Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Funding
266. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of subsidising third level institutions if the student contribution charge were reduced to €0, €100 or €250; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22336/16]
Based on the number of students that qualified for free fees funding in the academic year 2014/15, and taking into account overall expected increases in student numbers, it is estimated that the net cost to my Department of reducing the Student Contribution to €0 would be €204m; to €100 would be €197m and to €250 would be €187m.
The above figures take into account the resulting reduction to my Department's Student Grant Scheme budget.