Third Level Fees – Debt Collection

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 142 of 1 December 2021, if he will consider introducing measures such as regulations or legislation that would prevent third-level institutions from passing on debts arising from unpaid fees to debt collectors; his views on the suggestion of a ban on preventing students graduating due to debts arising from fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 December]

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Third Level Fees – Debt Collection

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 3rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the practice of third-level institutions passing on student debt arising from unpaid fees to debt collectors; if he will introduce regulations to prevent the practice and to prevent the selling on of such debt to third-parties; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 December]

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Debt collectors asked to go easy on ‘hard up’ students

Posted in Legal issues on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“Debt collectors hired on behalf of NUI Galway to recover unpaid fees should be sensitive when dealing with people who are financially under pressure, student leaders have warned …” (more)

[Dara Bradley, Connacht Sentinel, 15 April]

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UCD hiring debt collectors to chase outstanding fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 16th, 2014 by steve

“The country’s biggest university is using a debt collection agency to recoup outstanding fees that could amount to nearly €1m, the Sunday Independent has learnt …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 16 March]

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Students who can’t afford fees unable to graduate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2013 by steve

“Dozens of third-level students saddled with thousands of euros of debt are unable to graduate every year …” (more)

[Fiona Ellis, Independent, 28 December]

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NUI Galway slammed for fees move

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway’s decision to engage the services of a debt collectors to pursue student fees has been described as ‘outrageous’ and a ‘further attack on low and middle-income families’ …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 17 June]

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College fee plan slammed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Galway Students’ Union has slammed the college’s plans to outsource fee collection, saying it could lead to students being harassed for payment during crucial exam periods …” (more)

[Marie Madden, Galway Independent, 5 June]

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NUIG is latest university to call in debt collectors over unpaid fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 29th, 2013 by steve

“Another Irish university is hiring debt collectors to tackle the growing problem of unpaid student fees …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Barry Duggan, Independent, 29 May]

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Irish grads sting UK for college fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on May 19th, 2013 by steve

“Irish students who studied in the UK and who have failed to repay more than €4.3m in student loans are to be tracked down by private investigators hired by the British government, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 19 May]

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EU graduates ‘cannot evade’ loan repayments

Posted in Legal issues on May 12th, 2013 by steve

“The government has warned overseas graduates who borrowed money to study in the UK that they cannot evade their obligation to repay by moving overseas. The response came after a Freedom of Information request by the Independent on Sunday revealed EU students owe the UK £50m in unpaid tuition fee loans …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 May]

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Third Level Fees – Debt Collection Agencies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the fact that it has now been reported that universities are hiring debt collection agencies to pursue students over outstanding fees …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 19 February]

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DCU using debt collectors to pursue student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“Dublin City University is one of four Irish universities which engage with debt collecting agencies to pursue outstanding fees from students …” (more)

[Jennifer Holmes, The College View, 20 February]

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UCD search for debt collectors to pursue unpaid student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 20th, 2013 by steve

“UCD is currently seeking a company to pursue students over unpaid contribution fees …” (more)

[Daniel Keenan, University Observer, 20 February]

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Chatterbox: The talk of education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on February 19th, 2013 by steve

Debt collectors pursuing former students for unpaid college fees. ‘Apparently #UCD have hired debt collectors to chase down students who haven’t paid their college fees. So ridiculous. #comeandgetme …'” (more)

[Irish Times, 19 February]

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Colleges are owed millions in unpaid student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Universities and institutes of technology across the country are owed millions in unpaid student fees. Several leading institutions have revealed they are owed large sums by both current and former students …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 18 February]

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Third university hires debt-collection agency

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2013 by steve

“A third Irish university is using debt-collection agencies to recoup outstanding student fees …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 14 February]

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UL graduates who owe don’t receive parchments

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“Students who have graduated from the University of Limerick without paying registration fees are not receiving parchments or transcripts of their exam results, it has emerged …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 13 February]

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UK debt firm chasing college fees going back over 10 years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2013 by steve

“A university is attempting to get former students to repay debts that are more than a decade old. It has also emerged that the debt-collection company hired by the University of Limerick (UL) to recoup outstanding fees is threatening legal action against past students …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 13 February]

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Student body hit out over use of debt collectors in colleges

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 12th, 2013 by steve

“The USI have condemned the current and proposed future use of debt collectors in Irish universities …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 February]

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UL President does not know how much former students owe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 11th, 2013 by steve

“The President of a university – which is using a debt collection company to recoup outstanding fees from former students – has admitted he does not know how much the college is owed …” (more)

[Barry Duggan, Independent, 11 February]

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