Stephen Kinsella: Paying the price for free education

Our education system cannot continue as it is - an income-contingent loan structure isn’t the worst solution

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Today, I’m writing as an academic and as the Acting Chair of the Higher Education Authority, because I think it’s really important to respond to the recent publication of the Cassells Report on the funding of higher education.

You might not know much about the HEA. It has three main jobs. It disburses about €1 billion in funding to the higher education institutions of this State, it regulates the higher education sector, and ...