Fees & Funding
Depending on the type of programme you undertake at Mary Immaculate College, you may be required to pay tuition fees and other charges. There are also various types of funding available through educational schemes, loans or scholarships to help international students.
EU/Non-EU Status Assessments
The designation of a student as being from the EU or a Non-EU country determines the fees they will pay at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) i.e. there may be cases where a non-EU national acquires EEA citizenship during the course of their third level studies and would qualify for the HEA's 'Free Fees' Scheme, for example.
To determine status, EU/Non-EU Status Assessments are conducted in MIC by the International Office.
For an indication of current status, see the EU / NonEU Fee Assessment Flow Chart.
See more details here.
Tuition & Other Fees
Note: Some programmes have other charges as well as tuition fees.
There are a number of ways to pay fees to Mary Immaculate College including PaytoStudy (which allows you to make international payments without paying international banking charges while receiving competitive foreign exchange rates.
- A more streamlined payment process
- No international sender/receiver fees
- Great exchange rates
- 24 hour customer service from PaytoStudy
- 24 hour online tracking of payments
More information about PaytoStudy below.
PaytoStudy has a simple three step process.
- Register on the secure PaytoStudy domain and enter your payment details.
- You'll receive the exchange rate for that day, choose between wire transfer or credit card
- Once funds are received by PaytoStudy, these funds are immediately transferred into our account from the PaytoStudy bank account in the UK.
- Confirm your Mary Immaculate College Reference Number.
- Visit the payment website and complete the brief registration form. Choose between wire transfer and credit card payment Click ‘YES’ you are ready to pay today and then select ‘Process Transaction’.
- If you chose credit card payment just enter your details and if you chose wire transfer you will be asked to transfer the funds to the advised bank account.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your passport, and your invoice letter from Mary Immaculate College and if you have chosen wire transfer a copy of the payment receipt.
- Once PaytoStudy receive your funds and required documents, they will transfer the funds to us at Mary Immaculate College and email you confirmation of payment. Sorted!
Please find the PayToStudy link here.
US Federal Student Loans
The International Education Division administers Federal Loans and private study loans to eligible students from the USA studying at Mary Immaculate College.
Please read Mary Immaculate College's US Federal Student Aid Admissions Policy before submitting a loan application. Please note the Default Management Plan currently in place in MIC.
American students attending Mary Immaculate College are eligible to receive the following types of US student loans:
Federal Direct Loans: Eligible US undergraduate and graduate students can apply for subsidised and unsubsidised Federal Direct Loans. The US Government pays the interest on the subsidised portion of the Direct Loan while the student is in school.
More information on Federal Aid options here.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans: PLUS Loans, formerly only available to the parents of undergraduate students, are now available to graduate students also. Graduate students can apply for the PLUS Loan on their own signature, without parental involvement. PLUS Loans do not have a grace period. Repayment begins after the final disbursement but the payments can be deferred while the student is in school.
The programmes at MIC that are Title IV eligible are:
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management
Only residential programmes are Title IV eligible. Non-degree programmes are not Title IV eligible.
It is possible to study at a partner university but only if that institution is Title IV eligible too. It is not possible to receive a FAFSA loan to study at a partner university in the USA.
For a full list of International Schools that participate in the Federal Student Loan Programme, please click here. Please note that not all of these institutions are partners of MIC’s. Please contact the International Office if you wish to study at one of these institutions.
Applications & Other Information for Federal Aid
To apply for a Direct or Direct PLUS loan, you must first file a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at: www.fafsa.ed.gov. This process generates your Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR is required by the school to determine your eligibility to receive a Federal Loan and also the amount you are eligible to borrow.
If you are applying for the first time, you will need to create a username and password. This will enable you to access your information more quickly on subsequent visits to the FAFSA site. It will also enable you to complete a Renewal FAFSA in future years. You may have to return to the site to enter or update information on your (or your parents’, in the case of dependent undergraduates) tax returns etc.
