Telling the real story of inequalities accessing third level education – An Phoblacht

In August we asked third-level students and their families to tell their stories about accessing further and higher education. 1,022 students and many parents from throughout the country told us exactly how it is for them. It portrays a picture of anxiety, financial stress and economic and social exclusion.

The information gathered is deeply concerning. Uncertainty, accommodation affordability, loss of summer jobs, high fees and lack of career guidance have all collided to produce a perfect storm for third level education. Government must listen and introduce immediate measures to stop students dropping out of their courses or joining the unemployment queues.” 

Over 80% of respondents tell us they are concerned or extremely concerned that they won’t have enough money to go to or remain at college. They then went on to tell us story after story of how the SUSI Grant System either excluded them or was not enough to

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