Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will oppose an end to the free fees scheme and abolish the student registration charges in view of the recent figures on the number of students in receipt of grants in third level institutions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Third Level Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandBilly Lawless (Independent): … In 1995 the then Government decided to abolish undergraduate fees for Irish and other EU students. The scheme was generally referred to as the free fees initiative. Fees were cut by 50% in 1995 and eliminated thereafter. In announcing the introduction of free fees in Ireland on 9 February 1995 the then Minister, Niamh Bhreathnach, expressed to Dáil Éireann the universality dimension to what was a radical change in third level education in the State …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 21 February]

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Despite ‘free fees’, are universities still bastions of privilege?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At one point, Dylan McGowan was working five nights a week in a Smyth’s toy store to help make ends meet while in college. Now, as president of the students’ union at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, McGowan sees large numbers of students struggling to overcome financial hurdles on a daily basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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The Fact That Free Fees Aren’t Even on the Table is Absurd

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In September, the Editorial Board of The University Times warned us not to expect ‘anything innovative from the higher education funding working group’ – saying that it had become apparent that the ‘only proposal under serious consideration was a combination of tuition fees and a loan scheme’. Since then, every indication and whisper from the working group or those who have engaged with it has pointed to that same conclusion …” (more)

[University Times, 7 December]

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Third Level Charges – Online Courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 7th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to introduce assistance with the cost of fees for persons living in remote areas who wish to access online and accredited third level and fourth level courses; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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University funding and rankings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I welcome the letter from my distinguished colleague, Frank Bannister (October 15th). When a great university such as UCD declines to below 200 in the World Rankings we must say that enough is enough. Nor can we accept spin about Trinity itself in the ‘prestigious’ top 150 …” (more)

[Gerald Morgan, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Where the money will come from

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“One of the many ironies of ‘free fees’ for higher education is that they didn’t even succeed in getting Niamh Bhreathnach re-elected. The minister for education who introduced the measure in 1995, at a time when Labour was trying to strengthen its middle-class vote, lost her seat in the general election just two years later …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Education Grants – Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the review of eligibility under the free fees initiative will be completed, particularly in respect of the eligibility of free fees in the case whereby a student is given Irish citizenship during their course of study; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 March]

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There’s Nothing Realistic about the Alternatives to Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2012 by steve

“The debate about how to fund third-level education has often been framed in terms of ‘realism’ by those opposed to the idea of free education, either on principle or on a practical basis …” (more)

[Eoghan Boyce, Trinity News, 26 May]

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Time to Unite Behind our Decision and Fight for Free Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2012 by steve

“The decision made by USI’s National Council to ask its members’ opinion on the funding of higher education by means of a nationwide online ballot was criticised by many on all sides of the political spectrum …” (more)

[Aengus Ó Maoláin, Trinity News, 26 May]

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Free Fees: Chasing the Rainbow

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2012 by steve

“Third-level education in Ireland is at crisis point. The scenario is simple: costs are soaring and standards are plummeting. Seemingly the only constant third level students can rely on is the USI and their stance on fees …” (more)

[David Barker, Trinity News, 25 May]

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Never Mind the Neoliberalism: Free Fees is the Only Sensible Option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 25th, 2012 by steve

“There have been many comments made about the outcome of the USI special congress, with considerable criticism of the continued ‘free fees’ stance. In particular it has been labelled unrealistic given the current economic climate …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Raghallaigh, Trinity News, 25 May]

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‘Free Fees’ Impractical, But We Do Have Options

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 24th, 2012 by steve

“Yesterday the delegates to USI Congress stated their preference (by a slim margin) for 100% exchequer funding as the means by which higher education should be funded. It is important that Trinity students recognise the validity of this conclusion as a representation of the views of students all over Ireland …” (more)

[Rachel Barry, Trinity News, 24 May]

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USI reaffirms its commitment to free education – now it’s time to fight for it

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 24th, 2012 by steve

“In UCD today, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) voted to re-affirm its commitment to fighting for ‘100% Exchequer Funded Education’ (or free fees as it’s commonly known). While the voting process was of questionable legitimacy …” (more)

[Aidan Rowe, The Student Observer, 24 May]

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Dispute erupts over USI’s student fees poll

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Members of the Union of Students of Ireland have voted by a slim majority to maintain the union’s policy of seeking free fees for third-level students …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 23 May]

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The Myth of Free Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 26th, 2011 by steve

“University students seem to be unanimously keen on keeping third-level education as it is – free and ‘accessible to all’. There is no selfishness in their desire to keep education this way, as it proves that we live in an egalitarian society, and that the system provides equal opportunities to those from different socio-economic backgrounds …” (more)

[Lucy Byrne, University Times, 26 October]

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