Provost Patrick Prendergast has argued that ‘a system that has a mixture of public and private funding is the best’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Provost Patrick Prendergast has warned that higher education could become a ‘crisis issue’ if the government fails to invest in the sector soon, arguing that loans schemes ‘should be investigated further’ as universities battle intractable financial problems …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 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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College fees to be ‘frozen for 5 years’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael is promising not to hike college fees or bring in controversial student loans to be repaid after graduation. Education Minister Joe McHugh has made a significant pledge not to increase university registration fees beyond €3,000 per year if Fine Gael is returned to government after the next general election …” (more)

[Philip Ryan, Independent, 11 August]

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Loan Schemes May Be Third-Level’s Best – and Most Equitable – Option

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin made headlines yesterday morning when, at a prominent higher education funding conference, he confessed that, if in government, Fianna Fáil would not abolish student fees, and would consider the introduction of student loans. This bombshell, contained within an otherwise lengthy and relatively uncontroversial speech, is likely to provoke cries of derision from across the political spectrum …” (more)

[Jack Synnott, University Times, 18 July]

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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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Student fee hike and loan scheme ruled out

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Further increases to student fees or the introduction of a student loan scheme have been ruled out, the Irish Examiner can reveal. In a ‘highly significant’ development, the Government has rejected two of three recommendations contained in a 2016 report into how a gaping hole in third-level funding is to be filled …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 27 March]

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Students’ Union Heads Call for Protests on Higher Education Funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all third-level students’ unions as well as the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have come together to call for protests to demand increased funding for colleges in Ireland in an open letter …” (more)

[Ross Malervy, University Times, 11 March]

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Student loans no way to fund education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We are representatives of the students across Ireland – students keen to gain skills and qualifications and play our part in building Ireland’s future. The proposal of any kind of student loan scheme in Ireland is wholly unacceptable and is widely understood as an inequitable way to fund education, as well as having been consistently shown to be a failure when implemented in the UK and Australia and contributing to significant deficits in the public purse …” (more)

[Síona Cahill and 27 others, Irish Times, 11 March]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his position on the future funding of third level education; if student loans will be ruled out as a means of raising funding for the sector; the details of the recent application to the European Commission to carry out a detailed economic analysis of third level education funding here; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 January]

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Consideration of student loan scheme for third-level to be delayed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Controversial proposals for a student loan scheme to fund third-level education are being referred by the Government to the European Commission for detailed economic analysis. The move is set to push back any decision on a future funding model for higher education by at least a year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 January]

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Outcry after student loan overpayments of £8m are extracted from NI graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 29th, 2018 by steve

“Graduates here overpaid nearly £8m in student loans in five years. Overpayments have been rising steadily, with thousands of people affected, figures show. A student organisation said it was ‘deeply troubling’ …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 29 December]

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New Minister for Education must make fees funding decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the new Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, 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 McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor to get the ball rolling on this extremely important issue …'” (more)

[The Labour Party, 15 October]

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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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