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1128 UCD STUDENTS CALL ON UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR FEES

Press Statement 


Monday, 25 May 2020


1128 UCD STUDENTS CALL ON UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR FEES


Over 1,100 UCD students have signed a petition, calling on the University to provide compensation for the hefty fees they have paid, due to the disruptions caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. 


82.5% of respondents are international / EU students, who have paid up to €37,000 for one year’s tuition. 


Over 150 students wrote directly to the university to request compensation and none has been granted. 


Conor Anderson, Graduate Officer, UCD Students’ Union said;


‘The University really needs to address the concerns these students are expressing. To pay upwards of €30,000 for an educational experience that includes library access, lab access, and practicals, only to be told that, actually, it's all going to be online learning for the rest of your degree, is a shock. Students understand that this is an unprecedented situation but no one in the world would pay that much for an online course, and no university would charge it. So we need to talk about compensation.’