After you file your FAFSA online, the US Dept of Education (DOE) will process your SAR. You can review/amend your SAR online once it has been processed. In order to certify your Federal Loans, the school must receive your full SAR. This is not available to you online. You can only download a summarized 3-page version. Please select the PDF format before printing or emailing it (as an attachment) to the school. Once it is received, the full SAR can be retrieved electronically by the school.
Note 1: You must enter the school name and US Department of Education (DOE) School Code number on your FAFSA.
The DOE School Code number for Mary Immaculate College is G42412
See below for information on applying for specific types of loans.
You must complete a Direct Loan Application/Master Promissory Note (MPN) online.
Note: You should keep copies of all Financial Aid documents for your own records. You will need them when your loans go into repayment after graduation.
Direct Loan Amounts (maximum per year): The amount you can borrow depends on your status (dependent or independent) and your grade level in college (see below).
1st Year: $3,500 (Subsidised) and $2,000 (Unsubsidised)
2nd Year: $4,500 (Subsidised) and $2,000 (Unsubsidised)
3rd Year & beyond: $5,500 (Subsidised) and $2,000 (Unsubsidised)
1st Year: $3,500 (Subsidised) and $6,000 (Unsubsidised)
2nd Year: $4,500 (Subsidised) and $6,000 (Unsubsidised)
3rd Year & beyond: $5,500 (Subsidised) and $7,000 (Unsubsidised)
Note: Your status as a Dependent or Independent Undergraduate is determined by your SAR.
Unsubsidised Direct Loan: $20,500
You, or your parent, (if you are an undergraduate) can apply for a PLUS Loan in addition to the Direct Loan. The PLUS Loan was formerly only available to the parents of undergraduate students, but since July 1, 2006, it is also available to Graduate/Professional students, on their own signature, i.e., without the involvement of a parent. The PLUS (or Grad PLUS) Loan allows you, or your parent (in the case of undergraduates), to borrow up to the Cost of Attendance (COA), less the Direct Loan amount.
Your COA is determined by the school and includes tuition and all school costs, all living expenses (rent, utilities etc) and transportation (airline & commuting). Check the MPN for the full list of allowable expenses.
Note: If you feel that the COA for your course, as determined by the school, is lower than your estimated costs, you should provide a budget breakdown of your expected expenses for the academic year. The school FAA will review your costs to decide if they are allowable and reasonable.
Parent PLUS Loans: If you are a Dependent Undergraduate student, your parent can apply for a PLUS Loan on your behalf. PLUS Loans are credit-based and approval is based on your parent’s credit history.
Note: If your parent is denied a PLUS Loan, due to an adverse credit-rating, you can apply for the Unsubsidised Direct Loan amount appropriate to your grade level, as an Independent Undergraduate.
Your parent should complete a Direct PLUS MPN online at:
Your SAR must be on file at the school prior to school certification.
Note: You only need to submit one SAR to the school each year.
Graduate PLUS Loan: If you are a Graduate/Professional student, you can apply for the Graduate PLUS Loan in addition to the Direct Loan. As a Graduate/Professional student, you are considered independent of your parents.
You should complete the Direct PLUS MPN online at:
If your SAR is already on file at the school, your PLUS Loan can be certified.
- File FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and get your SAR
- Complete Direct / PLUS MPN(s) online
- Submit all documents to the FAA in the International Education Division
Once the school’s FAA has received your MPN(s) and your SAR, you will receive an ‘Award Letter’ outlining the loans amounts that you are eligible to borrow and also a Loan Amount Declaration form which you need to sign and return to the FAA. When all documents are received, your loan(s) can be school-certified.
