Finance information for new students

Knowledge is key and in this regard we believe that understanding (and being prepared for) the cost implications of returning to full-time education as a mature student is the foundation to a successful journey.

Below is information on the cost implications, as well as information on supports that are available to you. There is a wealth of information available on the Citizens Information website regarding fees.

There is also information available through the UCC Fees Office website. Click HERE to access it.


Undergraduate fees are made up of three distinct elements:

Tuition Fee: This fee varies depending on the undergraduate programme you wish to pursue. If you are a first time applicant to an undergraduate programme, or if you previously attended and did not complete an undergraduate course, the State will pay this on your behalf under the Free Fees Initiative (FFI).

Further details on FFI can be found HERE.

Student Contribution Fee: This is currently set at €3,000. This amount is subject to change every year in the national budget. However, for the 2019/20 academic year this is set at €3,000.

You may be eligible to have this charge paid by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). SUSI are the Grant Awarding Authority in Ireland. You can find out more and check your eligibility on the SUSI website. The link is HERE.

Capitation Fee: This fee is paid directly to UCC on the day that you register. It is currently set at €170. All students must pay this and there are no schemes that will provide you with support to pay this.

On payment of this, you will receive your student card which opens up a wealth of services to you both within the university and outside services (including reduced travel costs). It also covers membership of the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) and gives you membership to the Mardyke Sports Arena.

Funds, Scholarships and Bursaries

There are numerous schemes that are administered by UCC and there are also external bodies that will help to financially support you through your journey. Below are just some of the highlighted schemes and also links for further information.

Student Assistance Fund (SAF): All full-time registered students can apply to this scheme. You have to be registered in UCC to apply for SAF. Further details can be found HERE.

Quercus Talented Students’ Programme: This is a scholarship programme that supports and promotes excellence in academia, sport, creative and performing arts, active citizenship & innovation/entrepreneurship. Further details can be found HERE.

Other Publicly Funded Schemes: For details on all other schemes that are provided by the State, please click HERE.

Uversity Scholarships for Adult Learners: This scholarship is open to all mature students. It is provided by Uversity, who are a registered charity. Their aim is to aid in unlocking the potential of adult learners by providing financial support for the duration of your studies. Full information on this scholarship may be found HERE.

1916 Bursary: Further details on this Bursary can be found HERE.

Mature Student Office

Oifig na Mac Léinn Lánfhásta

Room 1.10, The Hub, College Road, Cork, T12YF78