educationFees & Funding

Fees & Funding

What are the Fees for each Course?

The current model of funding part-time higher education in Ireland is for students to self-fund their courses - i.e. the Student Grant or BTEA / Back to Education Allowance schemes do not currently fund part-time courses.

Each WIT part-time course has a course description webpage which sets out the fee for that course. The course fees are also set out in the WIT Part-time Prospectus.

Students need to pay the annual course fees in order to complete an application for a course, however, please note that:

  • for full major awards from Level 6 upwards students can opt to pay just 50% of that year's course fee on application

  • there are several assistance schemes set out below 

How to Pay?

Undergraduate students typically apply by clicking the ‘Apply’ button on the course webpage for the course you are interested in – please see links to the course pages at
parttime. Complete the online application form and pay online using a credit/debit card.

Please note that we can only accept card payment - no cash payments can be accepted.

Please note that where a sponsor/company/third party are paying your fees, the WIT Fees Office will invoice the sponsor directly. Students will remain temporarily registered at WIT until their fees are paid in full.

Any payments made by a sponsor will be receipted directly to the sponsor. Students should be aware that the receipt/invoice may contain some of their personal information ( name, student number, Course title).

Please see detailed instructions on the How to Apply page.

50:50 Instalment Plan

If students have difficulty in paying the full fees on application they may wish to avail of the 50:50 instalment plan facility - this is available to undergraduate third level students only (full major awards).

Under the instalment plan:

  • 50% of the annual fee is due on application - i.e. 50% has to be paid before an application will be processed

  • the remaining 50% instalment is due before Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Terms and conditions will apply and WIT reserves the right to withhold certain student facilities and privileges where T&Cs are breached. 

WIT Bursary for the Unemployed and One Parent Families

WIT encourages those in receipt of Social Welfare benefits (including Jobseeker's Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit, One Parent Family, Disability Allowance, Carers Allowance etc.) to apply as part time students to WIT in order to improve their employment prospects.

WIT offers a bursary to all applicants (circa 25% of the cost of the course) in receipt of any of these welfare payments at the time of application. A bursary price is set out in the course description for the majority of undergraduate part time courses. Students are required to provide evidence of eligibility - a signed declaration with PPS number - which is then verified by the Department of Social Protection. 

Please see the reduced fees listed by programme in the current prospectus under the heading 'Cost, if eligible for bursary scheme'. This scheme will be subject to review at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year and does not apply to any of our part-time postgraduate programmes or health science programmes.

Tax Relief

People pursuing level 6-8 courses may be eligible for Tax Relief on their fees if paying from their own income. Registered employers may also be eligible to claim relief on course fees paid for employees. Please see more information on the revenue Tax Relief for Tuition Fees in Respect to Third Level education / Form IT31 webpages or contact your local Revenue Office.

More Information

The Citizens Information website has comprehensive explanation of the various Back to Education schemes currently available in Ireland.

To pay any outstanding fees please click on the link below



If you don’t have access to a credit or debit card then plase send in your payment by cheque, postal order or bank draft (made payable to Waterford Institute of Technology) to the School of Lifelong Learning and Education office within ten working days of your online application. Your application will be processed on receipt of your payment.

Please note that WIT cannot accept cash payments. Where employers are funding your fees please seek payment or reimbursements from your employer as WIT cannot offer invoicing facilities.

Deregistration and Refund of Part-time Fees

Part-time courses go ahead subject to sufficient enrolments and viability. If a course is undersubscribed, we will let students know at the earliest opportunity, make every effort to offer students an alternative course or we will refund students the full tuition fee via bank transfer or directly back to your credit card.

Where a student finds themselves in a position where they no longer wish to or are in a position to continue on their course they need to de-register from the Institute. Deregistering means that a student officially notifies the Institute that s/he is leaving their programme. Students remain liable for fees up to the date they officially withdraw from the Institute.

In order to de-register from the Institute there is a Deregistration form which a student must complete which is available from the Part-time Student Helpdesk. Click on the Deregistration and Deferral tab above for information on how to Deregister.

WIT Part-time Fees Refund Policy

  • A 100% refund of fees paid will be made if requested in writing before the course begins

  • All courses run subject to sufficient numbers. Where a course does not run students will be entitled to a 100% refund of fees paid

  • Students who have paid fees for 12 weeks or less must request a refund in writing before the end of their first week attending the course in order to be eligible for a refund of fees paid minus an administration charge of 25%. No refunds will be paid thereafter

  • Students who have paid fees for more than 12 weeks must request a refund in writing before the end of their 8th week, 31st October, in order to be eligible for a refund of fees paid minus an administration charge of 25%. No refunds will be paid thereafter

  • Requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Part-time Student Helpdesk at [email protected]

  • Refunds may only be made following submission of a completed Refund Form available here or from the Part-time Student Helpdesk

  • Refunds are processed in line with WIT's finance policy.

Please Note that if you have registered for a course and cannot attend classes you will need to:

  1. contact the School of Lifelong Learning and Education Office, at least one week before the course start date, stating your intention to withdraw,

  2. request a refund form - click here to download the refund form - 25% of the fee will be deducted for administration costs.



Deferral means that a student applies to defer or postpone his/her programme or an element of it. Ordinarily students are liable for fees, however, where there are mitigating circumstances fees may be carried over.

Mitigating circumstances include:

Serious medical condition or injury;

Bereavement of close family members such as parents or siblings or guardians;

A traumatic experience which could include but is not limited to: 
a) Personal involvement in or witnessing of a serious accident or crime
b) A serious crime committed against the person.

In order to apply for such deferrals student must complete the relevant applications forms within the prescribed time period and supply the required evidence.

Please see the deferral pages for more information.