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.
Student Fees & Charges
This is explained in detail on the Citizens Information website HERE. UCC charge a €130 Capitation Fee. This is paid every year, by every student.
Further details on the Free Fees Initiatives and other Charges can be researched HERE.
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. There are internal and external scholarships available to mature students. Click HERE to view all internal scholarship information and HERE for information on external scholarships.
There are specific bursaries that mature students can apply for. You can research them all HERE. Some you apply for pre-entry and others you apply for when you are registered as a student. It is important to research them and apply in time.
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is a financial support that you can apply for after you become a mature student. Further details on the SAF can be found HERE.
1916 Bursary: Further details on this Bursary can be found HERE.
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
A social welfare payment that some mature students may be eligible to receive for the duration of their studies. You will find information on how to apply and the eligibility criteria HERE.