Tuition fees are paid by the Irish government for Irish/EU nationals who have been ordinarily resident in an EU member state for at least three of the five years preceding entry to third level. This is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Tuition fees are paid by the State only for those attending a full-time undergraduate course.
  2. The degree must be a minimum of two years in duration (other than in exceptional circumstances).
  3. Tuition fees will not be paid by the State for students who are undertaking a second undergraduate course. However, fees will be paid for students who already hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 degree course, in the following circumstances: a) If your existing qualification gives you the credits needed to meet the entry requirements, and b) If an appropriate exemption from the normal duration of the degree course is available on the basis of the Level 6 or Level 7 qualification.
  4. Tuition fees will be paid for students who previously attended but did not complete approved courses and are now returning, following a break of at least five years, to pursue an approved course at the same level.
  5. Apart from the students mentioned in point 4, tuition fees will not be paid for students who are repeating a year having changed (but not completed) their undergraduate course. This condition may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Outside of tuition fees, all students must make a payment for registration, examinations and student services. The above is the fee policy which applied to entry in 2020.

This is subject to change depending on Government regulations. Please check the website for updates.

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All students of approved full-time undergraduate courses of at least two years in duration, and students of full-time postgraduate courses, may apply for a grant.

To qualify for the grant, you must meet certain criteria, including in relation to academic achievement, and undergo a means test. The grant-awarding authority is Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

SUSI processes all grant applications for 2021-2022 through their website (link below).

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We also offer our students a range of academic and sport scholarships.




Entrance Scholarship

The €1,000 Entrance Scholarship is automatically awarded to incoming first year students, via the CAO, who have obtained 550 points or more in the Leaving Certificate (from six subjects in one sitting). For students presenting GCE A Levels the awards are based on achieving points from three/four subjects in GCE A levels.

Entrance Scholars have the option of residing on campus (normal charges apply). Entrance scholars who have not already booked their campus accommodation in the normal way in 2021, will be offered campus accommodation during CAO Round 1 offers. Unfortunately, the University is not in a position to provide on campus accommodation for Entrance Scholars offered places in Round 2 or subsequently, as they are fully booked in Round 1 annually.

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Entrance Scholarship for MH103 Bachelor of Music

The Entrance Scholarship for MH103 Bachelor of Music is for one entrant to the degree commencing in September 2021. The top scoring applicant, based on the MH103 written test, interview and audition, will be offered the scholarship of €1,000. The successful applicant will be informed when they receive their offer for MH103 through the CAO.

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Music Scholarship

The Head of the Maynooth University Department of Music awards one undergraduate Music Scholarship each year. This scholarship is for current Music students and is based on their end of first year results.

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SOCIOECONOMICALLY Disadvantaged Students and Students with Disabilities

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available for students who might not normally be in a position to attend third level education due to serious socioeconomic disadvantage or disability. 

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95% of MAYNOOOTH GRADUATES are in Employment or in further studies/ training

2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey.

Sports Scholarships

The application for a Sports Scholarship at Maynooth University is now closed.

You are welcome to contact the Sports Development Officers for more details about applying.

We offer Sport Scholarship programmes in GAA, golf, rugby, snooker and soccer. Other recognised sports may be considered for a CAO points concession for participants competing at a very high level, e.g. carded athletes. Scholarships are awarded to students for a period of one year, but can be renewed subject to a satisfactory level of academic and sporting progression being maintained.

Benefits of our Sport Scholarship programme

  • Concession of up to 60 CAO points if required – scholars must meet minimum entry requirements for their chosen degree. For MH001/MH002 Education – Primary Teaching, a limited number of places are available for the 60 points concession. No limit on places applies to other degrees however. See website for details.
  • Access to expert coaching and fitness training
  • Sports psychology
  • Health and nutrition advice
  • Performance analysis
  • Financial bursary
  • Ongoing academic support
  • Strength and conditioning support
  • Access to top level coaches and playing facilities
  • Free gym membership
  • Medical and physiotherapy support
  • Fitness testing and analysis

Requirements for Sport Scholars

  • Maintain academic progress and remain in good standing with the University
  • Maintain an impressive record of sporting achievement
  • Take an active role in the University club(s) associated with the scholarship sport
  • Compete on behalf of Maynooth at inter-varsity competitions
  • Visit schools or attend open days to discuss sporting opportunities at the University

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students may be awarded scholarships for the duration of their studies. 

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Soccer Scholarships

Barry Prenderville is the Soccer Development Officer and manages the Soccer Scholarship programme.

Benefits of Soccer Scholarship

  • Pathway to the national league’s top flight (links with local and national league clubs)
  • Access to the highest standard third level soccer competition (CUFL, IUFU and WSCAI)

Requirements for soccer applicants

  • Scholarships are intended for student athletes with proven or perceived potential to perform at a high level
  • Application is open to all regardless of which school or club you currently play for

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GAA Scholarships

Jenny Duffy is the GAA Development Officer and manages the GAA Scholarship programme. The GAA scholarship programme offers a range of high performance supports providing students with the opportunity to maximise their playing potential.

Categories of GAA scholarship

  • Men’s Gaelic Football (Sigerson & Fresher Division One)
  • Hurling (Fitzgibbon & Fresher Division One)
  • Ladies Football (Division One)
  • Camogie (Division One)

Requirements for GAA applicants

  • Minimum criteria to apply for MU GAA Scholarship is to represent your county at U17 grade upwards, e.g. U21 & Senior.
  • To be eligible to play under Higher Education rules, please see www.hegaa.ie

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Golf Scholarships

Barry Fennelly is the Golf Development Officer and manages the Golf Scholarship programme.

Categories of Golf Scholarship

  • Platinum (High Performance Squad)

  • Gold (Scholarship Squad)

  • Silver (Observation Squad)

Requirements for Golf applicants

  • Hold an excellent profile of performances at National & International events at U18 level or beyond
  • Hold a ranking on WAGR
  • Have a desire to reach the pinnacle of the amateur game

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Rugby Scholarships

Tom McKeown is the Rugby Development Officer and manages the Rugby Scholarship programme.

Categories of Rugby Scholarship

  • Full Scholarship to Rugby Academy to include bursary, full supports and CAO points concession if eligible
  • Full scholarship to Rugby Academy to include full supports and CAO points concession if eligible

Requirements for Rugby applicants

  • Outstanding achievement and references in school or club rugby
  • Exclusive commitment to the University’s Club, MU Barnhall RFC

  • Impressive club/school performances during scouting visits

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Snooker Scholarships at Maynooth

Snooker Scholarships

Snooker Scholarships are supported by the Republic of Ireland Snooker and Billiards Association.

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Sports Scholarships at Maynooth University

Other Scholarships

High performance athletes with proven ability to compete at an international level can apply for our CAO points concession (up to 60 points) in recognition of their ongoing commitment to sport and potential to represent Ireland and the University at international level.

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