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Fees Information

Student Contribution Fee/Registration Fee

All students registering for full time courses at Carlow College are required to pay the Student Contribution Fee. This fee is currently €3,000.

If you have applied for a grant (SUSI) to cover the Student Contribution Fee you must send the Grant Approval letter or a copy of it to the Admissions Office. If you are still awaiting grant approval at the time of registration, you may register as a student of the College, however, you must agree to the terms of registration which outline that, if your grant is not approved, you are liable for the full registration fee and you will be invoiced by the College. All Authorities are invoiced on receipt of a grant approval letter from the student. When payment is received from an Authority, the Accounts Office will electronically reimburse the exact figure that was paid by the student.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s is compliant with section 65 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 which mandates that the College have arrangements in place for the Protection of Enrolled Learners (PEL). Our learners are protected by the Department of Education and Skills.

All full time undergraduate courses at Carlow College are covered under the Department of Education & Skills Free Fees Initiative. In order to qualify for free fees you must have been living in an EEA member state or Switzerland for at least three of the five years before starting a course. The members of the EEA (European Economic Area) are the 27 members of the EU, along with Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

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:

  1. You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years duration (or certain shorter courses in Institutes of Technology).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

If a student withdraws or defers they must notify the Admissions Office at: E: admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie T: +353 59 9153243 immediately. They must also notify any grant awarding body if they hold a grant for that academic year. It is essential that students do not draw down any grant cheque. If they 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 a student defers, and they have received a grant, they must notify the awarding body immediately (see above). If the student has paid the registration fee the student may opt to either: Be reimbursed fully and pay the registration fee in full when they return the following year or leave the money on hold in their 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 the student will be liable

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