Fees & Funding

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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.

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 www.wit.ie/partime 
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.

Instalment Plan Facility

If students have difficulty in paying  the full fees on application,  they may wish to avail of the instalment facility (available  to undergraduate students only). When students register, they must agree and accept the terms and conditions.  If students fail to meet these terms and conditions WIT reserves the right to withhold  certain student facilities and privileges. Please see the Student Information section of the wit.ie/parttime website for more information. 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%  is due on or before 06th January 2020

Bursary for Applicants in Receipt of Social Welfare Payments

We encourage those in receipt of Social Welfare benefits to apply as part time students to WIT. Applicants in receipt of these payments may apply for a bursary rate (circa 25% discount) for many part-time undergraduate courses. If your partner is claiming one of the above payments on your behalf you may also be eligible to claim the bursary. Proof of joint benefit payment is required. Please see the individual  courses pages for more information.

Please provide  evidence of your eligibility along with your application for the course. This can take the form of an electronic copy of your most recent payment receipt or a letter from the DSP (if you don’t have an electronic copy then take a picture of the document with your phone).  This scheme will be subject to review at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year and does not apply to any of our part-time postgraduate programmes.

Fees Paid by Employer / Sponsor

Where your fees are being paid by your employer or a sponsor 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: www.wit.ie/parttime

complete the online application form including full details for your employer / sponsor [name, contact details etc. as set out in the online form].

Your employer/sponsor will be invoiced by WIT and your application will be finalised when payment has been received. In this instance the payment will go against the sponsor organisation & the receipt will be sent to them. Students should be aware that 1) their name and/or student ID may be on the receipt issued to the sponsor; 2) the student is not entitled to receive a copy of the sponsors receipt and 3) if the sponsor organisation defaults on payment the student remains liable for the fees.

Please supply a valid email address - all correspondence regarding your application, start date of your course etc. will be made by email. It is your responsibility to check your nominated email inbox regularly.

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 apply in person at the Part Time student Help Desk on the main Cork Road campus. You may pay your fees by cheque, postal order or bank draft (made payable to Waterford Institute of Technology)  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 see above Fees and Funding section. 

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.