Interest Rates: Since July 2006, the interest rates on Federal loans are fixed, rates from July 1st 2016 to July 1st 2017 are as follows:
Direct Loans Undergraduate: 3.76%
Direct Loans Graduate: 5.31%
PLUS Loans: 6.31%
Unsubsidised Direct and PLUS Loans accrue interest from the date of disbursement. Subsidised Direct Loans accrue interest once you graduate or fall below at least half time enrolment.
Note: The grace period begins at graduation, or when a student falls below half-time attendance. It should also be noted that a student who takes an approved Leave of Absence will initiate the grace period and may be required to commence repayment of their loans before they return to school.
Useful Information about Federal Aid & Related Loans
Students who are experiencing temporary problems repaying their federal student loans are advised to contact their loan servicer to see if you they eligible for deferment. A deferment allows students to temporarily stop making payments on their federal student loans. If students have Direct Subsidized Loans, they are not charged interest on those loans during deferment. Students are never charged a fee for applying for a deferment on their federal student loans. Note: Interest will continue to be charged during deferment on Direct Unsubsidized and PLUS Loans. If students do not pay this interest during the deferment, it will be capitalized at the end of the deferment. Students may qualify for a deferment if they are enrolled at least half time at Mary Immaculate College
Students and parents of dependent undergraduates with Parent PLUS Loans should please note that student loan information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and will be accessible to authorised users of the data system e.g. guaranty agencies, lenders and schools.
Federal Loans are disbursed, in substantially equal amounts, at the beginning of each academic term or semester. Disbursements are subject to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Please read Mary Immaculate College's SAP Policy
Loan funds will be used to pay any outstanding tuition balance in the first instance, and any remaining balance will be refunded to the student
US Federal regulations require that all students, who are in receipt of US Federal Student Aid (FSA), must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Read MIC SAP Policy. Failure to do so can result in the loss of eligibility to receive further funding. It is the responsibility of the school to monitor SAP and, where necessary, to suspend or withhold eligibility to receive Federal Funding.
There are two components involved in monitoring SAP, Qualitative and Quantitative.
The Qualitative Component requires that students maintain a QCA of 2.0 or above without any ‘F’ grades or an academic standing consistent with the college’s requirements for graduation.
The Quantitative Component requires that students progress through their course of study in a timely manner.
SAP is monitored at the end of each semester to confirm eligibility to receive funding for the following semester.
Students who fail to maintain SAP will receive a warning and will be placed on probation during the following semester. Students on probation will receive funding but they must meet the required academic standards during that semester in order to avoid suspension of eligibility for funding. Therefore, a student who fails to maintain SAP during two consecutive semesters will be deemed ineligible for funding for the following loan period.
Students will be notified of probation or suspension by letter and/or email.
A student who loses eligibility for Federal funding may appeal the decision if they can show that their failure to maintain SAP was due to extenuating circumstances. A student can only appeal if they fail to maintain SAP during two consecutive semesters.
Note: SAP appeals have nothing to do with appeals against exam results or test scores and the outcome of a SAP appeal has no bearing on results achieved or grades awarded. SAP decisions are based on official exam results and test scores only.
A student may appeal a decision to suspend eligibility for Federal funding if they can demonstrate that their failure to maintain SAP was due to extraordinary circumstances such as the following:
• Serious illness or injury
• Death of a family member
• Divorce or family difficulties
• Financial difficulties
• Interpersonal problems
Appeals must be submitted in writing, together with supporting documentation, within 10 days of the notification of suspension. An SAP Appeals Committee will consider each case and their decision is final.
Entrance Counselling: US Federal Regulations require that all students who borrow Direct Loans, for the first time, undergo Entrance Counselling. It is most important that you understand your rights and responsibilities when borrowing Federal Student Loans.
You can complete your Entrance Counselling on the Federal Aid website here .
When you complete the online Entrance Counselling, please send a confirmation email to the school.
Exit Counselling: You are required to undergo Exit Counselling during your final year, before you graduate. Also, if you withdraw from the college, or drop below half-time attendance, you are required by law to have Exit Counselling, beforehand.
