DCU and Maynooth University reverse student rent hikes – The Irish Times

Dublin City University (DCU) has said it is reversing a plan to increase the cost of on-campus accommodation from September.

This follows a similar decision by Maynooth University which announced in late April it would reverse a proposed 3 per cent rent increase and introduce a freeze.

DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith confirmed that the planned 4 per cent rent rise would not go ahead in a video sent to students ahead of their upcoming end of semester assessments. Resit fees for exams will also be waived for any students resitting assessments in August or who need to postpone exams from May, he said.

“We know that many students and their families are facing financial difficulties due to the impact of Covid-19,” said Prof MacCraith. “Some students may have lost their part-time jobs or their parents may have been laid off. So we are taking a number of steps to

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