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Higher Education Fees and Funding Support


Higher Education Fees and Funding Support

You’ll have two main costs whilst studying at CAFRE – tuition fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees

Following a review of the CAFRE Higher Education (HE) Tuition Fees Charging Policy, a new Tuition Fee Framework is in place effective for new enrolments for courses starting from September 2022.

CAFRE’s fees will align with the HE tuition fees charged by other Higher Education Institutions and Further Education Colleges across Northern Ireland.  Students enrolled on HE courses prior to September 2022 will remain on their current tuition fee framework and further information can be found on the student portal.

Full-time HE applicants commencing a new course at CAFRE who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland or are Irish citizens ordinarily resident in the Republic of Ireland will be charged:

Certificate of Higher Education: £1,200

Foundation Degree: £2,550

Honours Degree: £4,630

Fees are subject to an annual inflationary increase set by DfE, so the figure for the 2023 academic year may change.

Students applying to study on the BSc (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Technology are enrolled as Queen’s University Belfast students and pay tuition fees set by Queen’s.

Part-time applicants will be charged on a pro rata basis.

Applicants from Great Britain, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Gibraltar will be charged:

Certificate of Higher Education: £1,200

Foundation Degree and Honours Degree: £9,250

Fees are subject to change.

Financial support

Funding for full-time and part-time students may be available if they meet eligibility criteria.

Student Finance NI provide financial support to Higher Education students in Northern Ireland.

Information on the full range of financial support available can be found at studentfinanceni.

Students from the ROI can find information on financial support on the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) website

What financial support is available?

If you’re normally a resident in Northern Ireland you can apply to Student Finance NI for financial support. Check out: which will give you all the details and help you find your local Education Authority for more assistance. The following is a short summary of the support available to eligible students;

Tuition Fee Loan

Non means-tested and available to cover your tuition fee costs. You start repaying the loan on completion of your studies, depending on your income. For more information on repayments go to:

Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant

You may be eligible for the Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant, dependant on your household income. Information can be found at studentfinanceni.

Maintenance Loan

Available to help with your living expenses and repayable on completion of studies. Although means-tested, all eligible students will get some loan. Information can be found at studentfinanceni.

Part-time course support

You may be entitled to a tuition fee loan, tuition fee grant and/or course grant. Information can be found at studentfinanceni.