Written answers

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Charges

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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107. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in 2017 and in a full year for every €250 reduction in the third level student contribution charge. [28016/16]

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 cost to my Department of reducing the Student Contribution by €250 for the 2017/18 academic year would be €17m. 

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


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