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Heading to college just got even more expensive

The student contribution charge has been hiked by an extra €250.

Students marched through Dublin city towards Leinster House in Protest against cuts to education last week.
Students marched through Dublin city towards Leinster House in Protest against cuts to education last week.
Image: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

COLLEGE STUDENTS WILL need to fork out an extra €250 for college fees.

The registration fee has now gone up to €3,000 a year, up from €2,750 last September and €2,500 the year previous.

Opposition parties argued that, “This will lead to some students having to leave their courses and possibly seek the assistance of social welfare or leave the country in search of work.”

However, there was some good news with the education budget increasing for the first time since 2008.

Public Expenditure Minister, Brendan Howlin, announced 1,700 new teaching posts.

The majority of the posts, 920, will go to mainstream teaching posts while there will be 420 new resource teachers and 365 new special needs assistants.

Read: University fees ‘should be capped and funding models move towards European norms’>

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