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What Will it Cost?


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

There are three elements to fees:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Student Contribution Charge
  • Capitation Fee

1. Tuition Fee

Under the Government's Free Fees Initiative, the tuition fees for certain full-time undergraduate students is paid by the State to UCC. To be eligible, a student must

  • be a first-time undergraduate student,
  • be of EU/EFTA/UK nationality or have official refugee status,
  • have been resident in an EU/EFTA/UK member state for at least three years before their entry to an approved course
  • be studying a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years' duration for the first time.

For further information, see the Fees Schedule information.

2. Student Contribution Charge

For entry in 2022, this will amount to €2,000. This is an annual fee (subject to change) and must be paid by all students. Students in receipt of a grant will have this paid by SUSI. 

3. Capitation Fee

This capitation fee covers membership of the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) and of the Mardyke Sports Arena.  The capitation fee of €138 (in 2022/23) is not covered by the Higher Education Grant Scheme. All students must pay this fee.

Student Assistance Fund

The Student Assistance Fund is funded by the Department of Education and Science with assistance from the European Social Fund as part of an initiative to tackle disadvantage. All full-time registered students are eligible to apply for assistance from the fund. Resources will be targeted at those disadvantaged students most in need. In order to be eligible to apply for student assistance, you must be registered on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course of not less than one year’s duration in a participating college. Unlike the maintenance grant schemes, you cannot be considered for Student Assistance prior to registering in a participating college.

For further information please contact:

Student Assistance Fund Office


T: +353 (0)21 490 3562

Estimated Cost of Living

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials, and of course the Student Contribution Charge and the Capitation Fee.

Higher Education Grants

Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is Ireland’s national awarding authority for further and higher education grants, providing means-tested grants to eligible students who are pursuing approved courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can check your eligibility and apply directly on their website linked above.

You can also find information on the different financial assistance schemes in Ireland on the HEA’s Student Finance pages.

Student Budgetary Advisor

Budgeting as a UCC student is all about making "sensible sacrifices" regarding what you spend your money on.

And trying to balance your income with your expenditure.

In other words, what's going out of your pocket shouldn't be more than what is going in.

The Budgetary Advisor will help you as a UCC student manage your money by:

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

See more information about the Student Budgetary Advisory at  


Thursdays and Fridays (9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm)

Please click here to make an appointment with the Budgetary Advisor. 


1st Floor, 1-2 Brighton Villas (located in Castlewhite apartment complex, Gaol Cross), UCC, Cork.

Admissions Office


1st floor, West Wing, Main Quadrangle, T12 K8AF