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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Charges

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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78. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of each €100 reduction in the student contribution charge at third level. [38137/18]

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 2016/17, and taking into account overall projected increases in student numbers, it is estimated that the net cost to my Department of reducing the Student Contribution by each €100 per student per annum is €6.7 million

It should be noted that the figures presented incorporate the resulting reduction to my Department's Student Grant Scheme budget, as the exchequer pays the Student Contribution (or part of it) on behalf of almost 50% of undergraduate students who are in receipt of student grant assistance.


PJ Coleman
Posted on 21 Sep 2018 6:51 pm (Report this comment)

The answer/question is totally unclear.
The cost to whom? The state or HEIs?

If the the 'student contribution' is reduced by 100 euro what would be cost to the state (don't care about this department or that one) to maintain identical funding to HEIs?

The answer appears the quote the cost to the state. With the cost to the HEIs about double that.

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