You can complete your Exit Counselling on the Federal Aid website here .
When you complete the online Exit Counselling, please send a confirmation email to the school.
If a student who is in receipt of US Federal Funding withdraws from the college, or takes unapproved leave of absence, during a loan period, the FAA will determine the amount of loan money to be returned to the Federal Student Aid Program.
Note: The return of Federal Loan Funds takes precedence over the college’s own tuition refund policy in the event of withdrawal. However, students should note that the return of loan funds does not cancel their liability to Mary Immaculate College for any tuition fee balance outstanding on their account.
When a student withdraws, the college is required to calculate the amount of “unearned” funds to be returned. Unearned funds are calculated pro-rata, based on the number of days attended during the loan period, up to the date that notice of withdrawal is received by the college. The FAA will calculate the number of days attended as a percentage of the total number of days in the loan period. This determines the amount of “earned” funds, and any remaining “unearned” funds must be returned to the FSA program.
This calculation is applied to the total amount disbursed for the loan period. Therefore, a student who received a refund (for living expenses etc) from the college after tuition was deducted, will be required to repay the “unearned” portion.
Note: If a student attends for 60% or more of the loan period, no return of funds is required.
Return of Funds: When a student withdraws, the college is required to return any “unearned” funds, up to the net amount disbursed from each source, in the following order:
• Unsubsidized Direct Loans
• Subsidized Direct Loans
• Direct PLUS Loans
Loan Repayment: When a student withdraws, the college will inform the servicer of the date of separation, and the borrower “grace period” will commence. All loan funds received up to that date, including any funds given to the student for the loan period during which they withdrew, will be repayable at the end of the grace period, under the terms and conditions of the Master Promissory Note(s).
A small number of US lenders provide Private Education Loans for students studying at foreign schools. These loans are credit-based and generally require a good credit rating. Students with poor credit can be required to use a credit-worthy co-signer in order to secure a private loan. Private loans are not subject to the same regulations that govern the administration of US Federal Loans, and the SAR is not required. Most private loans are subject to loan fees which are added to the loan amount before interest rates are applied.
Note: You should study the Terms & Conditions of the loan very carefully and consult the lender if you require further clarification, before you submit an application.
Loan Amounts: Private loan amounts can vary, depending on the lender and the type of loan. Some lenders offer loan amounts up to the full COA (less other Financial Aid), while others impose maximum limits, regardless of COA.
The grace period, whether here or in the US, always starts when the student is no longer enrolled at least half time. Once students cease academic activity, they are considered as the equivalent of "Graduated" regardless of the date of parade on stage. In the case of US Federal loans for Postgraduate Students the date of submission of their thesis is the end of their academic activity so their grace period begins from then and not after the conferring ceremony the following January. Undergraduate students are reported as graduated once the spring semester results are released in mid-June.
Federal student aid for a short term, or a study abroad programme is processed by the students' home institution in the US so students should not apply separately for Federal Aid in these instances.
Mary Immaculate College is not authorized to certify student loans or deferments for US study abroad students who only plan to attend for a semester or for a one year study abroad experience to earn credits that apply toward or transfer into a degree program in which the student is enrolled in the US.
Students in receipt of US Financial Aid can only go on Erasmus/International Exchange to another institution that is eligible to administer US Financial Aid. As such if students are interested in going on Erasmus/International Exchange they must notify the Financial Aid administrator at MIC in advance so that she can identify the eligible institutions that students may attend.
Please note that students in receipt of US Financial Aid cannot go on International Exchange to the USA.
In terms of Co-Op placement, again students cannot return to the USA on their Co-Op/Internship placement.
