Tag Archives

NUI Galway Students’ Union Condemns Rip-Off University

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union has condemned the University’s decision to charge students sitting online repeat exams. Students who did not pass exams in May have the option to repeat those exams in August. A fee of €295 is usually charged to cover costs such as venue, supervisors and materials. However, next month’s repeat exams will take place online and many of those costs do not exist in an online format. The Students’ Union is calling on the University to cancel the charge for this year’s repeat exams in line with other colleges across the country.

The Students’ Union is also critical of the University charging the exam fees at a time when many students struggled with new online learning and exam formats at a time of great uncertainty. The Union has accused the University of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to generate income from exam fees.

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are disgusted that the University is charging students to sit repeat exams. Students who have failed an exam will have to pay €295 for the pleasure of sitting the repeat exam in their own bedroom.”

“We are in extraordinary times where students have not had access to learning facilities like the library and face to face teaching, and many have struggled as a result. Now, the University wants to punish those students with this charge instead of following the example of other colleges which have cancelled the fee.”

Say no to #RipOffNUIG €295 Repeat Exam Fees! Please sign and share our petition HERE 

For more information or to get involved in the campaign, contact:

Pádraic Toomey


NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

Email su.president@nuigalway.ie

Join the National Demo Weds 19th October

News & Events

On Wednesday the 19th of October we will be taking to the streets of Dublin to march for publicly funded education.
If you want to join us and the fight against student debt €2 return bus tickets are on sale in the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk NOW!

FREE t-shirts available with the first 500 tickets sold!

Buses depart 9am Weds 19th October from The Cathedral or entrance to Gort na Coiribe. Back in Galway by 7pm (approx.)

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

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.


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:-

– 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
– 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.


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


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

The Fight Against 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.

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.

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.



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.


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.