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Changes to third level fees to benefit migrant students

Date Published: 26-07-2013

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has announced changes which will modify fee arrangements for migrant students living in Ireland.

The changes will benefit legally resident non-EEA[1] students who gain Irish or other EEA citizenship before or during their third level studies.  These students will no longer be required to pay full tuition fees.  Currently, non-EEA students, legally resident in Ireland must pay international tuition fees which can exceed €10,000 a year.

The Higher Education Authority has also been asked to report on the fee structure for migrant students. Minister Quinn commented that “The non-EU rate of fee should be charged only to international students (with permission to remain on a student visa and conditions) and not to non-EEA nationals and their dependents who are legally resident in the EU.”

For more information:

See Department of Education press release

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[1] EEA is the European Economic Area, comprising EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway



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