Yet another reason to love this country.
The Economist has done the maths, and found that the net benefit (after fees, extra tax, etc) of getting a university degree from Ireland is the best value in the world.
Yep, the WORLD.
According to their report, the average degree holder from Ireland earns an extra €350,000 over their life time, after tax, when compared with a non-degree holder.
Finishing second to Ireland is the US with Sweden, Denmark and Greece falling to the bottom of the pile. This is presumably due to higher tax rates in Denmark, and the fact that everyone in Sweden does equality studies degrees - but we'll take any win we can get.
Moral of the story?
Stay in school, kids.