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Good news for students as Executive holds tuition fees

First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson, MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA have welcomed the decision of the Executive to keep tuition fees at current levels.
Thursday, 8 September 2011

The Ministers said it was a good example of the Executive working together to deliver for everyone.

Additional funds have been released by the Executive to the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) to make this possible.

The move clears the way for DEL Minister Stephen Farry to make a full statement on future policy on higher education tuition fees and student finance arrangements to the Assembly on Monday 12 September.

Mr Robinson said: “Northern Ireland has some of the best educated graduates in Europe. Time and time again investors in Northern Ireland tell us that the primary reason they have chosen this location is the high quality of our university graduates. This decision today will ensure that this remains the case for the foreseeable future.”

Mr McGuinness said: “A third level education should be accessible for all and in maintaining fees at current levels our children will continue to have access to high quality education. Today’s decision will be widely welcomed by students and their families here.”

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