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Fee Payments Categories

The designation of a candidate as EU or Non-EU determines the fee levels to which students will be liable.  The criteria for fee assessments are regulated by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and all Universities in Ireland are required to implement these regulations.  The University has 3 rates of fees. Please review all the categories in both the Free Fees Scheme document and also view out Fee Assessment Form which covers all possible options in order to be correctly assessed. An EU/EEA/Swiss passport or EU/EEA/Swiss citizenship does not grant automatic entitlement to EU fees. EU fee rates apply only to applicants that meet all of the regulations in the Free Fee Scheme.

Notice to registered students in DCU regarding the change of Fee status as announced by the Higher Education Authority on 1st of August 2013.

Entitlement to free fees for non-EEA nationals who acquire EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies with effect from the next academic year, 2013/14, a ‘Change of Nationality’ clause will form part of the Free Fees Schemes.   As is currently the case students, who do not meet the nationality criteria of the schemes, will continue to be ineligible for free fees, however if such students subsequently acquire EEA citizenship during their third level studies they may be entitled to free tuition fees for the remainder of their course of study as follows:

  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 30th of September in an academic year may be entitled to free tuition fees for the academic year.  
  • Students who acquire EEA citizenship up to 31st  January 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 February may be entitled to free tuition fees from the commencement of the next academic year.    

In order to be eligible under this ‘Change of Nationality’ clause students must have met all other criterion of the Free Fees Schemes, including nationality, at date of entry to their course of study.

Please note: Non Eu applicants whose parents have been naturalised do not qualify as an EU National until the applicant themselves has been issued with a naturalisation certificate.

EU National

EU Fee Status

Non EU Fee

A candidate may qualify for EU National rate of fees if they are a national 1 of an EU/EEA member state and meet the full conditions as stated in the Free Fee Scheme document.

For further information regarding please view Student Finance.ie

Please note:  An applicant entering DCU seeking to qualify for the EU National Rate of fees must hold an EU passport (or meet special criteria).

 

CHILDREN OF IRISH EMIGRANTS AND OTHER QUALIFYING EUROPEAN CITIZENS

Following the Minister for Education’s announcement on Friday, 14 March 2014 regarding changes to how third level fees for the children of Irish emigrants will be assessed, the current position is as follows:

  • The planned changes apply to new undergraduate entrants from the 2014/15 academic session onwards.
  • This does not affect the rules governing entitlement to free fees for undergraduate study. The planned changes relate to students being eligible for the EU fee rate rather than the Non-EU fee for their programme.  
  • Documentary evidence of completion of at least five academic years of study in the Ireland (at either primary or post-primary) will be required by the University. e.g. confirmation/certification from the schools attended.

We will continue to update this web page as further guidance is provided by the HEA and Department of Education

State Officials Posted Abroad On Diplomatic Or Consular Missions Whose Family Reside With Them On Such Missions

Minor and dependent adult children who are in full time post-primary education, the spouse/the civil partner of Irish State Officials, and comparable EU/EEA/Swiss State officials, who reside with that State official while posted outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland on diplomatic or consular missions, shall be deemed to be resident in their home EU/EEA/Swiss State for the purposes of the residency clause of the Free Fees Initiative.

 

Fee Status Assessment

Non EU/EEA passport holders or applicants born outside an EU member state will be required to be assessed for fees in order to determine their fee status.  Non EU Passport holders will not qualify for the EU National rate of fees (Free Fee Scheme), unless Official Irish Refugee Status has been granted ( the appropriate original letter from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform indicating that the appropriate status has been granted).  

The criteria for fee assessments are regulated by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and all Universities in Ireland are required to implement these regulations. 

A candidate may qualify for EU Fee Status rate of fees if they meet the criteria below:

  1. they have been in full-time employment in an EU/EEA member state for three of the last five years prior to the commencement of the first year of the course. This applies to candidates over the age of 23 .2

  2. they have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme and their parents have been in full - time employment in an EU/EEA member state for three of the five years prior to the commencement of the programme. This applies to candidates under the age of 23 

All candidates are expected to produce original documentation and evidence of their nationality when they come to register at DCU for the first time. Copies of this documentation should be submitted with your application if available:

  • Copy of their Passport
  • Copy of their GNIB registration card to cover the period of 3 of last 5 years
  • Evidence of Tax Residence / Full-Time Employment:
  • 3 x P21 forms and
  • Work permit for 3 years, valid for the years of full employment and
  • Contact details of employer(s) where full-time work was engaged in for 3 of the last 5 years
  • Candidates under the age of 23 must provide proof of residence with a letter from their school confirming their attendance for 3 of the last 5 years.

Please note:  Applicants who entered Europe for the purpose of study and are on a Stamp 2 / Study Visa are not permitted to be assessed for fees, unless they qualify under section 4 of the Fee Assessment Form, see below.

Please note: Non Eu applicants whose parents have been naturalised do not qualify as an EU National until the applicant themselves has been issued with a naturalisation certificate.

DCU Fee Assessment Quick Guide (click here)

Free Fees Scheme (Click here)

Dublin City University Fee Assessment Form (click here)

  • Fee Assessments are completed in Dublin City University by the Fee Status Assessment Committee.  We regret that is not possible to complete an assessment by phone or general email correspondence (full applications must be submitted by email). 
  • Applicants must have a Full Offer from Dublin City University prior to the assessment to determine the fee status.
  • Applicants must gather photocopies of original documentation (as specified in the form) to support their application and email or post to the Fee Assessment Applications, C/O The Post Room, Henry Grattan Building, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (please note:  applicants may be requested to provide certified hard copies of their applications at a later stage) or email feestatus.assessment@dcu.ie

C/O The Post Room,
Henry Grattan Building,
Dublin City University,
Glasnevin,
Dublin 9.

How and when to pay your fees

Footnotes

1 A person is deemed to be a `national' of an EU/EEA member state where they have: Passport or National ID Card from an EU/EEA member state or an Official Letter confirming Refugee Status in Ireland
2Before 1 st January in the year prior to commencement of programme.
3Before 1 st January in the year prior to commencement of programme.

Students must qualify for under the EU National rate of fees to be eligible for the subsidised rate for ESF-funded programmes

EEA/Swiss nationals, who have residency in an EEA country or Switzerland for the requisite period, are regarded as having met the residency requirement of the Free Fees Initiative. Similarly EU nationals resident in EEA/Swiss States for the requisite period are also regarded as having met the residency requirement of the Free Fees Initiative.