FG Propose New Graduate PRSI Contribution Scheme & Rules Out Return of 3rd Level Fees – Kenny

Ireland“Fine Gael today ruled out the introduction of 3rd Level College fees and said that a new Graduate PRSI contribution scheme would raise in the region of €500m per year for the 3rd level sector. The new scheme proposed by Fine Gael would allow for the abolition of college registration fees and see new entrants to college, after graduation, make a contribution through the PRSI system to the value of 30% of the cost of their college education. These funds would be ring fenced for the 3rd level sector. Speaking at the launch of the Green Paper The Third Way prepared by the Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD, the Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD said: ‘The future prosperity of this country depends on getting higher education right. As these proposals show, Fine Gael is determined to reform the higher education sector and reposition our Universities and Institutes to become world leaders in education. Delivering quality higher level education cannot be left to chance. …’ …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 18 March]

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