The cost of college can often come as a shock for both parents and students. Many students find it financially difficult to meet the cost of going to college. This is often mentioned as one of main reasons why students drop out of college. For that reason it is important to have all the information on what financial supports are available to you. Sources of funding include SUSI Grants (Student Universal Support Ireland) Student Assistance Fund (SAF), Students with Disabilities Fund, Back To Education Allowance (BTEA), Childcare Assistance and Bursaries & Scholarships.
Going to college in Dublin could cost from €6,000- €10,000 based on a nine month academic year, there is also a €3,000 student contribution (registration fee)
How to make a little money go a long way is a skill that will be needed for a large part of our lives, however for students it could mean the difference between staying in or leaving college. Therefore it is essential from the start to set up a budget plan for regular monthly outgoings including food transport and utility bills.
If you want to make a budget plan or you are struggling to make ends meet talk to a student union representative who will support you.