FAQs for returning undergraduates
How do I register?
Please see our Registration website for full details. Registration is open from 22nd August 2013. However, if you were doing Autumn exam repeats you will not be able to register until mid September 2013.
Please note if you have fees owing from 2012 (or prior years) you will not be able to register until you have paid all oustanding fees. Once outstanding fees have been paid please allow 24 hrs before attempting to register again.
How do I pay my fees?
Fees can be paid securely online.
Fees can also be paid using our unique bank giro. To request a bank giro please log into your student portal using your student ID number and pin and click on (1) pay fees and then (2) giro request "go". A bank giro will be forwarded to your home address within five working days.
How much is the repeat fee?
The fee to repeat the 2013/14 academic year is €1,824. Please see associated course fees for further details.
I was repeating in 2012/13 and am now progressing. I am being asked to pay full fees while registering online. What do I do?
If you are eligible for free tuition fees and a grant this infomration may not be on your student record. Email the Fees Office and they will put the relevant funding on your record and you can then pay your student levy and / or the student contribution charge.
How do I apply for a grant?
Contact Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you were on a grant for your FIRST YEAR in 2012/13 we will assume that you will be entitled to a grant for your SECOND YEAR. If this is not the case please email the Fees Office immediately. If you were a repeat student in 2012/13 and are now progressing please email the Fees Office immediately and advise them of your grant eligibility status.
How do I find out if I am eligible for free tuition fees?
If you were eligible in your FIRST YEAR and are progressing to SECOND YEAR then your eligibility will continue.
If you were not eligible in your FIRST YEAR because of previous studies for one year and are now progressing to SECOND YEAR they you may be eligible. Please email the Fees Office immediately with your details.
If in doubt check out the full details for eligibility by reading the free tuition fee guidelines
How do I get my fees refunded?
The University accepts no obligation to refund fees once a student has registered. However, if you de-register from your course officially by completing the official course withdrawal form before 30/09/13 you may be entitled to a refund. Please email Fees for further information.
If you paid by credit card / laser card this refund will take up to 4 working days. If you paid by bank giro this refund will take up to 10 working days.
When can I pay my fees?
Fees can be paid in two equal instalments: the first instalment of 50% is due immediately. Fees outstanding at the 31st October 2013 will incur an additional financial penalty of €200.
What is the full fee?
Undergraduate programme fees are made up of three components:
(1) tuition – varies for each course. See consult our list of Undergraduate Programmes. This is payable unless you are eligible for free tuition fees or are on a grant.
(2) student contribution charge of €2,500. This is payable unless you have a grant.
(3) student levy – payable by all students is €224. This is not covered by a grant.
You pay €224 even if you are on a grant and eligible for free tuition fees.
You pay €2,724 if you are NOT on a grant but are eligible for free tuition fees.
You pay the full course fee if you are not eligible for a grant or free tuition fees.
What is the tuition fee?
The tuition fee is the payment made for course instruction at NUI Galway. This is payable unless you are eligible for free tuition fees or are on a grant.
What is the student contribution charge?
The student contribution charge is €2,500. It contributes towards the cost of: student services, examinations, admissions, registration, fees administration and student records.
If you are eligible for a SUSI grant then SUSI will cover this charge. However, you must show us written evidence of this SUSI award by 31st October 2013.
What is the student levy?
The levy is €224. All students must pay this as the grant will not cover this levy.
The levy is allocated to the following activities:
· Sports Clubs
· Students Union
· Student Health Unit
· Flirt FM
· Áras na Mac Léinn
· Student Project Fund
How much do I pay if I am entitled to a grant?
Assuming you are eligible for 'free tuition fees' you pay €224 online. You must bring your letter of grant award to the Fees Office by 31st October 2013.
Assuming you are eligible for 'free tuition fees' but not eligible for a grant you pay €2,724.
Does a medical card entitle me to any reduction in fees?
No. However you may be entitled to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) funding.
What happens if I have paid by bank giro?
Keep your receipt in a safe place as you may be required to present it to Fees Office staff during the academic year.
What happens if I have paid by Laser/credit card?
This payment will be automatically transferred to your student record - a receipt is not necessary. You should check your own financial history by accessing your student portal and the payment should be visible.
What happens if I do not pay on time?
Fees are due immediately.
You will be charged a late payment penalty of €200 if you have not paid half of your fee by 31st October 2013.
You will be charged another €200 if you have not paid the remainder of the fee by 31st January 2014.
You will not be given your exam results.
You will not be allowed to progress to the next year of study.
You will not be conferred.
Access to transcripts etc. will be blocked.
Do I need to prove that I have the grant?
