DCU Prospectus 2021

222 Fees Information TheUniversity has three undergraduate fee rates. These are based onwhether the applicant is designated as an EUor non-EU citizen, andwhether the EUapplicant qualifies under the Free Fees Scheme or not. For the 2020/2021 academic year, full-time undergraduate Irish/ EU/EEA/Swiss State students qualifying under the Free Fees Scheme are required to pay a registration fee of €3,000 plus a combined Student Centre Levy andUnion of Students of Ireland fee of €43. The EU fee rates and the non-EU fee rates vary by course. For more information on student fees, go to dcu.ie/fees Are you an EUor a non-EUapplicant? For fees purposes, this is based onwhether you are from the EU/ EEA/Swiss State or froma non-EU country. Students whowish to be designated as an EU/EEA/Swiss State applicant must meet certain criteria. For more information, go to dcu.ie/international/fees Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis after we have received a completed application for fee status assessment. Assessments take place after an applicant has received an offer fromDCU. Free Fees Scheme Students who are designated as from the EU/EEA/Swiss Statewill be liable to pay the EU fee level but will qualify for the Free Fees Scheme in the following circumstances: 1 It is the student’s first undergraduate degree AND 2 The applicant is a national of an EU/EEA/Swissmember state (evidencemust be provided) AND 3 The applicant has spent three of the last five years ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swissmember state before the start of the first year of their course Applicants who are eligible for the Free Fees Schememust pay the Student Contribution fee plus the combined Student Centre Levy andUnion of Students of Ireland fee. In 2020/2021, this amounts to €3,043. Notes — Students already holding an undergraduate or postgraduate qualificationwill not qualify for the Free Fees Scheme — Students will not qualify for the Free Fees Scheme if they are repeating a year, either because they failed their end-of-year examinations, or as a result of changing courses. (Note: This exclusionmay bewaivedwhen a student has to repeat a year due to certified serious illness. In such a case, theUniversity will request documentary evidence that the student’s failurewas as a direct result of his/her illness.) — Students will not qualify for the Free Fees Scheme if they are undertaking a second undergraduate course. (Note: Students who hold aNational Certificate or Diploma and are progressing to degree coursesmay still be eligible.) — Students will not qualify for the Free Fees Scheme if they have already attended but did not complete a certificate, diploma or degree course. (Note: If a student did not complete a course and is returning to study after a break of five years, the student is classified as a SecondChance Student. Subject to fulfilling the other criteria above, SecondChance Students will be entitled to free tuition for the degree course.) — If a student on the Free Fees Scheme at another institution has not secured a terminal qualification and subsequently resumes third-level studies, they will not be eligible for free fees for the equivalent period of time spent on the course taken at that other institution Further Considerations on FeesMatters — Students classified as non-EU for fees purposes will not be permitted to change their fee status following admission except where EU/EEA nationality is granted. The following timelines apply to these exceptions: — Students who acquire EU/EEA citizenship up to 30 September in an academic year may be entitled to change for the academic year — Students who acquire EU/EEA citizenship up to 31 January in an academic year may be entitled to change from the second half of the academic year — Students who acquire EU/EEA citizenship from1 Februarymay be entitled to change from the commencement of the next academic year — If a Student is naturalised during the year of registration, they may be eligible for the Fee Fees Scheme — Students who have been classified as non-EU for the entire undergraduate registrationwill retain this status for postgraduate registration unless they haveworked full-time for a period of at least three years in an EU/EEA/Swissmember State before the start of the postgraduate course Students, however, who complete their full undergraduate degree at DCUmay be eligible for aDCU student discount for postgraduate study at DCU. Students who progress from the International Foundation Certificate onto an undergraduate degree coursewill also retain their non-EU status. For further information, please visit dcu.ie/fees

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