Labour’s Higher Education Failings Make Seanad Motion More Than a Little Infuriating

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There is little point in relitigating one of the most extraordinary U-turns in the history of higher education policy in Ireland: that of then-Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who, just weeks after signing a giant pledge on behalf of the Labour Party to freeze the student contribution charge at €1,500, announced that the fee would, after all, have to be increased to €2,000 (and this was just the first in a whole series of increases) …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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Third Level Charges: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 1st, 2017 by steve

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reduce the student contribution charge in third level education; his views on an organisation’s (details supplied) call for the charge to be reduced by a minimum of €250; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 June]

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Third Level Charges: Reducing the Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of reducing the student contribution charge by €250, €500, €1,000, €2,000 and €3,000, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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Third Level Charges – Student Contribution Charge

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

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2017 and in a full year for every €250 reduction in the third level student contribution charge …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 September]

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Third Level Charges – Student Contribution Charge

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

IrelandRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to the State of abolishing the student contribution charge for third level education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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USI demanding €500 reduction in annual student fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Student leaders have called for a minimum €500 cut in the annual third-level contribution of €3,000. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says the upcoming Budget must include an investment of €140m for higher education, but that students should pay less …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 September]

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FactCheck: Do Irish students really pay some of the highest fees in the world?

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

Ireland“Almost 60,000 people got their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday, and many are nervously waiting for the first round of CAO offers next week. But how is the ‘student contribution’ looking these days, and how does it compare to their scholarly counterparts in Europe and around the world? …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 August]

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Here’s what Ireland’s top universities are making from student contributions

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

Ireland“Twenty-eight of Ireland’s top third-level institutions took in a combined €396 million in registration fees in the last academic year. This is more than double the €185 million that pertained among the same institutions six years previously …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 August]

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Third Level Funding – Student Contribution Charge

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

IrelandNoel Rock (Dublin North West, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of subsidising third level institutions if the student contribution charge were reduced to €0, €100 or €250; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 19 July]

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Student Support Schemes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of the €407 million he allocated for the purposes of student support and related expenses, that is paid to education institutions to cover the student contribution; the amount that is paid for the purposes of student maintenance and the amount paid for staff or administration purposes; the additional moneys not accounted for, in this allocation, including the purpose of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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Labour pledges ‘affordable’ education plan ‘in the context of a recovered economy’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Labour have launched their plan for education, promising to reduce class sizes to record lows. They say they will reduce the average class sizes in primary school to just 20 students, while cutting the student-teacher ratio in secondary schools to 17 to 1. Labour have promised to cut €500 off the student contribution for third level …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 16 February]

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Student Contribution Will Not Rise for Five Years, if Fianna Fáil Elected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In their manifesto, released today, Fianna Fáil has promised to prevent any increase in the student contribution for the next five years if elected. The party has made what appears to be a strong stance on third-level fees, accompanied by a commitment to increased exchequer funding for the third-level sector …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, University Times, 11 February]

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Social Democrats Would Reduce Student Contribution by €1000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Social Democrats will commit to reducing the student contribution charge by €1,000 as part of their general election manifesto, which is due to be launched this morning. They will also propose the reintroduction of maintenance grants for postgraduate students …” (more)

[Chris McMahon, University Times, 22 January]

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Third Level Fees: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 22nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of subsidising third level institutions in order that the student contribution charge is reduced to €500, €1,000, €1,500, €2,000, €2,500 or abolished altogether; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 January]

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Jan O’Sullivan pledges to cut third-level fees by €500

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has pledged to cut the €3,000 student contribution fee by €500 if the Labour Party is returned to government. In a speech last night, she said the reduction would come into force in 2017, along with extra funding for higher education, to help meet the cost of growing numbers of students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 January]

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Labour Promises to Reduce Student Contribution Charge by €500 if Elected

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, has tonight committed to reducing the student contribution by €500 if Labour is in government after the next election, as well as plans for €100 million in additional funding to higher education and supports to postgraduate students …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 20 January]

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Student Support Schemes: Reduction of Student Contribution Fee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2015 by steve

IrelandJonathan O’Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reducing the student contribution fee by €250; and by €500 …” (more)

[Dáil Eireann Written Answers, 15 July]

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Third Level Charges: Increase in Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her Department’s estimates for the amount of extra revenue that will accrue to universities, colleges and institutes of technology in 2016, as a result of the increase in the student contribution fees to €3,000 for free-fee students …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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Government must act to help with cost of third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I am a mother of five children. I work in the public service and my husband is a sub-contractor. I have two children in college and I am writing to make people aware of the financial burden that third-level education is putting on parents …” (more)

[Independent, 27 March]

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Student fees to be frozen at €3,000 for 2016 vows minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The third-level student contribution charge will be frozen at €3,000 for 2016, Education Minster Jan O’Sullivan has pledged. It effectively kicks the thorny issue to touch until after next year’s general election …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 March]

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