Group proposes students pay contributions

Ireland“A top-level group will recommend some form of student or graduate contribution when it reports early next year, causing the Government further embarrassment on college fees. Without a contribution, the Government will need an extra €400m-€500m to fund the rapidly expanding third-level numbers. The Irish Independent has learned the national strategy group on higher education, chaired by economist Dr Colin Hunt, is to turn its attention to funding models shortly. This follows the weekend decision to take fees off the agenda before the next election …” (more)

[John Walshe and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 14 October]

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