It is intended to allow students who have completed a Level 6 or 7 course and wish to undertake a related Level 8.
If a student is accepted as a transfer- progression from a Level 7 course, they may be eligible for Free Fees for the remainder of their course at UCD.
Students who hold a Level 7 qualification, and who were approved under the Free Fees Initiative for the course, and who undertake a new Level 8 course from year one cannot be considered as progressing for the purpose of Free Fees Initiative. In this case, the Level 8 course would be considered as a second undergraduate course and not eligible under the Free Fees Initiative. However, students may be entitled to free tuition fees for the final year of their Level 8 course i.e. if they level 7 degree was of 3 years duration then they will be entitled to free fees for the fourth and subsequent years only
|Students who have attended but have not completed a Level 6, 7 or 8 programme|| A student who has attended a third level course within the EU/EEA, Swiss Confederation in the past five years, and has not completed the course, will be liable for all fees for the equivalent period that s/he was in attendance.
Note: This regulation applies whether or not the institution attended was publicly/government funded or was private or fee-paying.