Yes. Unless you prove that you are entitled to a grant then you are liable for the full fee payment. You must bring your letter of grant award to the Fees Office by 31st October 2013.
I wish to defer my course on medical grounds. What do I do?
For free tuition fees:
Submit your medical evidence and covering letter to the Fees Office indicating that you wish to repeat on medical grounds as a “free tuition fee” student. You must supply detailed medical certificates that must include referrals to a consultant or consultants and/or hospitalisation, obtained at the time of the illness. It should be clear from such documentation that you were actively prevented from attending or participating in your academic course for a significant period. Students who become ill after lectures (tuition) for the academic year are completed are not entitled to apply for "free tuition fees" on medical grounds.
If the Department of Education agrees to fund you for a repeat year, you will nevertheless be liable for the student levy and the student contribution charge for your repeat year. If free tuition fees are granted, this applies only where a student is returning to the same college and the same programme. If you attend a different programme at NUI Galway or a course at another third level institution, you will be liable for half or full tuition fees based on the original period of attendance.
For the student contribution charge - SCC - (€2,500 in 2013/14):
If you are funded by a County Council / VEC Grant or by SUSI you need to check directly with them to see if they will fund you for a repeat year on medical grounds. If they will not fund the SCC you will be liable for this charge.
For the student levy - (€224 in 2013/14):
This is payable for each year you are registered.
I am deferring the academic year. How will this affect my 'free tuition fees' status?
If you do not register for an academic year the Fees Office will not claim free tuition fees on your behalf and so you will be entitled to avail of the Free Tuition Fees when you resume studying. Please ensure you discuss your options with the relevant College Office.
I have registered but am taking a leave of absence. How will this affect my 'free tuition fee' status?
If you take your official leave of absence prior to 31/01/2014 you would be eligible for 50% free tuition fees plus student contribution charge and student levy on your return in September 2014, assuming that free tuition fees are available.
If you take your official leave of absence after 01/02/2014 you would be liable for 100% tuition plus student contribution and student levy on your return in September 2013, assuming that free tution fees are available.
I am unhappy with my undergraduate course at NUI Galway. What are the fee implications if I reapply to the CAO for another college place in September?
If you withdraw officially with our Student Contact Centre before 30th September 2013 there is no fee impact.
If you withdraw officially with our Student Contact Centre by completing a course withdrawl form after 30th September 2013 but before 31st January 2014 you will have to pay 50% of the tuition fee should you return to 3rd level studies in September 2014.
If you withdraw officially with our Student Contact Centre after 1st February 2014 you will be ineligible for free tuition fees if you return to 3rd level studies in September 2014 and so will be obliged to pay the full tuition fee when you start a new course.
I spent one year in England at University in 2012/13 (or in the past five years). I received a CAO offer for an undergraduate degree at NUI Galway. How much do I have to pay?
You are liable for full course fees.
I spent one year in a third level institution but left in March 2013. I received a CAO offer for an undergraduate degree at NUI Galway. How much do I have to pay?
You are liable for full course fees.
I spent 4 months in a third level institution but left in December. I received a CAO offer for an undergraduate degree at NUI Galway. How much do I have to pay?
You will be liable for 50% of the tuition fee + student contribution charge of €2,500 + student levy €224.
I have an Arts Degree but am returning to NUI Galway to study Science. How much do I have to pay?
As a degree holder you are liable for the full fee each year €7,492 in 2013/14.
Questions on Autumn exam fee of €195 - answered here?
You can pay online here.
Why was a repeat exam fee applied to me?
If you are attending the Repeat Examinations, or are repeating any form of assessment / assignment / coursework, you are liable to pay the repeat examination fee of €195.
How can I pay the Repeat exam Fee?
To pay the Repeat Exam fee of €195 securely on line, please click here.
Alternatively if you wish to pay by bank giro (in any Republic of Ireland bank), please e-mail your giro request to Fees Office.
Please include your Name and Student ID number on the e-mail. The Fees Office will then post you out a bank giro to facilitate payment.
Why was I charged the repeat exam fee when I have a deferral?
If your results included a Deferral for a module, then the repeat exam fee would not be applied. Please consult with your College Office to determine if your deferral application was approved.
Why was I charged the repeat exam fee when my result changed from a Fail to a Pass?
If your results were updated e.g. following a successful appeal, and you no longer have to repeat any form of assessment/assignment/coursework, then the repeat exam fee will be removed from your record.
What if I can’t afford to pay the repeat exam fee?
You can attend the repeat exams, however, you will not be allowed to register for next year if the repeat fee is not paid. Please note that your exam results will not be available if there are any outstanding fees.
Students who are due to repeat and who are in financial hardship should contact our Students Services Office and apply online for financial assistance.
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