More feckin’ fees and less grants AGAIN!


IT Sligo Students’ Union has said that they will join with the Union of Students in Ireland in order to stop the Department of Education from decreasing the maintenance grant in the upcoming budget.

Reports in the Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post said Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn is considering a blanket cut to the payment as part of a range of measures to save €44 million in his department. Quinn had previously proposed to means-test the assets of students’ parents – including property and shares worth more than €750,000 – but the plan was met with opposition from coalition partners Fine Gael.

Paul Smith – Students’ Union President said; “The Students’ Union has taken quite a number of calls from worried students in relation to the news, despite the fact the term hasn’t even started yet. I have reassured students that we will fight any proposed increases in the grant which nationally is paid out to 90,000 students. Students and their families simply cannot take the pressure of the now constant increases in fees and cuts to the grant.”

The maintenance grant varies from €306 to €3,025, depending on the distance between where the student lives and the location of the third level institution they attend.


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