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Student Finance

The information here applies to full-time EU/EFTA/UK students. Advice for International students is available from the International Education Office.


Full-time EU/EFTA/UK undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Charge was €2,000 and the Capitation Fee was €138. Further information regarding Fees can be found on the Fees Office website.  

Higher Education Grant Scheme

The Higher Education Grant Scheme provides means-tested grants to eligible students who are pursuing approved courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students should apply to SUSI for a grant. Applicants who are not eligible for either the State Grant or a Higher Education Grant are liable to pay full tuition, the student contribution charge, and the capitation fee.

Students wishing to withdraw from University must do so officially by meeting with the First Year Experience Coordinator, writing to the Examinations/Records Office and returning their ID cards. They should also call to the Fees Office to clarify their fee status. If a student withdraws during the academic year and wishes to return to third level education at a later date their eligibility for state funding will be affected by their date of withdrawal.

Student Assistance Fund

All full-time registered students are eligible to apply for the Student Assistance Fund, however resources will be targeted at those disadvantaged students most in need. Application forms are available (normally in October) from the Student Assistance Fund Office, and should be returned to The Student Assistance Fund Office, 1st Floor, 1-2 Brighton Villas, UCC before the closing date on the application form.

For forms, T: +353 (0)21 490 3562 or E:

Tax Relief for Tuition Fees

Tax relief is available for tuition fees paid by an individual for an approved third-level course. An individual can claim tax relief on fees paid for third-level courses as long as he/she has paid the qualifying fees. Relief is not available in respect of any part of the tuition fees that are met directly or indirectly by grants, scholarships, an employer or otherwise; or for administration, registration or examination fees paid.

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF