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
- please see a list of approved courses/institution
to which the Free Fees Initiative applies
” - students who have been verifiably absent from third level education for a minimum of 5 years since attempting, but not completing, approved course AND who belong to one of the above categories may be considered eligible for a further round of funding under the Free fees Initiative to pursue approved courses at the same level.
A ‘Change of Nationality’ clause
- students who do not meet the nationality criteria of the schemes, will continue to be ineligible for free fees, however if such students subsequently acquire EEA citizenship during their third level studies they may be entitled to free tuition fees for the remainder of their course of study as follows:
- Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 31st January in an academic year may be entitled to free tuition fees from the second half of the academic year.
- Students who acquire EEA citizenship from 1st February may be entitled to free tuition fees from the commencement of the next academic year.
In order to be eligible under this ‘Change of Nationality’ clause students must have met all other criterion of the Free Fees Schemes, apart from nationality, at date of entry to their course of study.
Exceptional circumstances such as certified serious illness - Where grading exemptions in extenuating circumstances have been approved by the School’s Programme Board tuition fees will not be charged for the modules thus graded.
Where grading exemptions have not been awarded application must be made to the Student Records office enclosing detailed medical certificates and details of hospitalisation etc and/or other evidence where relevant.
Withdrawing from a programme
- If a student decides to withdraw from a programme and is in receipt of Free Fees they must be aware of the consequences.
If a student withdraws from a programme for which free fees are claimed they will be held liable for all tuition fees for the equivalent period of attendance if they decide to attend another third level programme in the Republic of Ireland.
The European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA)/Swiss Confederation
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.
The EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
The European Economic Area (EEA)
: The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.
is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the Republic of Ireland as other EEA nationals.
P21 & P60
P21 is an accumulated statement of total income, tax credit and tax paid for a particular tax year for all employment in the tax year. It also includes tax paid by spouse if jointly assessed. For this reason it is used to make a judgement about residence. You can request your p21 via www.revenue.ie
A P60 is a single document issued by an employer for an individual in a single employment. It is issued if a person was in a particular employment on 31 December of the year. It will not include details of any other employment or income or of spousal income. It can be issued even if a person was only employed for the last week of the year so therefore is not a reliable indicator of residence and cannot be accepted for Fee Assessment purposes.
Also if someone leaves employment they get a P45 and no P60 whereas they can get a P21 (on request)
It is important to understand that the P60 is not a Revenue assessment of a person's tax position and is not an indication of final tax liability for the year. The P60 merely provides a summary of the tax, PRSI and USC deducted by a single employer in the tax year.
If the residency documentation is in the name of your husband/wife but cites that there is a spouse, you must provide a marriage certificate.