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What course fees will I have to pay?Please see the Fees Office WebsiteCan I pay my Fees in Installments?The University has introduced an option to pay fees and contributions in two equal installments. Please note that this option does not apply to International Students.  View More Info
I am unsure of the fee that I need to pay can you help?Please email fees@nuigalway.ie and quote your student ID number and fee situation and they will reply asap.
How much is the Student Levy?Please see the Fees Office WebsiteHow much is the Non Tuition Charge?Please see the Fees Office WebsiteI have just completed my Leaving Certificate and received a CAO offer of Arts at NUI Galway. I am on a grant – how much do I have to pay?Assuming you are eligible for ‘free fees’ and are on a SUSI grant you pay €224 through any bank using the NUI Galway bank giro. You must produce evidence of your grant at registration.I have just completed my Leaving Certificate and received a CAO offer of Arts at NUI Galway. I am not on a grant – how much do I have to pay?Please see the Fees Office WebsiteI spent one year in England at University. I received a CAO offer of Commerce at NUI Galway. How much do I have to pay?Please see the Study Abroad feesI spent one year in UCD/UCC/UL/TCD/Institute of Technology (All third level institutions) studying Arts but left in March 2011. I received a CAO offer of Commerce at NUI Galway. How much do I have to pay?Please see the Fees Office WebsiteI spent 4 months in UCD/UCC/UL/TCD/Institute of Technology (All third level institutions) studying Arts but left in December 2011. I received a CAO offer of Commerce at NUI Galway. How much do I have to pay?You are liable for 50% tuition plus student levy and non tuition charge. View more infoI am an Arts Degree holder 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 course fee each year.I received a higher offer through the CAO, how do I get a refund of my fees paid?Put your request for a refund of fees in writing and send original evidence of registration (available from the Admissions Office) at another University / Institute of Technology to the Fees Office. If you paid by credit / debit card your card will be refunded. If you paid using bank giro you will be refunded in cheque format which takes approximately 10 working days to produce.
When do I have to have my fees paid?If registering online the fee payment can be done using Debit /Credit card during self service registration. If you wish to pay using a bank giro please email feesnuigalway.ie to request a giro for collection. If paying using a bank giro you must wait five working days for the payment to be credited to your student record. Please see Fees Office website for payment date deadlines.What date do I register on?Check the Registration Office website regarding registration dates – https://www.nuigalway.ie/registration/
I have paid my fees what shall I do with my receipt?Please present it on the day of registration to Fees Office personnel, then retain it in a safe place as it may be required at any stage during the academic year.
I have paid my fees online by SSR (Self Service Registration), I don’t have a receipt of the payment, what should I do?When you have completed the SSR process you can print the page showing your payment was made successfully. You should check your own financial history by accessing your student portal and the payment should be visible.I wish to defer my course on grounds of illness what shall I do?Submit your medical evidence and covering letter to the Fees Office indicating that you wish to repeat on medical grounds as a “free fee” student. If the Department of Education agrees to fund you for a repeat year, you will be liable for the student facilities levy student contribution charge for your repeat year. *Note: Students withdrawing on medical grounds: The Department of Education & Science allows students who withdraw from their programme in exceptional circumstances, such as certified serious illness, to apply to the Fees Office for permission to re-attend as “free fee” students. Detailed medical certificates that must include referrals to a consultant or consultants and/or hospitalisation, obtained at the time of the illness, must be supplied. It should be clear from such documentation that the student was actively prevented from attending or participating in his/her programme for a significant period. Students who become ill after lectures (tuition) for the academic year is completed are not entitled to apply for “free fees” on medical grounds. It is important to note that the Department of Education & Science stipulate that this concession, if granted, applies only where a student is returning to the same college and the same programme. If a student attends a different programme at NUI Galway or a course at another third level institution, he/she will be liable for half or full tuition fees based on the original period of attendance. How do I know if I am eligible for Government Free Fees?Please see the Fees Office websiteI was in college before – am I eligible for ‘free fees’?Please see Fees Office websiteI am leaving my course at NUI Galway what should I do?Contact our Admissions Office and complete their “cancellation of registration form”.I am taking a ‘year out’ how will this affect my grant?Contact SUSI to discuss same.I am deferring the academic year, how will this affect my ‘free fees’ status?Contact the relevant College Administrator to gain permission to defer the year. Contact the Admissions Office to let them know you are deferring thus ensuring re-enrolment material will be forwarded to you the following academic year. If you do not register the Fees Office will not claim tuition fees on your behalf. I am deferring the academic year but I have registered, how will this affect my ‘free fees’ status?When a student registers we claim half tuition fees prior to 31st January. We claim the other half after 1st February. If a student ‘retires’ prior to 31st January they will be ineligible for ‘free fees’ for half a year. However, if they ‘retire’ after 31st January they will be ineligible for ‘free fees’ for one full academic year. Please ensure that you cancel ‘officially’ with the Admissions Office.I am deferring the academic year due to ill health, how will this affect my ‘free fees’ status?Please contact Fees Office personnel to discuss same.I am doing B.Comm./B.A. International, do I have to register at NUI Galway?Yes. Contact the Admissions Office and see the Services – Erasmus Students section of this website for further information. I overpaid fees – how do I arrange a refund?Contact the Fees Office. A refund (where applicable) takes 3 to 5 working days if student paid by Credit / Debit card or 10 to 12 working days if student paid by bank giro. I am due a refund. Can this refund cheque be issued in another person’s name?No.I paid a deposit for a course but did not register, how do I arrange a refund?Deposits for courses are non-refundable.I paid the non-tuition charge but am in receipt of SUSI – how do I arrange a refund of this?In the case of students who qualify for these grants, the Fees Office will apply for same on their behalf on receipt of instructions via the student’s registration form. When SUSI pays the non-tuition charge the Fees Office will issue a refund to the student.I paid a deposit for my course and am in receipt of a SUSI – how do I arrange a refund of this?In the case of grant / scholarship holders who may be entitled to a refund in respect of the initial fee instalment paid to the CAO or NUI Galway, the refund will not be made until all registration requirements have been completed and / or the full fee received by the University from the Authority awarding the grant / scholarship.Is the deposit on a course part of the full fee?Yes, once a student registers with NUI Galway the deposit becomes part of their fee paid. Deduct this deposit from the course fee and pay the remaining balance.I can’t call to the Fees Office to collect my grant what can I do?If you are in receipt of a higher education grant maintenance payment and are unable to collect it in person due to Erasmus or course placement commitments please call to the Fees Office to complete the “Unable to collect grant cheque” form or see the Grants section of this website and complete this form and return it to the Fees Office, NUI Galway. By completion of this form we will be authorised by you to forward your grant cheque to Bank of Ireland or Allied Irish Bank.I am unhappy with my undergraduate course at NUI Galway what are the fee implications if I re-apply to the CAO for another college place in the following year? Please see FAQ on Fees Office websiteI am unhappy with my postgraduate course choice and am in receipt of SUSI, how will this affect my eligibility for further postgraduate funding?The Fees Office will invoice SUSI for your course. With regard to funding for subsequent courses it would be advisable to contact SUSI.I am repeating a year level at NUI Galway. Will I be eligible for ‘free fees’ or SUSI?No but under exceptional circumstances SUSI may fund you for a ‘repeat’ year. Contact them regarding payment.I have stopped attending my course do I still owe fees?If you register for a course at NUI Galway you are liable for the full course fee.

