Irish parents abroad: Will your children return for college?

Did you know that students who have spent 2+ years outside the EU pay huge fees?

You must have been living in an EEA member state or Switzerland for at least three of the five years before starting your course in order to qualify for free fees in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

You must have been living in an EEA member state or Switzerland for at least three of the five years before starting your course in order to qualify for free fees in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

 

Students who have lived outside the EU for more than two of the past five academic years are liable for “non-EU fees” of between €8,000 and €20,000 a year in Ireland, depending on the course and institution.

We want to hear from parents of Irish-born children, and students themselves. Were you aware of the potential fees? Will the rule impact you? Has it deterred you or your child from returning to Ireland to study?

To share your opinions and experiences, email abroad@irishtimes.com. Thank you.