Postgraduate students

What does it cost to be a postgraduate student in UCC?

Fees

The postgraduate course you wish to pursue will have an associated Fee cost

This cost can be viewed by clicking here

You can apply through Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) to have all or part of these Fees paid, if eligible.

 

Postgraduates may get financial assistance under the Student Grant Scheme via SUSI with the cost of tuition fees for approved postgraduate courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is no assistance under the Scheme for courses elsewhere in the EU.

There are 2 ways postgraduates may qualify for assistance under the Student Grant Scheme. They may either:

1.Get a new flat rate fee contribution of €2,000, if they pass the fee contribution means test – see below - NO MAINTENANCE PAID!

Or

2.Get all their tuition fees paid and essential field trips (up to €6,270), if they meet the qualifying conditions for the special rate of grant for disadvantaged students – see below - A STUDENT MAY ALSO GET MAINTENANCE!!

To qualify for assistance under the Student Grant Scheme you must also meet the criteria for nationality and immigration status, and residency. More information about these criteria can be found in our document on Grants for student in further and higher education.

Fee contribution means test

The means test may be carried out on your income or your parent’s income. It will depend on whether you are an independent mature student or dependent on your parents.

If you were ordinarily resident with your parents from October 1 of the year before the year of entry to the postgraduate course, you are considered dependent on your parents and your income (if any) is assessed together with your parents' income(s). An allowance is made for a certain amount of your earnings outside of term-time (up to €3,809).

Independent students are mature students aged over 23 who live separately from their parents from 1 October of the year before the year of entry to the course. If you are an independent student, you are assessed on your own income (and that of your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant, if applicable).

The means test for the fee contribution under the Student Grant Scheme in 2017-2018 is based on your family's reckonable income for the previous full tax year (2016). If your family’s reckonable income is over the limit set by the Department of Education and Skills you will not qualify for the fee contribution. Some social welfare payments are excluded from 'reckonable income' for the purposes of the means test.

If you or your family has had a change of circumstances after 31 December 2016, which has reduced your income permanently, your new reckonable income may be taken into account.

Income limits for the fee contribution

The family income limits for eligibility for a postgraduate fee contribution in 2017-2018 are set out in the table below.

 
Number of dependent children Reckonable income limits
Fewer than 4 €31,500
4-7 €34,615
8 or more €37,580

The reckonable income limits may be increased by €4,980 for each additional family member who is pursuing a full-time course of at least one year’s duration.

If you are an independent student, the family member taken into account is your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant. If you are dependent on your parents, the family members taken into account are your parent(s) and their other dependent children.

Special rate of grant for disadvantaged students

Disadvantaged postgraduate students who meet a number of conditions can get tuition fees paid and essential field trips (up to €6,270).

To qualify for the special rate of grant for disadvantaged students:

  • You must have satisfied the conditions for the standard maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme for the academic year 2017-2018. Detailed information on the standard maintenance grant is available in out document on Grants for student in further and higher education
  • Your total reckonable income in the tax year January to December 2016 must not be more than €23,000, net of social welfare Qualified Child Increases and standard exclusions
  • If you are an independent student, you must be getting certain social welfare payment or participating in a designated programme on 31 December 2016 – see below. If you are dependent on your parents, your parent(s)/guardian(s) must be getting certain social welfare payment or participating in a designated programme on 31 December 2016 – see below.

Qualifying social welfare payments and programmes:

  • Long-term social welfare payments
  • Family Income Supplement (FIS)
  • Designated programmes (for example, a Community Employment Scheme).

 

Accommodation costs

Your accommodation plays a very significant role in ensuring the success of your college year. Please take the time to select the accommodation option most suitable to your needs and your pocket.

The good news is that there is an excellent supply of accommodation in Cork for all our students and you will have a good choice in each sector.

A breakdown of accommodation costs can be viewed at http://accommodation.ucc.ie/Accommodation

 

Daily costs

Student life can be as expensive as you make it - good budgeting skills and practises can make student life more manageable financially and can help to maximise your student experience in UCC.

Shop around for the best deals, use your student card to avail of student discounts, "club in" with friends or housemates for general house items such as milk, bread, butter etc.

Below is a breakdown of student food costs that may be applicable to you:

Tesco *
Bread 0.99c Oranges 1.5kg € 2.79
Butter € 2.19 Bananas x 8 € 1.56
Spaghetti 500g € 1.59 Mushrooms 500g € 1.99
Pasta sauce 0.60c Sliced ham 300g € 2.99
Basmati rice 500g € 2.29 Eggs x 6 € 1.09
Milk (1L) 0.75c Chicken breasts 310g € 3.99
Tea bags x 160 € 3.29 Chops 600g € 4.19
Coffee € 3.09 Potatoes 2kg € 3.49
Sugar 1kg € 1.19 Corn flakes 750g € 2.49
Cheese 200g € 2.00 Washing powder 3kg € 2.95
Apples x 6 € 2.49 Washing up liquid 500ml € 0.79
Onions x 3 € 1.49 Toilet rolls x 12 € 2.69
    Total € 52.97
    * as taken from www.tesco.ie on 02/07/2016

 

Miscellaneous  
Cinema €7 - €9.50
Haircut €10 - €40
Newspaper €1 - €1.80
2nd hand bicycle €40 - €120
City bus ticket € 1.70

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