The Logic Behind the IUA’s U-Turn on Student Loans is Not So Sound

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Less than 18 months ago, Ned Costello, the then-CEO of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), told The University Times that a student loan scheme was the best solution to the higher education sector’s intractable funding problem. The heads of each of the seven universities were unanimous on the issue – and, as the representative body of Ireland’s universities, it was up to the IUA to see that it be implemented …” (more)

[University Times, 9 September]

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New thinking on funding for fairer tuition fees is needed, says DCU chief

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A university president has called for a radical new approach to third-level funding that would limit the number of students paid for by the State, while others, who could afford it, would be liable for full fees. Professor Brian MacCraith of Dublin City University (DCU) said there were ‘people who can afford to go to university, in the same way as they can afford to pay for private schools’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 September]

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Universities U-Turn on Loans

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities will no longer lobby the government to introduce a student loan scheme, marking a complete U-turn in their approach to the higher education funding crisis. In an interview with The University Times, the head of the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Jim Miley, said that universities are becoming ‘agnostic on loans’ …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 6 September]

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NI student loan debt hits almost £3.3bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2018 by steve

“Northern Ireland’s outstanding student debt stands at almost £3.3bn. The total tuition fee and maintenance loan debt has risen 10% since last year when it stood at just under £3bn. Only about one in six people in Northern Ireland have fully repaid their student loans …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 15 June]

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Student loan debt harms mental health, careers and home ownership for many years, study says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“Having large student loan debts leads to lower job satisfaction, harms people’s physical and mental health and affects their lifelong finances, a study has found. Such debts are more likely to make people delay buying a home and to mean that when they do take out a mortgage, they buy lower-value properties, the researchers say …” (more)

[Jane Dalton, Independent, 11 June]

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Student loans debate reignites as universities fall in rankings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“The debate on student loans reignited after startling university rankings showed Ireland can no longer claim a top 100 spot worldwide. Employers called for urgent Government action on funding for third-level education, including higher student fees linked to a loan system …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 8 June]

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Third Level Costs – Income Contingent Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 31st, 2018 by steve

Thomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will issue regarding the introduction of income contingent loans for third level education; the issues regarding student debt and the resulting barriers to education for persons from disadvantaged backgrounds that will be taken into account, which is the case in other jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22437/18] …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 May]

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What chance is there of a loans scheme for higher education?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2018 by steve

I’m a parent of a student that’s due to go to third level. We don’t qualify for grants, but the €3,000 fee is a very big burden. Is there any chance of a loan scheme being introduced to replace fees? Recommendations to introduce an income-contingent loan scheme for higher education – outlined as one of a number of options in the Cassells report – are dead in the water, awaiting a decent burial …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 May]

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Irish students in UK ‘will escape higher fees’ in wake of Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish students in the UK won’t have to pay higher ‘international’ fees and will still be able to access student loans after Brexit. British government minister Sam Gyimah told a high-level conference in London he is committed to maintaining rights of Irish students to access higher and further education on equal terms with UK nationals …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 May]

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Student loans ‘off the table’ for lifetime of current Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 27th, 2018 by steve

“The introduction of a State student loans scheme is ‘off the table’ for the lifetime of the current Government. The Union of Students in Ireland said it ‘cautiously’ welcomes a statement from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, that the issue of student loans is ‘off the table’ while the current Government is in office …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 27 April]

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The Latest Twist in the Third-Level Funding Saga

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s beginning to look highly unlikely that a decision on third-level funding will be made before the next general election. An economic analysis of the three options set out by the Cassells report, requested by the committee and carried out by the Department of Education, will now take place, the Irish Times reported this week. In the words of Richard Bruton, ‘it is not possible at this stage to give a timescale for its completion’ …” (more)

[University Times, 15 April]

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Minister Bruton needs to rule out student loan schemes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, needs to rule out student loan schemes. Senator Ó Ríordáin said: ‘The Government has been sitting on the report carried out by Peter Cassells into the future of higher education funding for months now. Three options were laid on the table, one of which is publicly funded higher education. The onus is on Ministers Bruton and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 12 April]

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Student loans and third-level funding off the agenda

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 12th, 2018 by steve

“Student loans are off the agenda for the lifetime of this Government, at least, as the hot political potato of who should bear the cost of paying for third-level is put on the long finger. There is also no prospect of a major increase in State funding for the third-level sector, which would be an alternative to asking students to pay higher fees through a loan scheme …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 April]

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Work on student loan scheme under way, says Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“Minister for Education Richard Bruton said it was not possible to say how much a student loan scheme for higher education would cost as work was only now beginning on a detailed economic analysis. It is almost two years since the Cassells report on the future funding of higher education was published and recommended urgent changes to ensure the system was ‘fit for purpose’ …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 April]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2018 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce an income contingent student loan system for third level education; when he plans to carry out funding reforms in this sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 February]

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Student loans: a blight that we should not spread

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following the €47.5m increase in higher education funding in the budget, three options have taken centre stage as possible structural solutions to university funding crisis in Ireland: a state-funded system, in which student contributions are abolished, increased state funding with a continuation of student fees (similar to the current system), or a student loan scheme similar to that of the United Kingdom …” (more)

[Sam Power, Trinity News, 11 January]

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University chief calls for college fees to be doubled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 100,000 students at Irish universities should pay tuition fees of up to €6,000 a year – twice the current charge – according to retiring NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne who says the idea of free fees is simply ‘naive’. Higher fees should be accompanied by a new scheme of loans which students would start repaying once they reach a certain income threshold after graduation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 December]

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Limerick IT president’s warning on college loan risks

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of LIT has warned of the dangers of financing third level education with income-contingent loans (ICLs), describing it as a potential significant barrier to education. Professor Vincent Cunnane made the comments during his speech at Limerick Institute of Technology’s graduation ceremony last Thursday …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 6 November]

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The Strange Death of Student Loans

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

Ireland“Something is afoot in higher education. A few years ago, in the Rose Garden of 10 Downing St, soon-to-be Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made supporting income-contingent loan schemes the price of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 November]

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Why student loans are a confidence trick for the 85%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 26th, 2017 by steve

“The current system of university student funding in England is a confidence trick. It is an attempt to defraud a group of people – poorer students and their families – after having gained their trust by pretending that the system is fair and they will be treated equally …” (more)

[Danny Dorling, Wonkhe, 26 October]

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