Mature Students: Tax Relief on Fees

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Higher Education GrantsIf you do not qualify for the Free Fees Initiative (see DIT's Fees Policy) or a Student Grant (see Student Grants), then you may be liable to pay the full Tuition Fees for your programme of study. Tuition Fees do not include the Student Contribution Charge, which for full time programmes in 2013/14 is €2,500.

Am I eligible to claim tax back on fees that I have paid?

If you have paid fees for a programme in DIT either on your own behalf or on behalf on someone else (child, relative, spouse), you may be eligible to claim tax back.

Which programmes in DIT can I claim tax back on?

You can claim tax back on almost every programme DIT offers, as long as they fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate Programmes (full & part time): Must be at least 2 years duration
  2. Postgraduate Programmes (full & part time): Must be at least 1 but not more than 4 years duration 

If you are unsure whether you can claim back tax on your chosen programme, or wish to find out how much you can claim back, you can find more information here:

How do I claim Tax Relief?

Fill out the IT-31 Application Form and send it to your local Revenue Office with the following details:

  1. Your PPS Number
  2. The amount of fees paid
  3. The name and address of the individual who paid the fees (i.e. you)
  4. The name and address of the student on whose behalf the fees have been paid (i.e. you)
  5. The name of the programme you are studying and its duration

You do not have to submit a receipt for the fees that you have paid, but it is worth keeping your receipt from DIT, as it may be requested by the Revenue Office for verification purposes.

If you are unsure which Revenue Office to send your claim to, us this Revenue Contact Locator


All information correct according to the Office of the Revenue, Tax & Customs, October 2008

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