Uncertainty over fees

From tomorrow’s Sunday Business Post, Fees anxiety hangs over third-level applicants‘ by Martha Kearns

The country’s 53,000 Leaving Certificate students have important decisions to make this week as they fill in their CAO application forms for college.

However, they are lacking one vital piece of information which could determine whether they go to college – will they have to pay fees? Students already know they face an increase in registration charges which will average around €1,500, as against €900 last year. But they still don’t know if they will have to pay some form of student contribution when they start this year, or during their remaining years at college.

While it is clear that students will, in future, have to pay some form of contribution to third level education, it is not yet known when that will be introduced, whom it will affect and how much it will be.