Plan to spend €2,000 more per college student on reforms

An additional €307 million (US$325 million) – or more than €2,000 per student – is to be invested in third-level education in Ireland as part of a government plan to radically reform the sector, writes Philip Ryan for

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris received cabinet approval for the extra investment which aims to increase the quality and accessibility of third-level education.

The new funding is being pitched by government as more than €2,000 for every student. More than 245,000 people enrolled in publicly funded higher education colleges in 2020, according the latest figures. The cabinet also agreed that student loans will not form part of the funding model for the sector and instead increased Exchequer investment and employer contributions through the National Training Fund will be used to fund the major overhaul of the college system.
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