Course fees

You will find the course fee (EU and non-EU) listed on the individual course webpages. Tuition fees are payable for each year and are usually paid in a number of stages:

  • Stage 1: deposit on course acceptance (this is a non-refundable deposit which forms part of the course fee)
  • Stage 2: 50% of remaining fee paid prior to registration in September*
  • Stage 3: 50% of remaining fee paid by the end of January

*Non-EU students must pay 100% of the fee prior to registration.

Alternative payment plans may be put in place for students to pay course fees on a flexible basis. If you require this facility, you are advised to contact the course administrator to find out more about this payment option.

Fees refunds
Once you register for a course you are liable for the full fee regardless as to whether you complete/attend the course. It is important that you understand the nature of the course, its content and its various requirements before registering, as the University accepts no obligation to refund any fees or part thereof.  If you wish to appeal this decision, please contact your course administrator for information on withdrawing from your course or appealing fees paid.

Additional costs
Course fees generally cover tuition costs and all course materials. However, for certain courses, you may be required to purchase additional textbooks.

Funding your studies

You can seek financial support for your studies through a number of channels:


Your employer may sponsor you if the course of study has direct relevance to your workplace. You may also receive sponsorship from local community or development organisations.

Income Tax Relief

Tax relief is available at the standard rate for all courses that are 2 years or more in duration.  For specific details on this scheme, contact your local tax office or visit


Adult Learning Tuition Scholarship

This scheme is designed for students who are jobseekers or on reduced working hours, and wish to update their skills and knowledge by participating in a part-time, flexible course. Scholarships will constitute a 30% contribution towards course fees for first time entrants.

Do I qualify for the scheme?

You must be registered as unemployed and/or in-receipt of one of the following payments:

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • or signing for social insurance contribution credits

You must provide a statement from your local Department of Social Protection Office confirming receipt of the above payments. You are also advised to establish with your social protection advisor whether receipt of this scholarship would impact upon your entitlements under the Supplementary Welfare Allowances Scheme (i.e. rent or mortgage supplement or medical card etc).

Applications must be made on an annual basis and your eligibility for the scheme will be reviewed annually.

How can I apply?

You will need to download the 2019_20 Fees Scholarship Form. This form can be emailed or posted to the course administrator along with the required supporting documentation from the Department of Social Protection for review. The form contains a list of courses (where the scholarship is applicable) and a list of the relevant course administrators.

Springboard courses

Under this scheme a tuition discount of 90% is offered to students who are in employment and a 100% discount (fully-funded place), for unemployed students. This scheme applies only to specific courses in areas of high skills needs within the Irish economy. Springboard courses available for 2019 at NUI Galway can be found at:

1916 Scholarship Fund

This bursary scheme is offered on a regional basis and is aimed at students from under-represented socio-economic groups and communities; entrants with disabilities; first time mature entrants; members of the Irish Traveller community; students entering on the basis of a further education award; and part-time flexible learners. Find out more...

30% Club Scholarship - MSc Technology Management

The Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development at NUI Galway, in collaboration with the 30% Club, are delighted to announce that they are offering two 50% scholarships for the MSc in Technology Management. The scholarship aims to advance female leadership and executive representation in technology organisations. Find out more...

First Class Honours Scholarship - MSc Technology Management

The Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development at NUI Galway is offering a substantial scholarship for the MSc in Technology Management to those who have attained a first in their degree. The scholarship provides a generous fee reduction of €4,740 (30%) off the full course fee of €15,800. A maximum of three scholarships may be awarded in this category for the coming academic year.

To apply for the scholarship you first make an online application for the MSc in Technology Management. Then if you have first class honours (1.1) in a level 8 primary degree please email your Scholarship Statement (as per the First Class Honours Application Procedure) to with the subject ‘First Class Scholarship.’ The closing date for scholarship applications is 28th July 2019.
Further details on the MSc in Technology Management can be found here
You can apply online here

Next Level Skillnet funding

The following courses have been approved by Next Level Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 20% for students whose company is a member of the Next Level Skillnet Network.

There are also free places available for students who are unemployed and meet the required criteria by Next Level Skillnet. Please note that there are only a limited number of subsidies available for both employed and unemployed students. Please visit Next Level Skillnet for further information.

Uversity Scholarship

The Uversity Scholarship provides multi-annual financial support for first time bachelor’s degree entrants. Scholarships are not limited to particular subject areas and will enable recipients to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the participating institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Further details are available on
*Closing date for applications: Monday 29th April 2019