Planning your finances

  • All students are required to pay postgraduate fees. The fees per course are available on this website www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/ (see fee schedule).
  • How to pay: Postgraduate fees are payable in two instalments and can be paid by debit or credit card. The first half is paid when you register online for your course (Registration Part 1). The second half is paid in early January. Further information on how to pay your fees is available on this website www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/
  • You will not receive a student card or have access to university facilities until the first installment of fees has been paid. 

Contact details for UCC Fees Office

http://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/

Tel: 021-4903929/2365

Email: fees@fin.ucc.ie

SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland - is the awarding authority for all new student grant applications. If you are thinking of embarking on a higher education course you should visit the SUSI Online Student Grant Application System website.

SUSI can award from €2000 to €6270 as a contribution to your fees. Please be aware that this varies and not all students will get the full amount. There is a good presentation on this SUSI webpage explaining the grants Presentation for 2015/16 academic year Students should check what they are eligible before applying and apply early. 

The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows certain qualifying people to return to full-time education in approved courses while continuing to get income support.   You can work part-time without your BTEA payment being affected. You can get the Back to Education Allowance for a postgraduate course of study that leads to a Higher Diploma (HDip.) qualification in any discipline or the Professional Masters in Education. Other types of postgraduate qualifications are not recognised for BTEA. The only exception to this is where an applicant may be admitted to a Master’s course without a primary degree on the basis of prior experiential learning.

All information in respect of the BTEA application procedure and eligibility criteria is available from the Department of Social Protection webpages at:
http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/353_Back-to-Education-Allowance.aspx

  • The Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for registered full-time higher education students who are experiencing financial difficulties whilst attending college.
  • The fund covers expenses such as living expenses for food.
  • The fund usually opens in September of each academic year.
  • Please check this website in September for details www.ucc.ie/en/saf/ and email for further details studentassistancefund@ucc.ie 

UCC Budgetary Advisor

Evan Healy is the UCC Budgetary Advisor. Evan's role is to help UCC student's manage their money by:

  • Providing "one to one" advice and guidance to students on managing your money.
  • Delivering workshops on budgeting for students, where information and practical advice will be available to you.
  • Assisting in the completion of your Student Grant scholarship and Student Assistance Fund applications.
  • Liaising with external agencies, such as MABS, Dept of Social Welfare and Protection, Local Authorities and St. Vincent de Paul, on your behalf.

Furher details on the Budgetary advisor are available here: http://www.ucc.ie/en/studentbudget/budgetaryadvisor/

Email: studentbudgetingadvice@ucc.ie or Phone: +353 (0)21 490 2151

  • The majority of students on taught programmes at UCC are self-funding or are supported through the SUSI Grants Scheme.
  • Occasionally individual scholarships may be offered at programme level and details of these will be made available by the individual coordinators and on this web page www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/cost/
  • Most scholarships close for applications in April, with a course start date in September.

Many postgraduate students work part-time while studying.

Finding work

- For on-campus work check your emails regularly and the Students' Union Facebook page and Twitter account.

- Visit our Careers Service and keep up to date with their news feeds.

- Call into local businesses in Cork City and look out for signs in business windows advertising vacancies.

- Check national jobs websites such as www.irishjobs.ie/ and www.jobs.ie/

While it is possible to balance work and study, do not underestimate the amount of self-directed study involved in undertaking a postgraduate qualification. If you are completing a masters’ programme, you will be expected to work on your dissertation over the summer months.

Our university refund policy is available on our Fees Office website. See the section Fee Refunds.

  • Check out the fees for your course
  • Check your eligibility for a SUSI grant and apply early
  • Remember you will be required to pay your first instalment of fees in August so make sure you have secured funding or a student loan ahead of Registration Part 1
  • Consider your options for part-time work based on the workload of the programme and timetable considerations
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