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Non-Payment of Fees

Non-Payment of Fees

If you owe fees at the end of an academic year, it may affect the following:

  • Access to examination results
  • Access to registration for the next academic year
  • Conferring
  • Admission to a new programme


  • Continuing studentscan carry a maximum debt of €600 from one academic year to the next and still be able to access final results and register for the new academic year
  • If you owe more than €600 at the start of an academic year please be aware that:
    • You will not have access to your final results from the previous year
    • You will not have access to transcripts and other official documents (with exception of Certificate of Attendance)
    • You will not be able to register for the new academic year
  • Final year studentswill not be allowed to graduate until all fees and charges, including fines, have been paid


  • Access to transcripts etc. will be blocked (with the exception of the Certificate of Attendance)
  • Continuing students will not be progressed to the following year of their programme
  • Final year students will not be permitted to graduate until full fees and, where applicable, fines have been paid

All student fees are required to be paid by the published dates. Notification of outstanding debt takes place as part of the invoicing cycle. 

If you continue to owe fees a hold is placed on your student record.

If a hold is placed on your student record it may restrict your access to:

  • Examination Results
  • Transcripts or Statements of Results
  • Registration
  • Conferring

If you continue to owe fees you may incur late payment penalties and your details may be referred to our contracted debt collection agency, as detailed in the terms and conditions of the University. These terms and conditions are brought to your notice before you register to the university and are binding once registration is confirmed. All students agree to the terms and conditions of the University when they register to their programme on SISWeb.

How can I get a hold removed from my account?
To get a hold removed from your account you must pay;
  • All your outstanding debt
  • Enough to reduce your debt to below €600 (Continuing undergraduate students only)
  • A registration reactivation fee if your registration has lapsed

If you are an undergraduate student continuing into the next year of your programme you can register if your outstanding debt is less than €600.

This is then included in your liability for your minimum payment calculation for the next year i.e. one third of the total of your tuition fee, student contribution charge, student centre levy plus the debt you’ve carried over from the previous year.

Students on ‘free fees’ programmes are not liable for the tuition fee.

Students who have been awarded grants are not liable for the student contribution charge.
Hugh J Ward Solicitors
Where students do not pay their fees in full, UCD reserves the right to refer the outstanding balance as per their SISWeb balance to Hugh J Ward Solicitors who act as a collection method for the University. 

Things to note: 
  • Only accounts with an outstanding balance will be referred to Hugh J Ward Solicitors 
  • No additional charges will be incurred by students paying via High J Ward Solicitors and your SISWeb account will reflect the exact amount paid via this route.
  • Access to UCD services will not be available while the outstanding balance remains. 
  • Referral will not affect your overall credit rating 
  • Your account with Hugh J Ward will only be closed when the outstanding balance has been cleared in full.

  • Check your fee account on SISWeb regularly
  • Make payments when they are due
  • Clear your outstanding balance by the end of the academic year to avoid future implications

If you are experiencing financial challenges contact yourStudent Adviser who can provide information on supports. It’s not possible for any funding received from the Student Assistance or Student Welfare funds to be used for the payment for fees.

Contact the Student Desk

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