 
<!–New – Introduction of Option to pay Student Fees and Contributions in 2 Equal Installments.In previous years, student fees, contributions and levies were generally payable in full early in the academic year (e.g. before 31st October). From August 2011, the following payment arrangements are being made available to students for the academic year:-Levy: – Student levies (currently €224 for all full time students and pro rata for all part-time students) must be paid in full before 31st October 2012 Fees and Contributions:- Student fees and contributions may be paid in full before 31st October 2012or- 50% of fees and contributions may be paid before 31st October 2012 and the balance paid before 31st January 2013 View more info
View 2012/13 EU & Non-EU Fees
View Fee Regulations
Also have a look at our Fee FAQs pageRepeat Fees for 2012/13:EU Repeat Fees – All Disciplines: €1,600 which can be paid in 2 moieties 50% by 31/10/2012 and 50% by 31/01/2013.
NON EU Repeat Fees – All Disciplines: €5,875 which can be paid in 2 moieties 50% by 31/10/2012 and 50% by 31/01/2013.
For Grant Information go to our Grants page–>

Introduction of Option to pay Student Fees and Contributions in 2 Equal Installments

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In order to assist students in paying their fees and contributions, the University has introduced an option to pay fees and contributions in two equal installments.

Please note that this option is not applicable to international students and it is University policy that all international students pay their fees in full before registering https://www.nuigalway.ie/student-fees/international/. In some cases international students need evidence of fees paid to apply for visas and to register with immigration so it is very important that this is adhered to.

Payment Arrangements;-
In previous years, student fees, contributions and levies were generally payable in full early in the academic year (e.g. before 31st October). From August 2011, the following payment arrangements are being made available to students for the academic year 2011/12:-
Levy:
– Student levies (currently €224 for all full time students and pro rata for all part-time students) must be paid in full before 31st October 2011

Fees and Contributions:
– Student fees and contributions may be paid in full before 31st October 2011
or
– 50% of fees and contributions may be paid before 31st October 2011 and the balance paid before 31st January 2012

Student levies apply to all students, irrespective of Local Authority/VEC/other funder and must be paid before 31st October 2011.

