Are “free fees” a pipe dream?

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According to former NUI Galway president Dr James Browne the idea of free fees is “naïve”. He told the Irish Independent he sees a figure of €5,000 per annum as a starting point, with higher frees for science and engineering courses unless industry is willing to voluntarily subsidise the costs of those courses down to […]

Is free third-level education possible in Ireland?

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While typing the headline for this article, I stopped for a moment. Why am I questioning something which everybody I’ve talked to agrees with? We, as students, desire a third level education which provides us with career opportunities and without the burden of high fees each year. Past students faced the hike in student fees […]

FEE FIGHT: USI to march for publicly funded third-level education

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The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) announced their plans for their national demonstration on Monday 26 September in St Stephen’s Green. The demonstration is set to take place on 19 October at the Garden of Remembrance and they are hopeful that it will draw up to 5000 students from across the country to take […]

Students outraged as NUI Galway raises repeat fees by €100

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Students who are looking at repeat exams in August this year have been hit hard with an increase in fees, following an announcement by the university last week.

Free-Uni Germany exposes weak logic behind university fees

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‘Germany scraps tuition fees for all students’ is a pretty sweet headline to come across when you’re flicking through the internet. But, it’s a little misleading. Germany is a federal republic, and actually the state of Lower Saxony is where tuition fees have been abolished. And why hasn’t the rest of Germany followed suit, you […]