College fee hikes back on table in funds row

Universities are to launch a new campaign warning Ireland’s education minister that he faces a stark choice: give more Exchequer money to higher education institutions or raise fees substantially from 2016, reports

Under Ruairi Quinn, the charge for students has been rising by €250 (US$350) a year, to a maximum of €3,000 in September 2015. At the same time, Exchequer funding for third-level institutions has been falling.

A new government will be in place by September 2016, and Quinn has shown no appetite to pursue the debate over funding of higher education beyond 2015. If full fees are introduced, students could end up paying at least €6,000 to €7,000 a year – and more, depending on the course. A loan system would involve students paying back some or all of the cost after they graduate.
Full report on the Independent Ireland site