Funding will help Dublin students with cost of living pressures

New support could increase student income by €500

by Rose Barrett
0 comment
student, cost of living, bills, woman,

Students from Dublin will receive funding to help with cost-of-living challenges and essential purchases from new funding announced by Minister Simon Harris last Friday.

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science stated a total of  €4.3m will assist students across the country with purchases required, such as books, class materials, rent, childcare and transport, etc.

“This funding boost is a crucial and welcome resource to help third level students in Dublin who are finding it difficult to make ends meet,“ said FG Senator Emer Currie (FG).

“We have taken crucial steps to address the cost of education for students in Budget 2023. This fund will further assist students and put more money back in people’s pockets by the end of the year.

“The once off funding is provided through the Student Assistance Fund and will be distributed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) early this year. Overall, €20m has been allocated for this fund for the 22/23 academic year.

“Furthermore, the Minister confirmed that students across Dublin who will receive the once off Tier 3-1916 Path 2 bursary which helps socio-economically disadvantaged, will see an increase of €500 for the 22/23 academic year.

“These students might be members of the Traveller and Roma communities, students with a disability, mature students and further education award holders. The number of students who will be impacted by this change will be approximately 820, a €410,000 increase in cost,” Senator Currie noted.

Minister Harris added, “Budget 2023 made real and meaningful changes for students. We reduced the registration fee by €1,000 and increased the maintenance grant.

“The renters credit and the extension of free public transport are also tangible changes which will make important changes for students. This is a further extension of that support” concluded Senator Currie.

Related Articles