University Student Charges and USI’s Student Levy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“With September looming, the annual news cycle has invariably turned to the perennial problem of student accommodation, or, more correctly, the lack of it. What is increasingly clear is that, with their eye-watering rents, the newly built purpose built student accommodation blocks found on most college campuses have done little to alleviate the issue. In fact, far from providing a solution to the accommodation problem, they are starting to look more like corporate investment vehicles …” (more)

[Donal Horgan, The Burkean, 24 August]

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Families who cannot afford university should consider ‘regional options’ – Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Families who cannot afford to send their children to university should consider more affordable options in regional colleges, Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said. He was speaking after more than 58,000 students received their Leaving Cert results on Tuesday morning …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 August]

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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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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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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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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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McHugh Quizzed Again On Student Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Joe McHugh has said reducing student contribution charges by a third would cost the government over €76 million, while taking €500 off the charge would set the Department of Education back €38 million …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 12 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of a reduction of €100 to the student contribution at third-level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 July]

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Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full-year cost of reducing the student contribution rate by €250, €500 or €1,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 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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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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UCD Sports Clubs told to Support Student Levy or Face Funding Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sports club auditors were tonight handed a document by UCD Staff calling for their support to maintain the student levy at its current rate or else face cuts to student services across campus. The document handed to auditors mentions that certain clubs would face closures, be forced to pay rent for facilities and would see supports for teams reduced if the levy was not continued …” (more)

[Aaron Bowman, College Tribune, 4 March]

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Third Level Fees – Cost of Abolition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated first and full year cost of abolishing third-level fees …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Students left out in the cold in Budget 2019 – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said that students have been completely forgotten in this year’s budget once again. Teachta Funchion said: ‘Year after year, budget after budget, students undertaking third level education are on their own under the current Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government …'” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 10 October]

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Third Level Charges: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of each €100 reduction in the student contribution charge at third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Third Level Expenditure: Student Contribution Charge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Eamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per annum of maintaining third level charges at their current rate for each year of the next five years; the cost of abolishing all such fees for each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Third Level Charges – Student Contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Richard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reduce or abolish the student contribution for third level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 July]

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College approached HEA over undergrad levy of €1500

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian Matthews, had considered the idea of placing a €1500 capital levy on undergraduate students. The remarks were made at a ‘town hall’ meeting hosted by the Trinity Graduate Students’ Union (GSU). Matthews stated that it was his idea and that he took ‘ownership of it’ …” (more)

[Rory O’Neill, Trinity News, 23 January]

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