DAERA Review of Higher Education Tuition Fees

Closed 3 May 2019

Opened 14 Feb 2019


A Review of Higher Education (HE) Tuition Fee policy at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) has been undertaken by DAERA.

The review took into account three key factors namely;

  • The ongoing variation in fees charged within CAFRE for higher education courses, and the variation with fees charged by other HE providers in Northern Ireland;
  • The need to consider increasing pressure on departmental budgets within the context of the ongoing costs of higher education courses delivered at CAFRE; and
  • The strategic policy direction of the DAERA Knowledge Framework. 

Emerging findings of the review were presented to stakeholders at a focus group in June 2018 and this led to discussion and consideration of potential options for setting the future direction of tuition fee policy.

The Department has now launched a stakeholder exercise on this issue.  It is seeking to gather stakeholder views on a wide range of options to inform future decision on the long-term direction of tuition fee policy for CAFRE students.  The options included in the document range from charging no fees for degree courses, maintaining the current charging framework, applying differential fees, applying fees consistent with those set by local universities, or considering fee setting frameworks similar to land based colleges in England.

The Department welcomes all those with an interest in this important area to provide their views.


  • All stakeholders


  • Higher Education
  • Postgraduate Study