College fees – what’s going on?

Ireland“Students – and their parents – have spent the past few months worrying about the re-introduction of college fees. So what is the Minister planning, and what will it mean for you? Speculation about the return of third-level fees has been continuing for months. When will we know the Government’s proposals? Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe will bring his recommended proposals to Cabinet shortly. So, are fees coming back? What we can say is that the era of free third-level education is coming to an end. Some other elements are clear. There will be a new system of graduate taxes and/or student loans. The new fees regime will begin in September 2010, and it will only apply to new entrants to college next year. Existing undergraduate students can breath easy …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 31 March]

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One Response to “College fees – what’s going on?”

  1. ruth Says:

    Hi,

    I have a query about the proposed changes that might occur in the mini Budget on April 7th.
    I have an undergratuate degree which is irrelevant to todays economy. I would like to upskill and do another degree which might make me more employable.Under the current scheme of things, one pursuing a 2nd degree is subject to the same fees a non EU student is liable for. Will the government make a change to this and allow those who want to upskill and further educate themselves and introduce a new system where everybody will be suject to the same fee system .In my opinion it’s financially difficult to pursue a 2nd degree as it costs over €30k. If they want a knowledge based economy reform in this area is necessary or everybody will require Social Welfare assistance in the future.

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