Thursday, 5 December 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Third Level Fees
114. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will request a university to review a decision not to reimburse student fees to a person (details supplied) due to the circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50835/19]
Under the Universities Act 1997, it is the function of the governing authority to manage and control the affairs of the institution. As autonomous bodies, the day to day operation of the institution including the procedures related to the withdrawal from courses and the refund of any fees paid are matters for the governing authority of each institution.
The Free Fees initiative provides funding towards tuition fees for all eligible students including students with accessibility requirements for the duration of their approved course. In situations where a student has identified specific needs which requires repeat or additional periods of study, cases will be assessed on an individual basis by the institute and there is discretion to waive conditions in particular or exceptional circumstances to assist a student to complete their course of study. Students who require a refund of fees or require assistance with access to or withdrawal from a course should contact the registry office in the relevant institution.