Lower fees for children of emigrants, promises Quinn
THE fees charged to the children of Irish emigrants to study at third-level institutions in Ireland are to be lowered.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn announced he is to reduce the rates applicable to certain categories of students coming back from abroad.
The initiative will apply to the children of Irish emigrants who have moved away but now wish to return.
It will also apply to other qualifying European citizens who have schooled their children in Ireland or the EU.
Mr Quinn said he wanted to ensure they were not penalised by being charged third-level fees at the non-EU rate, which is significantly higher than the rate charged to EU students.
"As our situation improves, we are already seeing more families moving home and this is very welcome," Mr Quinn said.
Arrangements are being put in place for the new scheme to be introduced for the coming academic year.