Stephen Donnelly, co-leader of the Social Democrats, argues that politicians must pay greater attention to student concerns.
Christopher McMahon argues that higher education is too important an issue not to be discussed by party leaders, following the televised debate last night.
In a report published this week the academy, a body made up of academics from across Ireland, suggests that such a loan scheme is the only solution to the funding crisis facing higher education.
Coalitions which may produce the best result for students may not be the best ones when it comes to adequate funding of third-level.
Comparing the manifestos of the political parties between 2011 and now reveals broken promises and clearer policies.
USI lobbied Minister O'Sullivan to include key features of their recently-launched manifesto in the Labour Party manifesto.
Hustings held by the Union of Students in Ireland featured representatives from all major parties.
The party, due to launch their manifesto this morning, would also reintroduce postgraduate maintenance grants.