University heads want fees paid by student loans

“University presidents will lobby for the introduction of an Australian-style student loan system when they meet Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe tomorrow. The seven college heads have decided to oppose the return of the old fees regime, abolished in 1995, as problematic and inequitable. Instead, they favour a system where Exchequer support for colleges would be “topped up” by student fees. But the cost of these fees would be lent to students and repaid once they start working. They say this would help shift the burden of college fees from the parent to the student who actually benefits from higher education …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 23 September]

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