Around 1,000 students took to the streets of Cork in the first of a series of regional rallies to highlight their opposition to fee increases and cuts in student grants in the Budget.
Students from UCC and CIT marched on the offices of Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer.
The rally was organised by the Union of Students in Ireland ahead of December's budget.
CIT Students' Union President Danny O'Donovan said any rise in the student registration fee is, in reality, a form of re-introducing third-level fees.
The students are also opposing any cut to the maintenance grant, which they say is many students' only form of income as part-time jobs are in short supply.