Tuition fees are set each year by ministers during budget negotiations as part of university funding reform.
Inister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris today declined to cite by how much he expects the €3,000 annual fee to be reduced.
He said the Minister for Further Education and Higher Education must publish a paper on how much the fees could be reduced.
“I can’t give you a specific number today because that would be disingenuous. Today’s change is significant because today’s change is the government’s statement that we want to — over time — reduce the student contribution fee and increase scholarships,” he said.
Secretary Harris said that “cheating off €50” is not “where we need to get to”.
He said he would release a report ahead of the October budget outlining how much fees could be reduced.
“In the run-up to the 2023 budget, that is in October, [I will] share the options we can consider to better support working families.”
Another €307 million, or more than €2,000 per student, will be invested in higher education as part of a government plan to radically reform the sector.
However, Secretary Harris said that does not mean the €3,000 fee will be reduced by €2,000.
“Over time, if we invest the €307 million, it will add up to approximately €2,000 per student to each college, apart from the enrollment fee. As for the registration fee, I think the policy change here is significant and will be welcomed by parents and families.
“The government says nothing [that] The €3,000 is fine and will stay forever longer. The government accepts that the cost of higher education is high and needs to be reduced.
“For a lot of people, €3,000 is a hell of a lot of money.
“No minister, no matter who the minister is, can make a specific commitment before the budget, politics comes first, politics is clear – cut fees and increase grants,” he said.
The Cabinet yesterday agreed that student loans will not be part of the funding model for the sector, instead boosting taxpayer investment and employer contributions through the National Training Fund, which will be used to fund the major overhaul of the higher education system.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/student-college-fees-to-be-decided-by-ministers-during-budget-negotiations-41614312.html Tuition fees are set by ministers during budget negotiations