National Demonstration October 4th

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The national student demonstration of support for publicly funded education will take place on 4th October 2017. The voice of the students is strongest when we’re out in force. Make sure you get your ticket to show your support for publicly funded education.

Why is Education in the Red?

USI is calling on the Irish government and the joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to make a historic long-term decision and invest in the publicly-funded third level education model as outlined in the Cassells Report. USI know that income-contingent loan scheme is not a viable solution to third-level funding. This system will create a burden of €20,000+ debt on anyone who wishes to attend third-level education.

All work and no play…

Student debt is no joke.  By way of illustration, we’ve worked with some game developers to give you some idea of how intense trying to deal with debt can be.

Survive your first year out of college while grappling with your costs and your crippling student debt!


Back to work…

The financial strain of carrying a debt to cover fees spans across all communities and groups including parents, children, staff and teachers – not just students.

America’s student loan debt ($1tn+) is greater in value than the combined economies of Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. In other words, American students owe the combined value of all transactions in those countries in a year. Home-ownership in under-40s in New Zealand has drastically fallen since the introduction of student loans, from 57% to 25%.”

Charging no tuition-related fees, Germany has 41 universities that are considered by Times Higher Education to be among the best in the world. In France, where they have registration fees of under €200, there are 27. 70% of the 2015 college graduates in the UK are not expected to ever repay their college loans, according to The Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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