Fees, Funding & Scholarship

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.

Funding your studies

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

Fees scholarship scheme

If you are unemployed and actively seeking work you can apply for a generous 30% reduction in your course fees. You will need to be in receipt of a specified payment from the Department of Social Protection. See below for further details.

Employer sponsorship

Your employer may sponsor you if the course of study has direct relevance to your workplace.


You may 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 www.revenue.ie

Springboard approved courses

There are a number of courses available at NUI Galway each year which are sponsored by the HEA Springboard initiative and provide free fees for eligible students. 

If you are eligible for Springboard funding you need to apply directly to www.springboardcourses.ie

Fees Scholarship Scheme

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 programme. 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 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form. This form can be emailed or posted to the course coordinator 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 coordinators.

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 coordinator for information on withdrawing from your course or appealing fees paid.