Written answers

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Charges

Photo of Ruth CoppingerRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Anti-Austerity Alliance)
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268. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to the State of abolishing the student contribution charge for third level education. [26904/16]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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Based on the number of students that qualified for free fees funding in the academic year 2014/15 (and were therefore liable to pay the Student Contribution), and taking into account overall expected increases in student numbers, it is estimated that the net cost to my Department of abolishing the Student Contribution for the 2017/18 academic year would be €206.56 million.

The above figures take into account the resulting reduction to my Department's Student Grant Scheme budget.


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