Funding crisis of third-level colleges set to deepen

Ireland“The funding crisis facing third- level colleges is set to deepen as a result of cuts detailed in the revised estimates yesterday. The figures come only weeks before the Government considers an options paper prepared by Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe that this could herald the end of ‘free-fees’. Grants for current spending for all third-level colleges is cut. TCD is cut from €101 million to €93 million; UCD from €136 to €128 million; UCC from €90 million to €85 million: NUI Maynooth from €33 million to €32 million; UL from €63 million to €57 million: DCU from €54 to €49 million; and NUI Galway from €79 million to €75 million. The figures also show the huge dependence of third-level colleges on exchequer funding paid by the State in lieu of free fees …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 24 April]

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