Parents of Tipperary students are concerned about the costs associated with returning to college in September amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Clerihan’s Mary Stapleton has three sons in third-level education, two of whom are based in Limerick while the other is studying in Cork.
She tells TipperaryLive.ie that her sons had to return home to Clerihan once lockdown measures came into effect in March, resulting in the loss of thousands of euro in rent.
Mary feels it’s unfair that many providers require students to pay their accommodation in full for the first semester, given the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They will be studying online from their accommodation. It is unfair that students have to fork out €3,000 for a semester’s rent before they even get the place, particularly when it’s so uncertain at the minute. It should be the first and the last month’s rent, but not it all up front.