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Crowe express alarm at Higher Educatio Authority report and implications for third-level fees

24 May, 2012 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe, TD, has expressed alarm that third-level fees might rise dramatically over the next three years. Deputy Crowe was commenting on a report on funding for third-level education, being drafted by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) that is likely to recommend the introduction of annual student fees of €6,000.

He continued: “Students already pay €2,250 in registration fees with phased increases likely over the next three years. This is preventing many from availing of a third level education.

“The HEA Report is likely to conclude that student fees will have to increase to between €4,500 and €6,000. This is partly in response to predictions of a dramatic rise in third-level student numbers with enrolments set to rise from 160,000 to 200,000, a trend that they estimate will continue for 10 to 15 years at least.

“There are growing concerns that Minister Quinn will do a u-turn on pledges he made before last year’s election and reintroduce third level fees.

“It is becoming clearer that students from low income families will find it increasingly difficult to access higher education courses should the recommendations of the HEA be implemented.” ENDS

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