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. Please see the Fees site (link below) for further information and Terms and conditions.

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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 575 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 2022, 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 2022. 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

We are committed to the development of sporting excellence at the University. In 2021 we awarded over 170 first year sport scholarships.  

Application for a Sports Scholarship at Maynooth University is open until April 1st. You are welcome to contact the Sports Development Officers at any stage in the year for more details about applying. 

Scholarships are awarded to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Scholarship funding assists students with sports and university-related expenses (e.g. sporting equipment, travel costs associated with sport) and aims to free up time from part-time work commitments. 

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. 

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

Contact Barry Prenderville

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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.gaa.ie/highereducation

Contact Jenny Duffy

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Golf Scholarships

Barry Fennelly is the Golf Manager 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

Contact Barry Fennelly

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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

Contact Tom McKeown

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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.

Contact Paul Davis