Leaving Certificate examination fees
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.
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.
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 7 February 2018. 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 8 February and 28 February 2018 inclusive). A second late fee of €52 per subject in addition to the normal fee will apply to applications made from 1 March to 27 April 2018. 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.
School-based students sitting the Leaving Certificate examination for the first time in 2018 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 2018 pay fees on a sliding scale as follows:
|No. of Subjects||Fees per subject|
|3 or more||€326|
You can find further information about Leaving Certificate fees on the State Examinations Commmission website.
Where to apply