Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (332)

Peter Burke

Question:

332. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Education and Skills if discretion can be shown to prospective teachers returning from outside of the EU after a number of years of teaching (details supplied) in relation to the payment of non-EU fees for their Master's degree in education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19232/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The position is that higher education universities are autonomous institutions as provided for in the Universities Act 1997. Therefore, the criteria governing the level of tuition fees to be charged in the case of postgraduate study is solely a matter for the relevant institution to determine in line with its own criteria.

Accordingly, my Department has no function in relation to such matters.

Tax relief is available on postgraduate tuition fees paid. Details in relation to this relief are available from the Revenue Commissioners at www.revenue.ie.