Students: Have You Voted On The Issue of College Fees?

As you may be aware USI is currently running a campaign asking every student in USI affiliated colleges to have their say on how education should be funded and what USI's fees policy should be.USI's current policy in relation to the funding of the Higher Education sector is that the Exchequer i.e. the taxpayer should bear the entire cost of tuition fees for Irish/EU students through progressive taxation. This policy has been reaffirmed by USI Congress on a number of occasions most recently in 2009.

In light of the fact that the Student Contribution will be €2,250 in September 2012 and the Minister has signalled that it is the Government's current intention to increase the contribution to €3,000 by 2015, USI has decided to consult students to determine if USI's current funding policy is the most appropriate policy to achieving equity of access.

The question being asked is: Please rank in order of preference, what should USI's position on the funding of higher education taught programmes be? (i.e. please vote in order of your preference 1-6)

Graduate tax.One hundred percent Exchequer funded.One hundred percent upfront fees.Student contribution / Registration fee (Currently €2,250).Student loan scheme.None of the above.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to have direct input into how your education system works.

Please log onto to find out more information about each of the options and cast your vote  by 21st of May.

No matter what option you vote for, please make sure you vote.

David Branagan

Vice-President / Welfare & Entertainment's Officer
+353 86 3811886

Dundalk IT Students' Union

Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Office: +353 42 9370390