The regulations are as follows:
Under §600.52, a foreign institution may not permit students to enroll in any course offered by the foreign institution that takes place in the United States, including research, work, internship, externship, or special studies. Despite this prohibition, independent research done by an individual student in the United States for not more than one academic year is permissible if it is conducted during the dissertation phase of a doctoral program under the guidance of faculty and the research can only be performed in the United States. (Additional guidance on the Title IV program ineligibility of foreign institution programs offered in the U.S. can be found in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-11-18.) Under §600.54(c), an eligible foreign institution may not enter into an arrangement under which a Title IV-ineligible entity provides any portion of the eligible institution’s programs (except for affiliation agreements for the provision of clinical training for foreign medical, veterinary, and nursing schools).
Distance Education programmes at Mary Immaculate College are not eligible for US Federal Aid loans.
The regulations are as follows:
Under §600.51(d), a program offered by a foreign institution may not include any use of a telecommunications course (distance education), correspondence course, or direct assessment, except that distance education technologies may be used to supplement and support instruction in a classroom located in the foreign country where the students and instructor are physically present.
Private Education Loans
Students can avail of most types of private education loans, however, some lenders restrict availability of certain loan products to US schools only. You should consult the lender.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefit
MIC is a GI Bill approved school.
Veterans who are eligible for VA Benefits should visit the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs website to apply for benefits online.
MIC will need to confirm your attendance before the funds will be released under the Veterans' Aid benefit package.
To enquire about using your VA Benefits to study in MIC, please email email@example.com
While Mary Immaculate College does not have full international scholarships available, there are many options available to you to avail of external sources of funding some of which we have listed below. We also encourage you to contact us about your options.
Global Greening Campaign:
Tourism Ireland and Education in Ireland have launched a very unique competition in partnership with Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and other Irish institutions, where you and your office can win a fantastic scholarship, including flights, for one of your students to come and study abroad here in Limerick, Ireland.
In order to be in with a chance to win this scholarship for a tuition waiver valued at approximately $6700 and free round-trip flights for one lucky student, all you and your university have to do is get involved in this year’s Global Greening Campaign for the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.
Over the last 11 years, Tourism Ireland has worked to ‘green’ iconic locations and buildings across the world from the Sydney Opera House to the Empire State Building. MIC has taken part by turning our beautiful, iconic Foundation Building green too! This year Tourism Ireland are partnering with Irish universities to encourage North American universities to turn their campuses green for Saint Patrick's Day. As such, we are asking you, as our partner, to help your campus turn green for the week of Saint Patrick’s Day 2021!
For more information on how to get involved please click here.
The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships Programme has been launched for 2021 by The Higher Education Authority of Ireland. There are 60 scholarships available. Generally MIC welcomes between 1 and 4 students each year on such scholarships. The scholarships include a tuition waiver from MIC for one year and a stipend of €10,000 from the Irish Government. The tuition waiver can be applied to any of the following:
- The final year of an undergraduate programme at MIC
- A 1-year taught masters programme
- 1 year of a PhD programme (Please note that students must undertake the full doctoral programme at MIC and must be in a position to finance the remaining years of their PhD programme themselves.)
The deadline for the submission of applications is 17.00 hours on 26 March 2021 (Irish Time).
The call document is available here
The application portal is available here. (All candidates will apply online through the centralised application system).
Inclusive Ireland Scholarships 2021: We are proud to partner with Diversity Abroad and Education in Ireland to announce the creation of the Inclusive Ireland Scholarship Programme. We are committed to providing academically rigorous and culturally immersive study abroad experiences for students from all backgrounds and identities. We believe that diversity among our visiting students only serves to enrich our society and our campus, and so we are excited to welcome a lucky scholarship recipient in Fall 2021. Please click here for information on how to apply.
Fellowship Training Programme: Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, offers scholarships to postgraduate students in certain partner countries through its Fellowship Training Programme. Visit the Irish Council for International Students for details on how to apply for this programme.
Other Sources: Many governments offer scholarships for international study; please check with your government's Department of Education. See some links below to a sample of scholarships that are available in Mexico and Colombia.
- Tuition & Other Fees
- Federal Aid