This new system is to go online in 2013 right now the government is now paying 1,810 for every student for their grant. Stormont will no longer disburse a grant on behalf of students opting for third level education in the Republic said Learning Minister Stephen farry.
This is pretty low if you compare it to UK universities which are £9,000 per year. Tuition fees in the Republic of Ireland were scrapped in 1996 but contribution fees were welcomed.
As the department paid the contribution fee on behalf of students from Northern Ireland, it resulted in thousands of students being entitled to a free degree in the Republic.