Third level colleges given power to set registration fee next year

Ireland“Third level institutions across the country have been given the power to set the cost of registration fees for students for the next academic year. The College View can exclusively reveal the decision made by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), which allows colleges to raise registration fees to €1,600 per student if they so wish. ‘This is a significant departure from previous Department of Education policy,’ said a former senior official from the department. ‘Students’ Union representatives know about this, local politicians know about this, but nothing is being done. There are even moves to change the nature of the ring fenced capitation so that additional monies could pay for the Registrar’s Department in colleges,’ he added. The College View understands that the HEA informed colleges of this decision in a letter and gave each college the power to set a registration fee of between €900 and €1,600 …” (more)

[Steven Conlon, The College View, 22 March]

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