asked the Minister for Education if she will detail the increases that have taken place in university and third level college fees since she took office; and the increases, if any, which are anticipated in 1985.
Written Answers. - Higher Education Fees.
In the institutions designated under the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971, education fees increased by 25 per cent in the 1983-84 academic year and by 20 per cent in 1984-85. In the third level VEC colleges, prior to 1983-84 course fees varied considerably but in that year a standard rate of course fee was introduced. Fees were increased by 20 per cent in 1984-85. No decision has been taken yet in relation to the level of fees for 1985 but it is expected that fees will increase somewhat above the rate of inflation.