Education Minister denies ‘electioneering’ over student fees and accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The education minister has denied he is electioneering over promises to freeze student fees. Joe McHugh has previously promised there will be no increase to the €3,000 student registration fee, and he says he does not see any price hike if Fine Gael remain in government – a statement that has been criticised as ‘electioneering’ as the nation prepares for an upcoming general election in 2019 or 2020 …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Belfast Telegraph, 13 August]

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Provost Patrick Prendergast has argued that ‘a system that has a mixture of public and private funding is the best’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that higher education could become a ‘crisis issue’ if the government fails to invest in the sector soon, arguing that loans schemes ‘should be investigated further’ as universities battle intractable financial problems …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 August]

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No input from Department of Finance in promise to freeze college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh’s political promise to freeze college fees for five years was made without any input from the Department of Finance, the Irish Examiner understands. The promise to freeze fees at €3,000 a year for college students was made by Mr McHugh despite ongoing demands from universities for the Government to address a major funding shortfall in the sector …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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IUA Response to comments from Minister McHugh regarding the freezing of student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister McHugh has made clear that Fine Gael and the Government will not introduce student loans and will not increase fees. So, that tells us what the Minister will not do, we now need to hear what he and Fine Gael will do to solve the long-accepted funding crisis …” (more)

[IUA, 12 August]

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Editorial: ‘Vow on college fees welcome but plans for funding needed’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college is expensive so Education Minister Joe McHugh’s promise to freeze fees for the next five years will be welcomed by students and their parents. A similar promise has already been made by Fianna Fáil so we can be reasonably sure that fee rises won’t happen for the foreseeable future …” (more)

[Independent, 12 August]

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Freeze on student fees puts McHugh under pressure on third-level funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh has been told he must come up with a solution to the shortfall in third-level funding after he ruled out hiking students’ fees for the next five years. The call comes as universities are looking for an extra €117m in State funding for next year to pay for their basic operations …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 12 August]

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Student loan scheme ruled out, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A formal loan scheme for third-level students will not be introduced and college fees will be frozen, the Government has pledged. Minister for Education Joe McHugh said university registration fees will not go beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to Government after the next general election …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Education Minister Vows Not to Increase Fees for Next Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged not to raise college fees past €3,000 for the next five years if his party is returned to government in the next general election. In a move that echoes the recent promise by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to increase Ireland’s fees …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 11 August]

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Poll: Is the €3,000 cap on college fees too high or too low?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Joe McHugh has told the Sunday Independent that college fees will be frozen for five years if Fine Gael returns to government after the next general election. The cap for annual registration fees is €3,000 per year and McHugh told the paper that the party has ‘no plans’ to increase that …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 August]

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‘We want to ease college costs burden’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The receptionist in the Department of Education almost whispers ‘he’s very down to earth’ as the Sunday Independent waits to be called to Education Minister Joe McHugh’s office for a rare interview with. You would wonder if previous incumbents of the office were possibly not as grounded as the affable Donegal man or indeed ministers in general …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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College fees to be ‘frozen for 5 years’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael is promising not to hike college fees or bring in controversial student loans to be repaid after graduation. Education Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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Loan Schemes May Be Third-Level’s Best – and Most Equitable – Option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin made headlines yesterday morning when, at a prominent higher education funding conference, he confessed that, if in government, Fianna Fáil would not abolish student fees, and would consider the introduction of student loans. This bombshell, contained within an otherwise lengthy and relatively uncontroversial speech, is likely to provoke cries of derision from across the political spectrum …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 18 July]

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The Government’s Inertia on Cassells Is Now Bordering on the Absurd

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was around this time three years ago that the Cassells report – a groundbreaking review of potential higher education funding strategies – was officially released. Three years later, and still the government has failed to act. There’s been talk. Committees have convened. Options have been discussed. But the government has consistently failed to deliver on the report’s most crucial recommendation: action …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 15 July]

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Capitation Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if universities are free to set out their own level of non-refundable capitation fee for students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 July]

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Abolishing Fees Would Cost Government €229m, Says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The abolition of the student contribution fee would cost the government €229 million, according to Minister for Education Joe McHugh. McHugh, answering questions in the Dáil this week, said the cost of abolishing Ireland’s fees – which currently stand as the second highest in the EU – would hit the budget of the government’s grant scheme …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 5 July]

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Northern Ireland students and EU fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students domiciled in Northern Ireland who wish to enter third-level education in institutions here in September 2020 and in the years following will be considered non-EU students; if they will be required to pay the non-EU rate of student fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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Third Level Fees – Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 4th, 2019 by steve

IrelandKathleen Funchion (Carlow-Kilkenny, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost to abolish higher level education fees for both institutes of technology and universities …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 July]

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UCC Students Must Beat Fee Increases – Or Students Everywhere Could Suffer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“If national media outlets this week dedicated unusually significant coverage to students in University College Cork (UCC) protesting a proposed 120% increase to their capitation fee, it was hardly any wonder. It’s not hard to see that the move, which would see students paying €370 each per year in capitated fees by 2023, has huge implications for students all over the country …” (more)

[University Times, 30 June]

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UCC President Meets with Students’ Union Following Protests over Capitation Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday evening, members of the UCC Student’s Union met with the President of UCC, Prof Patrick O’Shea, following protests earlier in the day over the decision to increase the student capitation fee by 120% …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 26 June]

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UCC student fee increase without referendum ‘sets a dangerous precedent’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Increasing the student capitation fees at University College Cork without a student referendum sets a dangerous precedent for the future, according to the president of the university’s Student’s Union. Alan Hayes was speaking at a protest outside the president’s office at UCC on Wednesday …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 26 June]

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