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Full-time Undergraduate Student Fees and Grant Info


To download the CIT Student Regulations Fees 2015 - 2016, please click here


Student Fees comprise of three elements:

  • Student Contribution Charge
  • Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
  • Tuition Fees

Student Contribution Charge

The Student Contribution Charge for the academic year 2015/16 is €3,000. This is an annual charge which is set by the Government for all full-time third level students.

Students can apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for a grant which, if approved, may cover 100% of the Student Contribution Charge. For information on Grants please click here.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy

The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This Levy is not covered by a SUSI grant and must be paid before the start of Semester 1 (14th September, 2015).

EU Tuition Fees

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 Government will pay these fees to the colleges instead.

Students undertaking a second undergraduate course, non-EU students, students studying by ACCS mode and students taking a year of a course for a second time (i.e. repeating a year/level) may be liable for tuition fees.

The following are the tuition fees for 2015/16

Programme Annual EU Tuition Fee Rate
Higher Certificate (Level 6) € 250
Ordinary Degree (Level 7) € 250
Honours Degree (Level 8) €819
Honours Degree - Architecture or Engineering (Level 8) €1,450

In order to qualify for free tuition fees you must have been living in an EU/ EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course.

EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who have not been resident in the EU/EEA/Switzerland in recent years but have completed at least five academic years of study in the EU/EEA/Switzerland (at either primary or post-primary) will qualify for the EU rate of fees. This amendment is applicable to new entrant undergraduate students with effect from the 2014/15 academic year.

You must also fulfill one of the following 6 criteria as regards citizenship and rights of residence in Ireland:

  1. Be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state (see above) or Switzerland or
  2. Have official refugee status or
  3. Be a family member of a refugee and have been granted permission to live in the State or
  4. Be a family member of an EU national and have permission to live in the State, with a stamp “4EUFAM” on your residence card or
  5. Have been granted humanitarian leave to remain in the State or
  6. Have been granted permission to remain in the State by the Minister for Justice and Equality, following a determination by the Minister not to make a deportation order under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999.

You must also fulfil all of the following 3 course requirements:

  1. You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 years' duration.
  2. You must be a first-time full-time undergraduate. (However, prior undergraduate qualifications may be taken into consideration where exemptions are provided to a student pursuing a higher undergraduate qualification, to a maximum of Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
  3. In general, you must not be repeating the year because of failing your exams or changing course. This exclusion may be waived if you repeat a year due to certified serious illness. There are also some exceptions for students in Institutes of Technology who are switching courses.

Non-EU Fees

Any student who does not meet the conditions of Free Fees or EU Fees will be liable for Non-EU Fees, regardless of nationality or citizenship. Students classified for fee purposes as Non-EU will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission.

Annual CIT Non-EU Fees 2014-2015


Fees 2014/15

Higher Certificate (Level 6) €  9,250
Ordinary Bachelor Degree (Level 7) €10,250
Honours Degree – All except Engineering (Level 8) €11,250
Honours Degree – Engineering  (Level 8) €12,250
Taught Masters  - All except Engineering (Level 9) €11,250
Taught Masters  - Engineering  (Level 9) €12,250
Research Masters  - All except Engineering (Level 9) €11,250
Research Masters – Engineering  (Level 9) €12,250
PhD (Level 10) €11,250

Payment of Fees

Students are notified of their fees by e-mail to their CIT student e-mail account, therefore it is important that students check their e-mail accounts regularly.

To make payments, students should logon to the online payments facility You will need your student ID number (R000XXXXX), Date of birth, and your Debit/Credit card details.

A receipt will be sent to your CIT e-mail account once the payment is made. You may also query your account balance from this link.

Your fee calculation is based on information currently available to us. Please note that this fee is subject to change.

Payment Options

Tuition Fee and Student Contribution:

Option 1:         Full Payment €3,007 & Tuition (if applicable) before the start of Semester 1 (14th September 2015)


Option 2:         First Instalment €1,507 & 50% Tuition (if applicable) before 14th September 2015
Instalments     Second Instalment €1,500 & 50% Tuition (if applicable) before 29th January 2016


Grant Applicants

Students who have applied for a grant should bring their grant application reference number to the Accounts Office in September and complete an instalment application form. You will be required to pay your fees in monthly instalments which are refundable should your grant application be successful.

Late Payment Penalties and Charges

  • Any outstanding Semester 1 fees will incur a 10% late payment fee after the due date.
  • Any outstanding Semester 2 fees will incur a 10% late payment fee after the due date.

Refunds of Fees paid

Full‐time Students

Students who officially withdraw from their course before 31st October (Semester 1) or before 29th February (Semester 2) will be refunded their semester fees less a 15% administrative charge.

NB: Students must complete an official Withdrawal Form and return it to the CIT Admissions office by 31st October (Semester 1) or 29th February (Semester 2) in order to be eligible for a refund.

Student Grants

The student grant is the main source of financial help available from the Irish State for students in full-time higher education courses. The grant may cover 100% of the Student Capitation Charge (€3,000 in 2015/16) as well as providing a monthly Maintenance grant which is paid directly into the student’s bank accounts. Please note that the grant does not cover the €7 USI Levy.

For eligible students, the grant is there to help with the various costs of participating in higher education. Students on part-time courses, access or foundation courses (in higher education institutions) and short courses are not eligible to apply for a student grant. 

Family and/or personal income is a key factor that will be assessed when you apply for a student grant but there are also some other conditions. can help you to assess whether you are eligible and guide you in starting the process.

If you think you are eligible for the student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible (online application for 2015-16 is now open). You do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enrol in college. Only when your application has been completed in full and submitted to the grant-awarding authority can your eligibility be determined.

All new grant applications should be made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Students can access the online system through,; or



The SUSI Support desk is the single contact point for all e-mail and telephone queries.

Once you submit your online application you will receive a SUSI reference number which you should bring to the Accounts Office in CIT once you start college in September. You will then be given the option of paying your fees in monthly instalments pending the outcome of your grant application. To download an installment application form click here .

If you are subsequently awarded a grant which covers 100% of the Student Contribution Charge then any payments you have made to date will be refunded by CIT.

Continuing Students - Grant Renewals 2015/16

Students who were in receipt of a grant in 2014/15 and are progressing to the next year of their course will have their grant record reapplied to their account for 2015/16. Therefore, you will only receive a fee notification e-mail in August/September for the €7 USI Levy.

Your grant awarding body (SUSI or your Local Authority) will notify the college directly if your grant has been renewed.

If your grant is not renewed by 31st October you will then become liable for the fees, €1,500 in Semester 1, and €1,500 before 29th January 2016.

CIT Student Fees and Grants Office Contact Details:

The CIT Student Fees and Grants Office is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building adjacent to to the Admissions Office, Bishopstown Campus.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 12.30pm & 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Tel: 00 353 21 4335440
Fax: 00 353 21 4335019