18,000 students approved for help

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than 18,000 students hoping to start college next month have been approved for financial assistance, to aid likely costs. They should now be fully prepared to plan budgeting for accommodation and other costs if they get offered a college course on Monday from the CAO …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 August]

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1,000 Cork students join ‘sugar daddy’ dating site

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Almost 1,000 Cork students have signed up to a dating website that allows them to meet potential dates who are willing to contribute to their living expenses in exchange for company. The website, Seeking Arrangements.com, claims almost 10,000 Irish students have joined …” (more)

[Liz O’ Brien, Evening Echo, 17 August]

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A third of students rely on parents or loans to cover the cost of rent, says USI

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of students have no income to cover their rent, which can cost up to €500 a month. A survey from the Union of Students of Ireland (USI) shows that almost 60% of students spend between €256 and €500 a month on accommodation. It also found that 36% do not have the income to cover rent …” (more)

[Charlie Weston, Independent, 15 August]

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Research reveals more than 50% of students spend €500 on rent

Posted in Life on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than half of students are spending up to €500 a month on rent according to new research. The Union of Students in Ireland have found 58% are spending between €256 and €500 a month while 36% have no monthly income to cover the costs …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 14 August]

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Rising costs worsening college drop-out rate – students’ unions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rising back-to-college costs mean a growing number of students are being forced to drop out of third-level education, according to students’ unions. The cost of student fees, accommodation, course books, equipment and transport mean some students will be unable to continue their degrees this September …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 August]

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‘Education is important. The government should pay us students to go to college’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I am a student and I feel trapped. I can’t afford to go to college in September because I am jobless. However, because I am a student I cannot get jobseeker’s benefit. It’s a crazy Catch-22 situation that I have found myself in. It is tragic that in 2017 poor people still have barriers put in front of them that prevent them breaking out of the poverty cycle …” (more)

[Declan Lavin, TheJournal.ie, 16 July]

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Annual cost of attending college in Dublin is €12,495, according to a new survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The cost of attending one year of college in Dublin is €12,495 for students who are not from the capital, according to a new survey from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The annual Cost of Living Guide for students for 2017-18 revealed that staying at home is nearly €5,000 cheaper for students from Dublin and their families …” (more)

[Dublin Live, 1 July]

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Despite ‘free fees’, are universities still bastions of privilege?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“At one point, Dylan McGowan was working five nights a week in a Smyth’s toy store to help make ends meet while in college. Now, as president of the students’ union at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, McGowan sees large numbers of students struggling to overcome financial hurdles on a daily basis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Irish university students offer sex to fund studies, claims report

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“Female students at an Irish university are turning to sex work to help fund their studies, a report has claimed. The university and College Union and the Students’ Union claimed some PhD students at Queen’s University Belfast are being paid below the minimum wage …” (more)

[Kylie Noble, Independent, 27 October]

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Students in need of help with rent and transport from hardship funds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students are being helped more with transport costs from college hardship funds in a trend being linked to greater difficulties finding affordable accommodation. The €1.3m spent by the Government’s Student Assistance Fund (SAF) in 2014/15 on transport accounted for nearly a fifth of the total €6.6m provided to 14,909 third-level students …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 October]

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Paying for a third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – With the campaign for a further increase in third-level charges gaining traction, mostly among the already graduated, what will the 23-year-old graduate, employed in a JobBridge scheme at €140 per week, make of that? …” (more)

[Eugene Tannam, Irish Times, 12 September]

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Student rents to rise on all seven university campuses

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All seven of Ireland’s universities will be charging higher rents for college campus accommodation for the coming academic year, with increases ranging from 2.5% to 9.8% …” (more)

[Niall Flynn, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Students’ union tells government to heed advice on grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should take the advice of experts who have recommended increases in the amounts paid in college grants, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) said. USI president Annie Hoey was responding to the figures from the Irish League of Credit Unions which suggest 60% of parents are getting into debt to fund their children’s third-level education …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 August]

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60% of Parents Get into Debt Funding Third Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish League of Credit Unions has launched the results of the 2016 Cost of Third Level Education Study which surveyed 1,000 Irish adults over the age of 18 with Marketing Research Company iReach …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 18 August]

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Parents spend €450 monthly ‘supporting’ students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of students attending third level institutions will be financially supported by their parents over the next year with the average parent spending €447 each month, a survey has found …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to recent correspondents on how they worked to pay their own way through college (July 15th), I would like to point out that more has changed since the 1960s than music and fashion …” (more)

[Tomás M Creamer, Irish Times, 19 July]

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Paying for an education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – While Nathaniel Healy (July 15th) should be commended for his self-reliance in funding his own university education in the 1960s, changing circumstances indicate that this laudable achievement is not particularly replicable …” (more)

[Christopher McMahon, Irish Times, 16 July]

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High rents push student costs to €11,000 a year

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The price of going to college has reached €11,000 per year due to increases in the cost of rent, public transport and the student contribution charge over recent years …” (more)

[Patrick Kelleher, Independent, 13 July]

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Rising rents push cost of college to €11,000 a year for some

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Rising rents and other living costs means the cost of going to college for students living away from home will reach about €11,000 this year, according to latest estimates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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‘Loans would help parents, and put onus on students’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD student Aoife Hardesty thinks that the option of student loans proposed by the Cassells report is a feasible one. Aoife (21) receives a SUSI grant, which covers half her fees, but her parents still struggle to pay for her college costs every year. She thinks that a loan system, while more expensive, would make it easier for families …” (more)

[Grainne Loughran, Independent, 12 July]

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