PRSI scheme is a better alternative to hitting hard working parents with third level fees

Ireland“Local TD Deirdre Clune has called on the Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe, to reform higher education not by forcing hard working parents to pay third level fees but by embracing the package of reforms and the new funding system proposed by Fine Gael. Fine Gael’s Green Paper on Reform of Higher Education has ruled out the introduction of Third Level College fees and instead proposed a new Graduate PRSI contribution scheme that would raise in the region of €500m per year for the sector. The new scheme would allow for the abolition of college registration fees, which increased from €900 to €1,500 in the October Budget as a system of fees by the backdoor. Instead the new system would 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 …” (more)

[Deirdre Clune TD, 19 March]

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