Colleges charge registration fees which all students must pay. It is also known as a student contribution and it covers student services and examinations. The amount of the contribution varies from one institution to another. The maximum rate of the student contribution for the academic year 2018-2019 was €3,000 and is not expected to change for 2019-2020.
There are also other grants that are available to eligible students. Citizens information give a great explanation of what these are and also the SUSI website has further information and an eligibility checker to see if you qualify for a grant. For the official document outlining the Grant Scheme click here.
A list of publicly funded colleges is available on the Department of Education and Skills website. There are also other private providers of higher education. The list of those providers that are validated by the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is available here.
Private colleges charge the larger amount of full tuition fees. For exact figures check out college websites. If your son or daughter is likely to be living away from home, on-campus accommodation, student villages or halls of residence are often the choice for 1st year students, offering a comfortable bridge between home and the independence of living in a flat or apartment.
Once fees and accommodation are paid for, the other costs that need to be considered are; weekly living expenses, books, laptop, course related travel & field trips, Erasmus year or internship abroad. And as always there are the unexpected expenses. Talking through the finances with your young person helps you both to understand the restrictions and limits necessary.