Taoiseach dismisses UK and US style loan scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Leo Varadkar’s unclear plans for the proposed ‘Student Loan Scheme’ outraged the Union of Students in Ireland, who led the march for publicly funded education in Dublin on October 3rd …” (more)

[Cait Caden, Irish Times, 13 October]

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Do Student Loans Kill Dreams?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher-education institutes (HEIs) across Ireland are facing a major funding crisis. The Cassells report, published in March of last year by an expert group, concluded an increase of €600 million in funding annually would be needed by 2021, and a further increase of €1 billion would be needed by 2030. The report outlined three potential solutions for funding …” (more)

[Elizabeth Wells, University Observer, 13 October]

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A Student Loan System is Far From the Monster it is Often Depicted As

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite today’s announcement that the government will allocate an additional €47.5 million to the higher education sector in 2018, the perennial issue of the need for a new and sustainable funding model for Irish universities has been kicked down the road to be dealt with at a later date yet again. This isn’t hugely surprising but it is disappointing for third-level institutions and students alike …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 10 October]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I am glad to see The Irish Times has highlighted the third-level student demonstration against student loans and the underfunding of this sector (News, October 4th and 5th). In 2008, the Department of Education contributed €8,100 per student in our institutes of technology, while in 2017 it is spending only €3,950 per student …” (more)

[Fabian McGrath, Irish Times, 10 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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Education Is A Right – Not €20,000 of Debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“If you were to ask me what education is, I’d simply reply with saying education is a right, education is what we’re told is our passport to life, our key to unlocking a greater life for ourselves. What education is not? It’s not €20,000 in the red when we leave college and having this barrier in our lives …” (more)

[Laura Smith, Campus.ie, 7 October]

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It’s Time for Historic Decisions, USI President Tells 6,000-Strong Crowd at Education March 

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students were called to defy any suggestion of an income-contingent loan scheme today, as speech after speech at the March for Education warned the government of the repercussions of rejecting publicly funded education. For thousands of students marching today, this message is nothing new …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 4 October]

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Q&A: What’s the student protest about?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandQ. What’s today’s student protest about? In essence it’s about the need to invest in our cash-strapped third level education system – but it’s also a warning shot by students ahead of the budget to say a loan scheme is not the answer …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Avoiding excessive student debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last year in Ireland the Cassells Report (Investing in National Ambition: A Strategy for Funding Higher Education) offered three options for funding higher education. The third of these (deferred payment of fees through income-contingent loans) was clearly seen as the best option …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 October]

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Still no college funding model in upcoming budget

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Richard Bruton will be unable, in next week’s budget, to deliver any long-term outline of a third-level funding model. Despite his previous plans to have a political agreement on whether to significantly increase taxpayer investment or introduce an income-contingent student loans scheme, neither is now expected to be announced …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Varadkar takes UK-style loans for student fees off the table

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar shot down a British or US-style student loan scheme that would leave graduates being ‘saddled with enormous debts’. The future funding of the university system is under scrutiny with the Cassells Report putting student loans forward as an option of boosting cash-flow. But there remains a lack of clarity on how the soaring cost of third-level education will be funded …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe and Katherine Donnolly, Independent, 27 September]

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Taoiseach addresses education funding at Trinity event

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left them repaying substantial debts …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 27 September]

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I Won’t Saddle Students With ‘Enormous Debt’, Varadkar Tells Trinity on 425th Anniversary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the 425th anniversary of Trinity’s foundation, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told an audience in the College that he couldn’t support a funding model that would see students ‘saddled with enormous debt’. The thorny issue of a funding model has dominated debate in the higher education sector over the last several years …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 September]

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USI’s Demand to be Heard Represents a Much-Needed Shift

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“USI’s demand to be invited to speak – and subsequent protest – at Thursday’s Royal Irish Academy conference may seem a bit outlandish. After all, it was by and large set to be an academic discussion focused on the potential repercussions of an income-contingent loan scheme in Ireland – and not one for the various stakeholders to partake in …” (more)

[University Times, 10 September]

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Paying for third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The article ‘Why a student loan system is the best way to fund third-level’ (August 22nd) is an example of how solving one aspect of a problem may result in many unwanted outcomes …” (more)

[Marie Humphries, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Why a student loan system is the best way to fund third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the CAO points published this week, many parents are preparing to send their children to third level for the first time. Along with the understandable parental pride, there’s equally understandable angst over the hefty expense involved. The expected cost of financing a third-level student living at home is now just over €5,000 a year …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 August]

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Irish parents ‘open’ to idea of student loans, reveals survey

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

Ireland“Three out of four Irish parents think student loans could be a great idea according to a new survey, which also unsurprisingly reveals that parents appear increasingly unprepared for funding third-level education. The survey, carried out by Red C for Aviva, found considerable openness and some support for the idea of a student loan system with repayment to be contingent on the income earned by graduates …” (more)

[Fiona Reddan, Irish Times, 22 August]

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The Third-Level Sector Should Expect More Regulation, Not Less

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Threats to the autonomy of third-level institutions are amongst the biggest concerns of Provost Patrick Prendergast and his peers on the Irish Universities Association (IUA), so much so that it is one of the main reasons why they are so fervently arguing for the introduction of an income-contingent loan scheme above any other model …” (more)

[University Times, 23 July]

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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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‘I couldn’t imagine being able to afford loans of €20,000 for my degree’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The door to the introduction of student fees was left open this week after the government opposed a motion against third level student loans. The Labour motion raised in the Seanad called on the government to affirm its commitment to providing equality of access to education and to reject any move to implement an income contingent loan scheme to fund third level education …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 July]

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