Dáil Éireann - Volume 633 - 20 March, 2007

Written Answers. - Third Level Charges.

Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science the third level registration fee charged for each of the years from 1997 to 2006 respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10587/07]

  Ms Hanafin: The student charge is levied by third level institutions to defray the costs of examinations, registration and students services. All students who are eligible for means tested student support grant have the student charge paid on their behalf by the Local Authorities or the Vocational Education Committees, in addition to any maintenance grant and tuition fee grant they are entitled to.

The student charge is paid by the students on an academic year basis. The level of the charge for each year since the 1997/1998 academic year is as follows:

Year

1997/1998

317

1998/1999

330

1999/2000

353

2000/2001

371

2001/2002

396

2002/2003

670

2003/2004

670

2004/2005

750

2005/2006

775

2006/2007

800