Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said Ukrainian students who fled to Ireland and wanted to continue their studies would be treated as if they were Irish in terms of grants and tuition fees.
This will qualify you to apply for the SUSI funding scheme and, if applicable, a student contribution fee of €3,000 instead of the higher rate for ‘international’ students.
Most students who receive a SUSI grant are also required to pay a fee of €3,000, which is covered by the State.
As a rule of thumb, access to SUSI and Irish fees is limited to EU students or students living in a limited number of other countries, excluding Ukraine.
“We will make sure that any students who come here will be treated as if they were EU citizens,” he said.
Mr. Harris said it was essential to maintain access to education and he discussed the situation with the European Union High Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, at a meeting on Monday.
He said it would be desirable if there was an EU-wide approach to dealing with students who come from Ukraine and want to continue their studies.
The minister said that if problems arise, he will work with higher education institutions to help facilitate students.
“We will take care of any students who come here,” he said.
There are approximately 170 Ukrainian students currently studying in Ireland, including 27 at UCD and 12 at Trinity College Dublin.
Trinity Provost Professor Linda Doyle said they would “do whatever they can” to support Ukrainian students coming to Ireland.
Meanwhile, while 12 Irish students registered in Ukraine have left the country, around 5 are believed to still be there.
Mr Harris said he was determined that Russian and Ukrainian students studying in Ireland, as well as Irish students studying at tertiary institutions in Russia and Ukraine, would be supported “during these difficult times”. .
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/we-will-look-after-ukrainian-students-who-come-here-says-simon-harris-41404521.html Simon Harris said: ‘We will take care of the Ukrainian students who come here.