Leaving Certificate examination fees

Information

Students who are taking or repeating the Leaving Certificate must pay examination fees in order to sit the exams. If you or your parent(s) or guardian(s) hold a medical card, you are exempt from these fees.

Rules

If you are taking the Leaving Certificate in a school setting, your school will give you a form. You make the payment through a bank and the bank must stamp the form. You then return the form to the school.

If you, your parent(s) or guardian(s) hold a current medical card you do not have to pay the fee. Put the details of the medical card on the fee payment form and return the form to the school.

External students

If you are an external student (that is, you are sitting your examinations outside of a school setting), you can either apply and pay online or get a form from the Entries section of the State Examinations Commission (see 'Where to apply') and pay through a bank.

For external students the fee is due to be paid by 8 February 2017. If you have not paid your exam fees on time, you can still pay but you will be charged an extra fee per subject (currently €32 per subject for applications received between 9 February and 28 February 2017 inclusive). A second late fee of €52 per subject in addition to the normal fee will apply to applications made from 1 March to 29 April 2017. Entries for subjects with a practical, oral or project component will not be accepted at this stage.

External candidates who hold a current medical card do not have to pay the fee but are still liable for late fees if they apply after the deadline.

Rates

School-based students sitting the Leaving Certificate examination for the first time in 2017 must pay a fee of €116. External candidates sitting the exam for the first time pay a fee of €71 for one or two subjects and €116 for 3 or more subjects. If your parents or guardian hold a current medical card, you do not have to pay the fee.

School-based students repeating the Leaving Certificate must pay a fee of €301.

External candidates repeating the Leaving Certificate in 2017 pay fees on a sliding scale as follows:

No. of Subjects Fees per subject
1 subject €116
2 subjects €211
3 or more €326

You can find further information about Leaving Certificate fees on the State Examinations Commmission website.

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission

Cornamaddy
Athlone
Westmeath
Ireland

Tel:(090) 644 2700
Fax:(090) 644 2744
Homepage: http://www.examinations.ie/

Page edited: 8 February 2017