Cost-of-Living Package for Students in Third Level Education

 2023/24 Academic Year

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris and Minister of State for Skills Niall Collins have outlined a significant cost of living package for third level students.

The package includes a:

  • Once-off €1,000 reduction in the student contribution fee for higher education students eligible for the free fees initiative (Postgraduate students and students ineligible under the criteria of the free fee initiative are not eligible for this funding). This is already reflected on student accounts where eligible. If you have already paid in full please follow the instructions here to provide your bank details.
  • When taken together with the new €500 student contribution grant the student contribution fee will be halved to €1,500 for eligible families with a household income of between €62,000 and €100,000. Applications for the €500 grant need to be made to SUSI directly at SUSI
  • Increase in student maintenance grants effective from January (Contact SUSI directly with any queries)
  • Once-off increase of €1,000 in the support to SUSI qualified Post Graduate students, increasing from €4,000 to €5,000. This is already reflected on student accounts where eligible.

 Additional FAQs can be found here

Budget 2024 also provides for:

  • A further €8.1 million investment in the Student Assistance Fund for the 2023/24 academic year bringing the total to over €17 million;
  • Renters’ tax credit is being extended to parents who pay for student children’s rent in the case of Rent a *Room accommodation or “digs”. This change will also apply retrospectively for the years 2022 and 2023
2024/25 Academic Year

From September 2024, student contribution fees will be abolished for all incomes under €55,924.

This will include students on specified undergraduate part-time/part-time online courses.

Contact fees

The Fees Office is located on the ground floor of Áras Uí Chathail.

Reception Open: Monday to Friday: 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 - 4 pm

Please read the FAQ section of the web page and if you cannot find an answer to your query please email including your 8-digit CAO / University of Galway student ID number.

Telephone Service on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10.30 am - 12.30 pm on +353 91 492386

Go to and click on Ask Cara (bottom right-hand corner). Cara is the virtual assistant for University of Galway students. Available 24/7/365 to support you with questions, about day-to-day university life. Most of your fee queries can be answered here.