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Fee Information

In order to be eligible for free fees, students must meet one of the following criteria plus the residency criteria:

  • Student must hold EU nationality

          EU nationality is confirmed by one of the following:

  • A passport

  • A national identity card

  • An Irish birth certificate

  • A birth certificate from another EU state does not suffice as it does not always confer citizenship rights on the holder. If in doubt, check with the embassy of the State concerned.

  • Student must hold Official Refugee Status in Ireland

Official Refugee Status is confirmed by an original letter from the Department of Justice confirming the bearer holds official refugee status.

  • Student must have been granted leave to remain in the state under Family Reunification

Family Reunification is confirmed by an original letter from the Department of Justice confirming the bearer holds Family Reunification.

  • Student must have been granted leave to remain in the state under Humanitarian Grounds. Leave to remain in the state under Humanitarian Grounds must be confirmed by an original letter from the Department of justice confirming this. The letter must state (a) that the person has humanitarian leave to remain in the State (if granted prior to Immigration Act 1999 or (b) that they have been granted permission following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999. Students will be required to pay the €3000 Student Contribution.

  • Student must have been granted leave to remain in the state under EU Treaty Rights

Leave to remain in the state under EU Treaty Rights must be confirmed with an original letter from the Department of Justice confirming this and student must hold the GNIB card bearing the code 4EUFAM.


EU fee rates apply only to Non EU students who meet the following conditions:-

For students aged under 23 on 1st September of year of entry:

Parent(s) must have been permanently resident (that is - principal residence for the purpose of

taxation in an EU Member State for three of the five years prior to student’s entry, and student must    have been permanently resident in an EU Member State for three of the five years prior to entry.

For students aged 23 or over on 1st September of year of entry:

Student must have been permanently resident as a tax-payer (that is - principal residence for the

purpose of taxation) in an EU Member State for three of the five years prior to entry. Any period

of residence as a student, or as holder of a student visa, is not included in the assessment of

years of residence.


  • The Institute may request you to provide a letter from your secondary school confirming attendance here for a minimum of three of the five years prior to entry, or other proof of residence as required.

  • For students aged under 23 on 1st September of year of entry, the following is required:

    • Original P21 tax certificates and/or Social Welfare documentation for parent(s) of student must be submitted for three of the previous five years

    • Parent(s) work permit

  • For students aged 23 or over on 1st September of year of entry, the following is required:

    • Original P21 tax certificates and/or Social Welfare documentation for student must be submitted for at three of the last five years. Any period of residence as a student, or as holder of a student visa, is not included in the assessment of years of residence.

  • Garda National Immigration Bureau Card (GNIB Card)

The Free Fees scheme does NOT apply to:

 

(As per Higher Education Authority, September 2010)

  • Asylum seekers, whose applications for refugee status are in the course of being processed, are not eligible to benefit under the terms of the free fees scheme.

  • The non-EU spouse of an Irish citizen

  • The non-EU spouse of EU migrant workers

  • The non-EU parent of an Irish born citizen child

Please note:

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 31st December 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 January may be entitled to free tuition fees from the commencement of the next academic year.

  • Students must have been resident in an EU member state for three of the last five years prior to entry {(Level 8 programmes only) – not for MLT/HTBS (Level 6 & Level 7 programmes)}

  • A certificate of Registration with Stamp 4 does not necessarily exempt you from the payment of tuition fees

  • Other criteria apply, e.g. no previous 3rd level attendance within the EU (For further information please refer to:  www.studentfinance.ie

Non-EU fees

Any student who does not meet the conditions at (Free Fees) or (EU Fees) above will be liable for Non-EU fees regardless of nationality or citizenship. Students classified for fee purposes as Non-EU will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission for the full duration of a student’s chosen programme.

Students must produce official evidence of nationality and residency.

EU Fee Assessment - Documentation Required

Documentation supporting application for the determination of ‘EU’ or 'Free' fees will be required in all cases. As proof of nationality a student must present one of the following:

  • An original passport

  • An original birth certificate

  • An original letter from the Department of Justice granting Refugee Status in Ireland

  • An original letter from the Department of Justice confirming Family Reunification

  • An original letter from the Department of Justice confirming EU Treaty Rights

  • An original letter from the Department of Justice confirming leave to remain in the state under Humanitarian Grounds

If you do not qualify under the Free Fees Initiative, you may be eligible for a EU Fee Rate. Please use this online self-assessment tool as a guide to your Fees.

On-line Self Assessment Facility  

Detailed information about assistance with tuition fees is available on  http://www.studentfinance.ie

If you are in any doubt as to your eligibility for free fees contact:

The Higher Education Authority

T: 01 2317100

Web: http://www.hea.ie 

Waterford Institute of Technology Staff:

Lorraine Quirke: 051 845692

Email: [email protected]