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MONEY MATTERS – FEES, GRANTS AND COSTS


All costs outlined hereunder are those relevant in 2016/2017 and are approximate.


Note: information in this section was correct at the time of print; however, this information is subject to change.


Tuition Fees Currently, tuition fees at LIT are covered by the terms of the government’s Free Fees Scheme. Under this scheme, the government pays tuition fees for full-time, non-repeat undergraduate students from Ireland and other EU countries that have been resident in an EU country for three of the last five years. For further information, see www.studentfinance.ie


Applicants who do not qualify for free Tuition Fees


Any applicant who does not meet the above criteria will be deemed an Overseas Applicant and will be liable to pay the Non-European Tuition Fee in addition to the Student Contribution Fee.


Non EU applicants should contact LIT’s International Office at: international@lit.ie for details of relevant fees. Applicants classified as liable to pay this fee will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission. In addition, the following groups do not qualify for free tuition fees:


1. Persons who already hold a Degree.


2. Persons who have completed more than the first year of a Degree level programme and who are now entering a Higher Certificate/Ordinary Degree programme.


3. Persons who have already attended an Honours Degree programme and are now entering another Honours Degree programme. 4. Persons who are undertaking a repeat year of study.


5. Persons who have already completed a two year Higher Certificate (or Ordinary Degree) programme are not eligible for free tuition fees in respect of a further two year Higher Certificate or three year Ordinary Degree programme. Student Contribution Fee


A Student Contribution Fee is payable by each student, which covers Student Services, Registration, Examination Fees, etc. In addition, there is currently a Class Materials Fee for students in Art and Design and Science programmes and this fee may be extended to other programmes for the 2017/2018 academic year and subsequent years. These payments must all be paid at the time of Registration, and are subject to change without prior notice and are outside the control of the Institute. For further information, see www.susi.ie


Students who qualify for a Maintenance Grant will be refunded their Student Contribution Fee. Class materials fees are non-refundable.


Student Grant Scheme The student grant is the main source of financial assistance available from the Irish State for students in full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate programmes. Students on part-time programmes, access or foundation programmes (in higher education institutions) and short programmes are not eligible to apply for a student grant. For eligible students, a student grant is intended to assist with some of the various costs involved in going to college. Family and/or personal income is a key factor that will be assessed when applying for a maintenance grant, alongside some other conditions.


If you think you are eligible for a student grant, you should apply for it as soon as possible. You do not have to wait until you receive an offer of a place or enrol in college. Only when your application has been completed in full and submitted to the grant-awarding authority can your eligibility be determined. Full details on student grants and finance, including associated legislation and application forms are available at www.susi.ie


At LIT, we are very aware of the financial difficulties faced by many students. While Irish and other EU students are generally not required to pay tuition fees, there are many additional financial pressures for students such as the cost of accommodation, travel, food, utility bills, etc. For most students, starting college coincides with moving away from home for the first time and trying to manage on a budget. You will have most outgoings at the start of the year, so it is important to budget for books, class materials and rent deposits, as well as day to day living costs.


Students can avail of special travel rates from the national transport companies and chartered buses. Season tickets are available on some routes. Irish Rail and Bus Éireann offer special train and bus fares to students (subject to certain conditions).


For further information on fees, grants, etc, contact the LIT Grants & Fees Office at 061 293366 or email: studentfees@lit.ie Undergraduate Prospectus 2017/2018 27 <


Money Matters


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