Students who rent and depend on state maintenance forced to make sacrifices to make up the difference.
Students who rent and depend on state maintenance forced to make sacrifices to make up the difference.
 
The widening gap between state maintenance grants and accommodation costs to support students through their studies are continuing to increase.
 
The maximum maintenance grant, paid to the least well-off students, is €5,915 a year, but the most widely paid one amounts to €3,025. Of the 83,000 students who received a grant payment last year, almost 20,000 qualified for €3,025.
 
Although the state funded grants cover accommodation in some areas it is still significantly short of the amount which students have to pay for private rented accommodation or to live on-campus especially in Dublin.
 
Along with accommodation, thousands of students depend on other grants to cover costs such as books, food, travel and utilities like gas and electricity. Those who don’t qualify spend hours working jobs which is is detrimental to their studies.
 
Back in 2008 when the at the height of the financial iris cuts in rates were imposed. Those cuts have not been revised and maintenance grants have not risen.
 

 

Families who do not qualify for State maintenance are also challenged to meet the cost of supporting a child in college, particularly those living away from home. An Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) survey last year showed, parents contribute €447 monthly to a child in college.