UCC to reverse capitation fee increase following Students' Union campaign

UCC to reverse capitation fee increase following Students' Union campaign

University College Cork's Students' Union has managed to get the University to reverse its decision to increase the Student Capitation Fee. Pic Denis Scannell

University College Cork's Students' Union has managed to get the University to reverse its decision to increase the Student Capitation Fee.

Students' Union President Ben Dunlea made the announcement today.

"After extensive negotiations and a threat of legal action, UCC has cancelled the €200 increase to the Student Capitation Fee and have secured the reimbursement of €80 to those incoming students charged at the beginning of this year." 

This follows protests from the Union after the announcement about the increase was initially made last June.

The Union's stance was that an increase to the Capitation Fee without a referendum being put to the students set a "dangerous precedent".

UCC was planning to increase its Student Capitation Fee from €170 per student per year to €250 for incoming first years this autumn.

The university planned to continue this increase until it reached €370 in 2023. 

The first-year students who have already paid the €80 increase will be reimbursed by the college.

This fee was to be paid on top of the Student Contribution Charge of €3,000 per year. 

The Student Capitation Fee is not covered by the SUSI grant, unlike the €3,000 contribution. 

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