How should higher education be funded?

14th May 2012: That’s the question that the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and DIT Students’ Union (DITSU) will be putting to their members from 1am on Tuesday May 15th until Tuesday May 22nd.


On the table are six different options;

  • 100% Exchequer funded
  • 100% upfront fees
  • Student loans
  • Graduate tax
  • Student contribution
  • None of the above

Students will have an opportunity to vote online at, where they can also find more information on the six different options.

Once the votes are tallied, a special meeting of USI Congress, the union’s highest decision making body, will convene on Wednesday May 23rd, where the USI’s funding policy will be decided.

DITSU President, Ciarán Nevin, has urged students to use this opportunity, saying, “Access to high quality education has long been a central cause of the student movement. A quality education system requires adequate funding and we want students to have their say on where that funding should come from. Please take some time to consider the options put before you so that you can make an informed choice.”

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