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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
Research & Innovation
Research & Innovation
NUI Galway’s vibrant research community take on some of the most pressing challenges of our times.
- Business & Industry
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
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UK students, who meet the eligibility criteria for the Free Fees initiative, registering in 2021 will have the tuition element of their fees paid for the duration of their course.
All full time undergraduate programmes contain three elements (1) tuition; (2) student contribution charge; and (3) student levy. All full time postgraduate programmes contain two elements (1) tuition and (2) student levy.
The tuition fee is the payment made for a course of instruction at NUI Galway.
You are eligible for free tuition if:
* You (the student) is attending a full time undergraduate course and
* The course is a minimum of two years duration and
* You have never been to third level before September 2021 either in Ireland or the EU.
* You also must be:
^ An Irish national who has lived here for 3 of the last 5 years or
^ Is a national of an EU member state who has lived in the EU for 3 of the last 5 years or
^ Has official Irish Refugee status who has lived in the EU for 3 of the last 5 years.
The student contribution charge (SCC) is €3,000 in 2021/22. It covers costs associated with student services, examinations, admissions, registration, fees administration and student records.
It is payable by all students. However, if you are eligible for a means tested SUSI grant this may cover 100% of this SCC. If you are 100% eligible SUSI will pay the SCC of €3,000 (in 2021/22) on your behalf. If you are partially eligible (i.e. 33%, 50%, 66% etc) you will be liable for the remaining balance prior to 30/11/2021 or 28/02/2022. You will be required to input your SUSI application number W2122******** on registration. If you are not eligible for a grant you are liable for this payment in 2021/22.
All full time undergraduate programmes contain three elements (1) tuition; (2) student contribution charge; and (3) student levy.
The student levy (€140 in 2021/22) is payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI or any other funding body. The levy is allocated to the following activities: sports clubs, societies, Students Union, student health unit, Flirt FM, Áras na Mac Léinn and the Student Project Fund.
It is strongly recommended that you pay this levy on registration in September 2021.
SUSI will not pay the student levy of €140. The levy can be paid securely online here.
Please see our Registration website for full details.
Contact Student Universal Support Ireland SUSI.
You can apply NOW for the September 2021 academic year.
The Department of Education and Skills requested the HEA to remind the higher education institutions under its remit of the position regarding the eligibility of students, who receive a Leaving Certificate upgrade, to avail of the Free Fees Scheme.
The current position is that where a student receives an upgrade of their Leaving Certificate results, they can immediately change, where possible, to their higher course choice. However, there have been cases where this has not been possible and students have been allowed to continue on their lower course choice and transfer to year 1 of their higher course choice the following year. This has resulted in requests for clarification as to the circumstances under which such students can qualify for free fees under the Free Fees initiative, which generally prohibits free fees where a student repeats year 1.
The position is that free fees are allowable where a student repeats year 1 in the following circumstances:
(a) In their “repeat year” the student must commence the course of study in the chosen institution which they had originally applied for on their CAO application but where they did not receive sufficient points from their initial Leaving Certificate results. The Institution must obtain written confirmation of this (from the CAO) and
(b) The student cannot be accommodated by the institution on their higher choice of study in year 1 as all places have been filled and they are granted a deferral so that they can commence on their higher choice of study the following year. Or
(c) The institution has a place for the student on their higher course of study but due to commencement of the course in September, together with intensive course content, the Institution confirms that it would be unfeasible for the student to make up the study time lost and a deferral is granted for one year.
If following a Leaving Certificate recheck and upgrade, an Institution can accommodate a student on their higher choice of study (and (c) above does not apply) but the student seeks to defer this option, the student must be advised by the institution that he/she will not be eligible for free fees for year 1 of their higher choice should they take up their higher choice of course the following year.
If you have overpaid your fees you should email email@example.com and quote your student ID number. If you are entitled to a refund we can organise one for you as follows:
If you paid by credit / debit card we will refund the card directly - this takes 3 to 5 working days to be credited back to the card.
If you paid by bank giro we will issue a refund cheque to you - this takes up to 10 working days.
Please see our fee refund policies:
(1) Fee refund policy and
(2) QA307 Student Fee Liability Student fee liability and sanctions for late or non-payment of fees.
Please see Student Fee Liability and Sanctions for Late or Non-Payment of Fees policy document.
Fees are payable on registration. However, if you choose the "pay later" option while registering online please familiarise yourself with the payment date deadlines:
The student levy of €140 is payable in full by 30/11/10/21.
The student contribiton charge of €3,000 is payable in full by 30/11/2021 or can be paid in two equal instalments €1,500 by 30/11/2021 and €1,500 by 28/02/2022.
The tuition element (if not covered by free tuition fees) is payable in full by 30/11/2021 or can be paid in two equal instalments 50% by 31/10/21 and 50% by 28/02/2022.
If you are eligible for free fees but not a grant you pay €3,140 on registration or €1,640 on registration or by 30/11/2021 and €1,500 by 28/02/2022.
Fees are payable on registration. However, if you choose the "pay later" option while registering online please familiarise yourself with the payment date deadlines: The student levy of €140 is payable in full by 30/11/2021. The tuition element is payable in full by 30/11/2021 or can be paid in two equal instalments 50% by 30/11/2021 and 50% by 28/02/2022.
A late payment penalty of €200 will be applied to all unpaid student records after 30/11/2021.
A second late payment penalty of €200 will be applied to all unpaid student records after 28/02/2022.
Exam results will be held if student records have an outstanding fee balance.
Progression to the next year of study will not be permitted.
Conferring will not take place.
Access to transcripts will be blocked.
To find out the full course fee of your programme of study go to the NUI Galway homepage.
In the search engine on the right hand side of your screen type in the CAO or NUI Postgraduate Instance code. Press return and the details of that programme will appear as a link on your screen. Click on the link and the full course fee will appear on the right hand side of your screen.
The EU repeat fee in 2021/22 is €1,856. The NON EU repeat fee in 2021/22 is €4,616. This covers the student levy and registration charges.
It can be paid in full at registration or in two equal instalments, 50% on registration and 50% by 28/02/2022.
The exam fee liability €295. You can pay this here.
- Click on pay your fees – Access to online system
- Key in your Username (which is your student ID number)
- Key in your CASS account Password
- Click on sign in
- Click on pay fees
- The Amount Due may show as 0 (if you have no outstanding fees)
- Click on Payment “Pay” icon
- Go to the Online Payment section and key in your debit / credit cards via our secure link
- Key in Amount to pay (€) as €295
- Click on Pay Now