Recent Research on Income-Contingent Student Loans

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

Ireland“The topic has been back in the news again in recent weeks because of the dissemination of a paper by Shaen Corbet and Charles Larkin, which claims to show that an ICL could not work in Ireland …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Darragh Flannery and Kevin Denny, The Irish Economy, 24 May]

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Income-Contingent Loans Would be a Risky Course of Action for Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The work done by Peter Cassells and his team, supported by Dr Aedín Doris of Maynooth University and Prof Bruce Chapman of the Australian National University, did an excellent job of highlighting the challenges facing higher education. The sector is in crisis due to several years of budget cuts and asset sweating …” (more)

[Charles Larkin, University Times, 19 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – John Thompson (May 16th) proposes a system of financial incentives for students to study third-level courses in areas where there is a skills shortage. Such incentives would encourage students to choose a course based on affordability, instead of their interest in the subject or their aptitude for it …” (more)

[Jonathan Dukes, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It always amazes me that when considering third-level fees, no consideration is ever given to the notion of altering fees based on the courses of education studied. We have a huge shortage of qualified applicants for intellectually and financially rewarding careers in information technology (IT), for example, and yet the same fees system is applied to IT courses as to any other area of study …” (more)

[John Thompson, Irish Times, 16 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

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

Ireland“A chara, – Under the proposed income-contingent student loan scheme, graduates would take on a debt roughly equal to the size of a 10% deposit on the national average price of a house in Ireland …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Third-level education and loans system

Posted in Governance and administration on May 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – Tom Collins’s piece on higher education funding cites a claim that income-contingent loans can work in countries that are smaller than Ireland or larger (Education Opinion, May 11th). Remarkably, Ireland occupies a sweet spot that apparently just renders it impractical to have such a system …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Higher education is too important to saddle third-level students with debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Recent political events in the UK, US and France call attention to the risks of the neglect of higher education. In the case of the Brexit vote, for instance, the higher the level of education, the higher the EU support with university graduates. In fact, only three of the 35 areas where more than half of residents had a degree voted to leave the EU …” (more)

[Tom Collins, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Why I Can’t Support a Student Loan Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As a member of the Oireachtas Education Committee and Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, I have been closely monitoring the development of the debate in relation to income-contingent loans. At the outset, I must state that my own ideological viewpoint and that of my party, is that education is a fundamental right …” (more)

[Carol Nolan, University Times, 9 May]

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Debt, income and student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – The letter (May 5th) by student union leaders, and others, objecting to an income-contingent loan system for higher education, misses many important facts. The prospect of paying tuition costs of €16,000 or €20,000 for a degree may indeed seem high. However, the student would pay nothing up-front …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Concerns Over Loan Schemes Cannot go Unaddressed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“There are just a few months left before we are supposed to decide how higher education will be funded in Ireland, and those tasked with considering funding methods appear to be no clearer on what an income-contingent loan scheme means for Ireland, and whether it would work here at all …” (more)

[University Times, 7 May]

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Is student loan scheme a non-runner?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I have read Dr Aeidín Doris’s views on an income-contingent loan scheme for graduates, as quoted in an article on funding third-level education (‘Student loan scheme would “not hinder access” to college among poorer students’, May 2nd) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Higher Education Funding: Discussion

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): … I wish to welcome the following witnesses to the meeting: Dr Charles Larkin, Dr Shaen Corbet and Dr Aedín Doris from NUI Maynooth, in addition to Dr Darragh Flannery from the University of Limerick. They are here to make presentations on the future funding of higher education, and I thank them for sending on their opening statements concerning the Cassells Report …” (more)

[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, 2 May]

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University heads attack ‘flawed’ student loan paper

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

Ireland“University heads have sent a strongly worded letter to two senior academics attacking as ‘flawed’ a paper they have written setting out a case against a student loan scheme.The letter from the Irish Universities Association (IUA) questions the ‘methodology and approach’ of Dr Charles Larkin, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Shaen Corbet, Dublin City University …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 May]

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Student loan scheme is the best option for Ireland

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

Ireland“In March of last year, the final report of the expert group on future funding for higher education (the Cassells report) was published. It concluded that a sharp increase in funding is needed because of a combination of demographic growth and the need to reduce student-staff ratios to international norms …” (more)

[Aedín Doris, Irish Times, 3 May]

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Student loan scheme would ‘not hinder access’ to college among poorer students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A student loan scheme linked to graduates’ income would not hinder access to higher education by poorer students, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The possibility of such a loan scheme is being examined by the Oireachtas committee on education as part of a series of hearings over the future funding of higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 May]

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Student Loan Proposals ‘as clear as mud’ – Nolan

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Speaking today at the meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan said that there is huge uncertainty about the potential costs and operation of a student loan scheme …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 2 May]

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‘Higher tax alternative to student loans’ says academic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Higher taxes are the alternative to a student loan system, the Oireachtas education committee was told yesterday. Dr Aedín Doris, of Maynooth University, who has written a paper on student loans, said if there was an acceptance that higher education needed more money, there was ‘no way to do it cheaply’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 3 May]

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Student loan scheme ‘would spur an increase in emigration’ to avoid debts

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

Ireland“Students have warned a proposed loan scheme for college and university courses would spark a new emigration brain drain. The ‘study now pay later’ idea could see graduates pay back about €150 a month until they turn 33 in what researchers have claimed is the cheapest way to fund a major expansion of third level education …” (more)

[Independent, 2 May]

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Proposed loan scheme to fund third level education is a ‘return to full fees via back door’, according to Solidarity TD

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and certain politicians find themselves at odds with the Government’s proposed new loan scheme for third level education, saying that such plans are tantamount to a ‘return to full fees through the back door,’ and that the move would cause a ‘brain drain’ …” (more)

[Fernando Sanchez, TheLiberal.ie, 2 May]

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Students warn proposed loan scheme will start new ‘brain drain’

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has rejected claims student loans are an effective way to fund Irish third level education. A technical group is preparing to brief the Oireachtas on how a loan scheme would work in Ireland. But student leaders say such a scheme would be expensive to set up …” (more)

[Jack Quann, Newstalk, 2 May]

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