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Students win right to be told cost of courses

Hidden higher education costs are a big factor in some students not being able to complete their courses.

The National Union of Students and the Union of Students in Ireland has been campaigning strongly for institutions to reveal these costs and following our Come Clean campaign, institutions have agreed to publish hidden costs upfront.

Costs include books and any other materials that students need to buy to enable them to complete their course.

A week of action and a walkout was held as part of the Come Clean campaign around the UK.

This is a massive victory for students and is an excellent win for our Come Clean campaign.

This is also a victory for fairness and transparency.

Anything that you pay for, you expect to be given upfront the costs associated with it.

Not being provided with information on hidden course costs leaves people in a very difficult position as they may not feel able to commit to a course without full access to all appropriate financial information.

Knowing exactly how much a course costs will also help ensure more students complete their studies. We all know how tight times are for everyone and students face a particularly hard time given the rising cost of living, so this is very positive news at a time when students need all the financial help they can get.

This change on hidden course costs will apply to all universities and all higher education provision in colleges throughout Northern Ireland.

Adrianne Peltz

President NUS-USI


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