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Education Is is a USI campaign 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.

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.






#FundOurFuture is an initiative aimed at supporting student unions across the world in their campaigning efforts for a free and quality education system. The aim is to provide resources, examples of successful campaigns, publications, downloadable materials etc that can be used by student activists in their national or local struggles.

This initiative is the result of a coming together of student movements from Europe, South America, Africa, North America and the Pacific, facilitated by the European Students’ Union, as a follow-up to the Bergen Declaration, signed in May 2016. It is a movement aiming to unite and provide strength to national student campaigns, because we are the global student movement.

For further information, please feel free to contact us at contact@globalstudentvoice.org

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