The tuition fees are to be reduced by 1,000 euros this year and will be significantly reduced in the coming years as part of a major budget increase for students.
Higher Education Secretary Simon Harris has secured a multi-million euro budget package for students and their families that will ease the financial burden of going to college this year and for years to come.
This includes funds to reduce college fees by €1,000 for all students this year and means no one will pay more than €2,000 to attend higher education next semester.
Meanwhile, all scholarship recipients will receive a double payment this year, while those studying for the PhD will receive a one-time living payment before Christmas.
However, the minister has also reached an agreement that would see a long-term reduction in tuition fees based on a family’s household income.
Under the new plan, any family earning less than €100,000 will receive a permanent €500 fee reduction – meaning students will pay €2,500 a year to visit families.
While families earning €62,000 per year will not have to pay more than €1,500 in fees due to changes in student grant regulations.
Secretary Harris has met opposition within the government to his plans to lower tuition fees. It’s the first tuition cut in decades.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/college-fees-to-be-cut-by-1000-this-year-in-major-budget-boost-for-students-42018196.html College fees will be reduced by €1,000 this year to significantly increase the budget for students