Written Answers. - Free University Fees.

Michael Creed


343 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Education if her attention has been drawn to the discrimination being practised against repeat students, some of whom have never received a higher education grant, in the administration of the free university fees; and if she will instruct universities to exempt these students from paying these fees in view of the small number of students involved. [19495/96]

The decision to abolish fees relates to fees paid by full-time students who are pursuing their first undergraduate qualification. Due to limited resources it is not possible to apply the initiative to students repeating years or pursuing a second undergraduate qualification. Such students do, however, still benefit as the fees charged do not generally reflect the economic cost of the course as a result of the State subvention to third level institutions.