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 SETU Waterford part-time course has a course description webpage which sets out the fee for that course.
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.
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 SETU Waterford reserves the right to withhold certain student facilities and privileges. 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.
We encourage those in receipt of Social Welfare benefits to apply as part time students to SETU. 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 academic year and does not apply to any of our part-time postgraduate programmes.
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 SETU Waterford 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.
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.
Your application will be processed on receipt of your payment.
Please note that SETU Waterford cannot accept cash payments. Where employers are funding your fees please see above Fees and Funding section.
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.
10% fee is non refundable once the course has commenced
Refunds may only be made following submission of a completed Refund Form available from the Part-time Student Helpdesk
Refunds are processed in line with the SETU finance policy.
Please Note that if you have registered for a course and cannot attend classes you will need to:
Contact the School of Education and Lifelong Learning Office, at least one week before the course start date, stating your intention to withdraw,
Request a refund form - A % of the fee will be deducted for administration costs See 'Payments & Refunds' tab above for details.
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, students must complete the relevant applications forms within the prescribed time period and supply the required evidence.