Students, who plan to avail of Local Authority/VEC/other funder for payment of their fees and contributions should apply to their chosen funder well in advance of the start of the academic year. Proof of availability of such funding (i.e. copy of the grant award letter or, if not yet available, copy of grant application form) must be furnished to the University’s Fees Office before Friday 15th December 2011. This will assist the University in collecting the student’s fees and contributions directly from the Local Authority/VEC/other funder and will avoid sanctions for late payment. Where a doubt exists as to eligibility for such funding, students are advised to pay their fees and contributions before Friday 15th December 2011. Such amounts will be refunded to the student if and when payment is later received from the funder.

Students, who find themselves in financial difficulty, should contact the Fees Office.

Sanctions for Late Payments:
Where student fee, student contribution and student levy payments are not made (and where proof of Local Authority/VEC/other funder is not provided) within the timelines outlined above, the following sanctions will be applied:-
a) 31st October 2011 = Late payment fee €200
b) 31st January 2012 = Additional Late payment fee €200
c) Exam results withheld
d) Progress to the subsequent year’s study withheld
e) Graduation withheld
f) Legal action for recovery of long outstanding fees

Payment Methods and Queries:
Please view our website at www.nuigalway.ie/fees for details of payment methods and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

5 reasons to oppose fees

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THE FIGHT AGAINST FEES: Five reasons to oppose College fees

1. Fees won’t cut costs during the recession

A fully funded education system will increase Ireland’s attractiveness on a global market, more graduates meaning more capable and skilled workers. This has and will drive inward investment into Ireland and create jobs.

It also increases the likelihood that Ireland can create its own native industry building a future which will see us become financially stable for years to come.

2. Fees will increase government debt and emigration

1,000 people emigrate from Ireland every week. Most of these are young, skilled and capable. Many of whom could not afford college or could not afford postgraduate courses due to the recent cut in the postgraduate grant. This means that young Irish people who would be paying billions of euros back in taxes to the Irish state are now elsewhere and are of no financial reward to the government. The process of Ireland’s skilled young workers is known as an economic ‘brain-drain’.

It should also be noted that graduates will, on average, get better jobs, generate more economic activity and pay on average 70% more tax over their working lives than non-graduates and therefore, repay the cost of their education and more.

While young people face social welfare as a prospect if they cannot pay college fees, they become a cost to the state rather than improving the state and their own skills by becoming a graduate.

3. Fees will be cheaper for the rich and dearer for the poor

Ruairi Quinn, the Minster for Education has stated that the student contribution fee could go as high as €3,000 by 2015. If you are from a low income or low income family, €3,000 can is a huge amount of money, especially if you have brothers and sisters wanting to go to college also. The current system denies those from low incomes a chance having opportunity in Ireland at this moment but yet, those from higher incomes who can afford fees remain to have no financial barrier yet they are most likely to have opportunity anyways.

It should be noted, that in any family or income, with increasing taxes, wage cuts and widespread redundancy is at risk of struggling to pay college fees at anytime should their income suddenly change, if it hasn’t already.

4. Fees will restrict access to third-level education

The government has signalled its intention to increase third-level participation rates to 72% by the year 2020, in order to create a knowledge economy workforce that can dig us out of recession. Forcing €32,000 of debt for a science or technology degree on potential students is no way to encourage participation, but instead is a recipe for continued emigration.
Secondary school students will be encouraged to not enter third-level education as they will face massive debts or graduate taxes. Families from lower-income backgrounds will be especially discouraged from taking on such debts.

5. Third-level education is already underfunded

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that in 2005 Ireland was spending 1.2% of our national income on third-level education, a decrease from 1.5% in the year 2000. They also found that our euro-for-euro spending was well below the international average. As for the pitiful Student Grant, which is aimed at helping ordinary families send their children to college, it doesn’t even cover the cost of rent in the main university towns.

The government is attempting to create a world-class third-level education system without funding it properly. Instead, it wants 18 year old Leaving Cert students to take on the funding issue and spend years repaying loans and debts in a turbulent job market.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US. . .

PARENTS
Your support is vital. You are the voters and the taxpayers, and the politicians are more likely to listen to you than students. Email or send letters to your local elected representatives, whether TD, Senator or Councillor and express your opposition to college fees. Let them know they won’t be getting your vote if they are in favour of fees.

FIRST YEARS
Watch out for our anti-fees campaigns on campus, and get involved in the protest marches we’ll be organising during the next few weeks. We’ll also be leafleting the city centre in the run-up to the Cabinet meeting on fees. Like your parents, you can email or send letters to your local elected representatives expressing your opposition to fees. Let them know they won’t be getting your vote if they are in favour of fees.

Contact the Vice President/Education Officer for more info