University heads in favour of introducing student loans

The heads of Ireland’s universities have agreed that third-level fees should be paid by a new system of student loans.

College bosses met the Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe this afternoon to discuss the possibility of reintroducing fees.

The heads of the country's seven universities are pushing for a student-loan system to cover tuition costs.

They contend that the introduction of fees is necessary in order to boost third-level funding.

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