Many undergraduate students attending publicly funded third-level courses do not have to pay tuition fees. Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Department of Education and Skills pays the fees to the colleges instead.
However, even if students are eligible for the free fees initiative, they may still be liable for the following:
A separate annual charge is payable to the Institute for the costs of student services and examinations – see ‘Student contribution’. Budget 2012, which was announced in December 2011, increases the student contribution by €250 per year with effect from 2012/13.The student contribution fee for tha academic year 2014/15 is €2750
SETU Waterford Student Card fee: This is a €15 charged to all first year students for the issue of a student card. This card is required for access to student facilities.