Fees & Grants
Here you will find all information about fees & grants for students wishing to study full-time or part-time.
Undergraduate full-time students
Student Contribution Fee – A student contribution (registration) fee of €3,000 (2023/24) is payable by all students who do not qualify for a grant or scholarship for most of our programmes.
Tuition Fee – Most full-time undergraduate courses at Carlow College are covered under the Department of Education Free Fees Initiative, which means the Department pays tuition fees for you.
In order to avail of the Department of Education & Skills Free Fees Initiative, you must also meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of an EEA member state (see above) or Switzerland.
- Have official refugee status in Ireland.
- Be a family member of a refugee and have been granted permission to live in the State.
- Be a family member of an EU national and have permission to live in the State, with a stamp’ 4EUFAM’ on your residence card.
- Have been granted Humanitarian leave to remain in the State.
- Have been granted permission to remain in the State by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
You must also fulfill all of the following three course requirements:
- You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years duration (or certain shorter courses in Institutes of Technology).
- You must be a first-time full-time undergraduate or five years must have lapsed since you were last in college and you must not have completed a previous degree.
- In general, you must not be repeating the year because of failing your exams or changing course. This may be waived if you repeat a year due to serious certified illness. There are also some exceptions for students in Institutes of Technologies who are switching course.
Fee -Paying Undergraduate Courses
Three of our undergraduate programmes are not currently funded by the Department of Education and therefore, are subject to an annual course fee of €4,750 (which includes the student contribution) with no grant funding available. The courses are:
- B.A. (Hons) in Psychology (PC414)
- B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics & Sociology (PC415)
- B.A. (Hons) in Media, English & Culture (PC416)
In addition to the annual course fee, students on the above courses will be required to pay the following fees:
- €150 Learner Protection Insurance (annually)
- €200 QQI Certificate fee (once-off)
For students, who are not covered under the Free Fees Initiative, the Carlow College Tuition Fees (per year) are as follows. Please note that the registration fee of €3,000 is included in this fee:
- B.A. & B.A. (Honours) in Art & Humanities: €7392.00
- B.A. (Honours) in English & History: €7392.00
- B.A. & B.A. (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care): €7642.00
- B.A. (Honours) in Political, Social and Community Studies: €7642.00
Third Level Student Grants
Students can make a grant application online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).
Student grants provide financial support to eligible students. There are two elements to the student grant-a maintenance grant and a fees grant. A maintenance grant is a contribution towards your living costs etc.
A fee grant can cover:
- All or part of the Tuition Fee (if needed)
- All or part of the Student Contribution Fee
- Costs of essential field trips (if needed)
If you have qualified for a maintenance grant, you will generally qualify for a fees grant. You must complete a Student Grant Application Form to assess your eligibility. Student grants are ‘means tested’. There are different levels of Higher Education Grant (HEG) support. Applicants must be entering an approved full-time course in an approved institution in addition to meeting the necessary residency and nationality or immigration status requirements.
Back to Education Allowance
Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. The allowance can be paid to people who wish to take up a third level course.
BTEA is not unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment which is not means tested. If you are signing for unemployment credits or submitting medical certificates for illness credits, you may apply to take part in the scheme. However, the BTEA is not payable if the student is in receipt of either the Higher Education Grant (SUSI/Local Authority) or VEC scheme.
Please note that the above information is always subject to change. For further information please visit: www.studentfinance.ie A
Undergraduate Part-Time students
The fees per module are as follows:
- €250 per 5 Credit Module (includes QQI Fee).
- Payment of fees are required in full on or before the day of registration, per semester. A 15% discount on modules will apply to those who are in receipt of Social Welfare payments, proof will be required.
Example: (excluding discount) The cost of 30 credits per year is €1500 (€750 per semester). Two part-payments of €750 MUST be paid on or before the commencement date each semester.
Example: (with 15% Social Welfare discount) The cost of 30 credits per year is €1275 (€637.50 per semester) Two part-payments of €637.50 MUST be paid on or before the commencement date each semester.
Tuition fees for postgraduate programmes at Carlow College are as follows:
- Higher Diploma in Politics & Society: €2,500
- Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History: €1,125 per semester (3 semesters)
- M.A. in Irish Regional History: €2,250 per year (2 years)
- M.A. (Leadership in Therapeutic Child & Social Care): €4,900 per year (2 years)
Withdrawal/ Deferral Fees
If you are withdrawing or deferring from a programme, you must notify the Admissions Office at: E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +353 59 9153243 immediately. You must also notify any grant awarding body if you hold a grant for that academic year. It is essential that you do not draw down any grant cheque if you have withdrawn or deferred, as if you proceed to another course, your Higher Education Grant will not be awarded twice.
Where an application by a registered student to withdraw from a Programme is approved by the Registrar/Admissions Office, the Accounts Office will reimburse the appropriate registration fee to the learner subject to the following scale:
|Official Date of Withdrawal||Amount of Registration Fee Forfeited|
|Before 31st of October||€250 (basic administrative charge)|
|1st November – 31st of December||€500|
|Up to January 31st||€1000|
|After January 31st||Full registration Fee|
If you defer, and have received a grant, you must notify the awarding body immediately (see above). If you have paid the registration fee you may opt to either:
- Be reimbursed fully and pay the registration fee in full when you return the following year; or
- leave the money on hold in your Carlow College account and use it to cover the registration fee the following year. If there is any increase in the registration fee from the year of deferral to the year of resuming study, you will be liable.