Nearly half of students struggle to meet costs – survey

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of all college students struggle to afford living expenses, according to a new survey. Four in 10 students reported that they sometimes faced difficulties meeting costs, while 7% ‘struggle all the time’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

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The Government Isn’t Taking the Spiralling Cost of College Seriously

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Beginning college is a special and exciting time. It means developing new friendships, embarking on new experiences and getting to grips with a subject you love. However, for too many students, it’s also a time of stress and pressure as they struggle to meet the costs of college …” (more)

[Mary Lou McDonald, University Times, 9 September]

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Student housing crisis sees landlords seeking up to €1,200 per room per month

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A student housing crisis is forcing some students to defer third-level education until they have saved enough money to cover escalating accommodation and college costs …” (more)

[Liz Dunphy, Irish Examiner, 6 September]

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€38m fund will give struggling students free laptops

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Around 11,000 free laptops will be distributed to disadvantaged students as part of a €38m investment in higher education. A demand-led fund of more than €5m will be aimed primarily first years, helping to provide students who have difficulty in getting a suitable device for their studies to find the right computer …” (more)

[Gabija Gataveckaite, Independent, 6 September]

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Students paying up to €11,000 for accommodation on campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students face paying up to €11,000 for on-campus accommodation this year. UCD updated its costs for on-campus accommodation for this coming academic year, with options ranging from €6,728 to €10,526 for first year students and €6,447 to €11,113 for returning students …” (more)

[Seoirse Mulgrew, Independent, 6 September]

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SUSI is a Broken System. Late Stipend Payments Add Insult to Injury

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of college is frequently a barrier to accessing education for many students, and with the first installment of the SUSI grant not set to be paid until October 8th, it is going to be particularly hard this year for many to make ends meet. This week, The University Times spoke to recipients of the grant about the later-than-normal first payment …” (more)

[University Times, 6 September]

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Late Payment Date Will See SUSI Recipients Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in receipt of the SUSI grant have said they will struggle financially due to the late payment of the first instalment on October 8th. The date of the first instalment, SUSI said, is due to later registration dates in colleges as a result of the late issuing of CAO offers …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 2 September]

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Spiralling college costs pricing out families on ordinary incomes – Kathleen Funchion TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion for Carlow Kilkenny has accused the government of failing third-level students as college costs continue to spiral out of control and many are struggling to find accommodation …” (more)

[Sian Moloughney, Kilkenny People, 25 August]

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Third-level grants system is inadequate

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Peter is a bright lad from Kerry. His heart is set on studying veterinary medicine in UCD, but he didn’t list that course on his CAO application form. Peter’s family can’t come up with €14,000 per annum to cover Peter’s college costs. His parents earn a combined gross annual income of €40,000, which makes Peter ineligible for a college grant …” (more)

[Billy Ryle, Irish Times, 25 August]

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USI Criticises Late Date of First SUSI Payment

Posted in Governance and administration on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said that SUSI recipients will struggle financially at the start of term due to the late date of the first payment of the grant. Recipients will not receive the first instalment of the maintenance grant until October 8th – several weeks after college begins for most …” (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 24 August]

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€14k Per Year for College is Far Too Much to Ask of Students and Their Families

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The breakdown of the cost of college will surprise few in third level. But at this time of year, when the cost of going back to school is all over the media, students deserve a look in, writes the Editorial Board. Going to college is now simply accepted as being expensive in Ireland. It shouldn’t be …” (more)

[University Times, 22 August]

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‘It’s just impossible to find anywhere to live’ – college students forced to commute

Posted in Life on August 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“High rental prices and a severe shortage of available accommodation is seeing more students opting to commute to their universities from next month onwards …” (more)

[Amy Blaney, Independent, 20 August]

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Crippling accommodation costs pricing students out of Third-Level Education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Rose Conway-Walsh TD has accused the government of failing third-level students struggling to find accommodation due to the housing crisis. She has called on the government to act urgently and end this cycle, which unfairly and increasingly excludes students from families on low incomes. Speaking today, Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 18 August]

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College costs jump to €14,000 for students living away from home

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The cost of college will jump to up to €14,000 this year for students living away from home. After a year of studying from home, which kept a lid on outgoings, the return to campus next month will punch a hole in family finances. High rents and rising food prices are key contributors to the projected hike in living costs …” (more)

[Independent, 18 August]

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Colleges Offer High Prices for their Flats, So Will They Fix Accommodation Woes?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many stakeholders in higher education seem to think that college-owned accommodation is synonymous with low-cost accommodation. In an interview last week, President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Clare Austick argued that ‘if colleges have their [own] accommodation there will be a reduced cost’ – but is this really accurate? …” (more)

[University Times, 2 August]

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Accommodation Providers Could Skirt New Rent Legislation Over Summer

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some student accommodation providers could attempt to bypass new protections for renters, the Oireachtas Education Committee has heard. The practice of forcing student renters to pay all of their rent upfront is due to end from September as part of a new Government bill which seeks to strengthen protections for all renters …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 22 July]

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€105 million funding for safe on-site return to third level in September, Minister Harris announces

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Another €21 million for extra student support also confirmed. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today secured government approval for €105 million for the third-level sector to safely return in September 2021. The package will include financial support for further and higher education to return on-site safely and in line with public health advice. It will also have extra support for students in further and higher education …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 21 July]

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Student Accommodation – University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2021 by steve

IrelandEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a university (details supplied) is requesting over €3,000 in up-front payments for on campus accommodation for the coming academic year despite the Government currently enacting legislation to prohibit same; and if he plans to intervene …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 July]

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Rose Conway-Walsh TD welcomes breakthrough on PUP exclusion from SUSI calculation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“After months of fighting for the exclusion of PUP payments in assessment for SUSI, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has received assurance that no students will be denied or pushed out of SUSI for accepting the PUP. The Minister has confirmed on the floor of the Dáil that all students have the right to reapply based on the 2021 year and have PUP earned by a student excluded from the calculation. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 13 July]

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Third of student teachers have financial difficulties

Posted in Life on July 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“More than a third of student teachers have experienced ‘serious’ or ‘very serious’ financial difficulties, to the extent where some have considered dropping out of the training process. The findings are based on the experiences of 391 second-level student teachers enrolled in the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme, with many having to resort to family and friends to help them out financially …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 5 July]

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