Oireachtas Joint Committee Recommendations on students at Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the recommendations of the all-party committee will be implemented to allow all full time low-income QQI degree students receive their SUSI entitlement and to allow them access to the HEA student hardship fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Northern Ireland student loses High Court battle over being denied funding for Dublin degree course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Northern Ireland student has lost a High Court battle over being denied funding for a degree course in Dublin. Aimee Liggett was seeking to challenge a Department for the Economy decision that law studies she wanted to undertake were not eligible for financial support …” (more)

[Alan Erwin, Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Committee calls for grants to be made available at private colleges

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

Ireland“Hundreds of students from less well-off families who attend private third-level colleges in Ireland should be entitled to grants, an Oireachtas committee has recommended. Unlike the rest of the higher education sector, students at private colleges – such as Griffith College and Dublin Business School – are not entitled to grant support, even though these courses are approved by the State’s education quality watchdog, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) …” (more)

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

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Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandRecommendations: ‘… The Committee further recommends that, subject to the course and college being QQI approved, eligibility for a maintenance grant should be based on the means of the student rather than on the choice of college. This approach could result in an increase in competition among colleges and may reduce costs. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled at private colleges should, if eligible under the relevant SUSI criteria, be entitled to the same value of SUSI funding for payment of annual degree course fees that they would receive at an equivalent course in a state funded higher education institution. The Committee further recommends that students enrolled in private colleges should be entitled to access the Student Assistance Fund.’

Houses of the Oireachtas, Joint Committee on Education and Skills, Report on the eligibility of maintenance grants to students (Wake-up SUSI), September 2017.
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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make a decision on maintenance grants for third level students that attend private colleges …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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205 studying CAO courses in private colleges missing out on Susi grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 third-level students who meet the criteria for a grant are losing out – because they are studying in private colleges. The students are on CAO courses in institutions such as Griffith College and DBS, Dublin, where typical fees are about €5,000 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 October]

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Meeting of the Committee on Education and Skills, Thursday 13 October 2016

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Meeting of the Committee on Education and Skills, Thursday 13 October 2016, Webcast Recording. CR1, LH 2000, 9.00 a.m. Non-payment of maintenance grants to students attending private higher education colleges [Representatives from Wake Up SUSI] and Engagement with Mr Michael Horgan, Chairperson Designate, Higher Education Authority (HEA)” (video).

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 13 October]

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Student Support Schemes – Private Third Level Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2016 by steve

IrelandSeán Haughey (Dublin Bay North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will make the Student Universal Support Ireland grant scheme, the disability access route to education scheme and the HEA student assistance fund scheme available to students of private third level colleges such as Griffith College in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 October]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Private Colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of full-time students that applied via the Central Applications Office for a State approved Quality and Qualifications Ireland degree in third level institutions such as Dublin Business School and Griffith College, Dublin that cannot apply for a Student Universal Support Ireland grant; his plans to extend the availability of the grant to students at these third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 July]

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Sophie eligible but still denied college grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Cork teen who was denied a college grant, despite meeting the eligibility criteria of the means test, has started a protest campaign. Sophie Wright, 19, from Dillon’s Cross, has learned that students who attend private colleges are disqualified from receiving maintenance grants allocated by SUSI …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 8 July]

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Private-college students refused grants despite being eligible says union officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students eligible for SUSI grants are being denied their funding due to their intention to pursue education at a private college, Griffith College student union officer Michael McNamara has said. Students intending to Griffith College Dublin, Cork and Limerick have been denied SUSI funding, despite eligibility for the grant …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 July]

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Students run up major debts over grant issue, campaign warns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of low-income college students who attend private colleges are running up major debts because they are not eligible for grants, campaigners have warned. While grants are available for eligible students in State-funded third-level institutions, no such support is available to those in so-called independent colleges …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Third Level Institutions: Private Colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJohn Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the system of degree courses being offered by private colleges which cost large amounts of money to complete but are not recognised in countries outside our own …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Transatlantic trade deal talks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by Chambers Ireland (November 1st) is misguided. The proposed inclusion of an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism in TTIP and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would give secret decisions in boardrooms overseas more control of Irish education than the Department of Education …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 10 November]

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Private expansion has let in ‘a lot of dross’, Cable says

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2014 by steve

UK“The coalition’s move to allow for-profit colleges more access to student loans opened the door to ‘a lot of dross’, Vince Cable has admitted …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 7 October]

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Inequality In The Third Level Grant System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“As a young parent I know what sort of hardships come with the package as soon as your little bundle of joy arrives. The stress, the worry – it can all take its toll on your physical and mental health. Of course, even with all the hardships of being a parent, it is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have …” (more)

[Ashton Burke Doyle, Krank.ie, 25 September]

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The benefits of going to a private college? List them again …

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2013 by steve

“There was a short piece in the SBP a while back on the ‘benefits of going to a private college’. It’s odd, in a few hundred words one would think that such benefits could be outlined clearly, but apparently not …” (more)

[The Cedar Lounge Revolution, 29 August]

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Misery after college collapse

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2012 by steve

“An Indian student has claimed the collapse of a private Irish college has ruined his career and wiped out his father’s hard-earned life savings. Vikram Paul Singh, 25, and 16 other students from India, Pakistan and Nepal face the loss of over €85,000 after Cork International College (CIC) ceased operations …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 4 November]

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Private universities complain of insecurity

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2012 by steve

“On the face of it, private providers of higher education have never had it so good. Long regarded as a threat by many in the sector, they have been warmly welcomed by the coalition government. And business is booming. Yet senior figures in the private sector are getting anxious …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 1 October]

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Private providers among those chosen for London Met students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2012 by steve

“Three of the 15 institutions initially chosen as potential destinations for London Metropolitan University’s overseas students are commercial operators, it has emerged, after a £2 million fund was announced by the government to help students transfer …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 14 September]

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