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Varadkar rules out student loans as universities struggle to bridge funding gap

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out any options for third level funding that would see an increase in fees or the implementation of a student loan scheme. His comments come after protests and lobbying from Students’ Unions and USI. He had previously made comments voicing his opposition to a US or UK style student loan scheme, although he refused to categorically rule them out until recently

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EU passes controversial new copyright legislation, potential benefit for universities

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Varadkar rules out student loans as universities struggle to bridge funding gap

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out any options for third level funding that would see an increase in fees or the implementation of a student loan scheme. His comments come after protests and lobbying from Students’ Unions and USI. He had previously made comments voicing his opposition to a US or UK style student loan scheme, although he refused to categorically rule them out until recently
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