Report calls for overhaul of third-level fees

“A new report has recommended an overhaul of the type of third-level fee structure that the government is considering introducing in Ireland. The ‘Australian model’ of student contribution is believed to be the front runner among a number of options being assessed by Department of Education officials. However, new research commissioned by the Australian deputy prime minister and education minister, Julia Gillard, has recommended a raft of changes to the model. The model is based on a system of deferred loans, which means that students would start repaying the loans only when they are employed and earning more than a certain amount. One of the most controversial recommendations in the report which is currently being considered by the Australian government is the call for a move away from centralised allocation of publicly-funded places …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 1 March]

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