The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is urging students to consider all of their options when they receive their COA offers today (August 23).

As the next generation of students begin their journey into Higher Education, USI is calling again on the Tánaiste to clarify her position on the return of third level fees, in the form of increased student registrations fee. USI will continue to campaign against the reintroduction of tuition fees, in any form, including through the back door disguised as the registration fee.

USI President, Gary Redmond, said:

?Congratulations to everyone, who are getting their CAO offers today. The Leaving Cert exams were amongst the hardest exams you'll ever take and you should feel proud of yourself just for reaching the end of two years of hard slog.

For many students this will be the first step on the way to third level education. However, if you didn't get the points that you were hoping for, there are many options out there and you should talk to your guidance counsellor, teachers and your school about the next steps.

As yesterday?s Leaving Cert students - who are the future drivers of our economy - begin college, USI is gravely concerned that third level fees may be reintroduced covertly by means of increasing the students services charge.

This charge has already increased by 780 per cent since Fianna Fáil took office in 1997 from ?190 to its current level of ?1,500.?

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