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IrelandUse your grant to cover the rising cost of rents: minister tells students

08:25  14 august  2019
08:25  14 august  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Meanwhile, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “I am delighted that the Having to worry about crippling educational loan repayments, as well as rising rents and the cost of living is Mr McHugh told the Sunday Independent college fees would be frozen for five years.

Students increasingly relying on parents, working extra hours or taking out payday loans to cover accommodation costs .

Use your grant to cover the rising cost of rents: minister tells students Leaving Cert results: Students Beth Clarke, Saoirse Mangan and Heidi Doris all from Dun Laoghaire celebrate as they collect their results from Rockford Manor Presentation School in Blackrock. Photo: Steve Humphreys

A Government minister has told college students who are facing sky-high accommodation costs in the coming academic year to use their grant to cover their rent.

Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the means-tested Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) grant could help cover accommodation costs.

That is despite the Irish Independent revealing last week that rents were being increased by as much as 11.5pc year-on-year in some university-owned and on-campus accommodation.

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The maximum Susi grant of just under €6,000 would be totally wiped out if it was put towards the cost of accommodation in many student halls and on-campus accommodation around the country.

Also, not all students receive a grant - the eligibility is assessed on the basis of a family's income and the number of dependents.

But Ms Mitchell O'Connor said yesterday: "I am very disappointed that student accommodation was put up in our universities and higher education institutes.

Use your grant to cover the rising cost of rents: minister tells students Results: Jennifer McWilliams and Ciara Rogerson at Rockford Manor Presentation in Blackrock. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"But what I would say is there are Susi grants available, up to 48pc of our student population avails of student grants. So make sure now that you log on to the Susi application and make sure that you have filled out the application."

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Includes student rent costs , average Maintenance Loan and how much money parents give Average student rent per week. There's no denying that the cost of rent is the biggest worry The majority of students will be eligible for some form of Maintenance Loan to cover their living costs at

The cost of student fees, accommodation, course books, equipment and transport mean some students will be unable to continue their degrees this He said he was only able to afford the fees for his Masters degree by taking a loan from the credit union, on top of a loan he took out to cover the

Figures from Daft.ie show that in Ms Mitchell O'Connor's own Dún Laoghaire constituency, which is home to Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology and within commuting distance of UCD, nearly 70 of the 91 currently available rooms in house-share arrangements would cost €600 a month or more in rent.

A student in receipt of the maximum Susi grant payment for a 30-week academic year who chose to live in such accommodation would be left with just over €50 a month to pay for food, textbooks, the cost of compulsory field trips, other essential college supplies and socialising after paying their rent.

Use your grant to cover the rising cost of rents: minister tells students Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor chats with Mia Yip Breen from Shankill at Rockford Manor School in Blackrock. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The maximum Susi grant would also be insufficient to meet the cost of any halls or on-campus accommodation in UCD or Trinity, which are both in south Dublin. On-campus accomodation in UCD, located beside Minister Mitchell-O'Connor's Dún Laoghaire constituency, can cost students up to €11,591 yearly.

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Third-level institutions pre-empted the Government's clampdown on rent hikes in the student accommodation sector by increasing their rental fees in halls and on-campus accommodation in recent months in advance of the new academic year.

In some instances, the increases are well above the 4pc cap that will apply to student accommodation in rent pressure zones from tomorrow - the same day as the first round of CAO offers are being sent out to thousands of Leaving Cert students who received their results yesterday.

Use your grant to cover the rising cost of rents: minister tells students Sarah Poole with her parents Keith Poole and Michelle Willis at Rathdown School in Dublin. Photo: Jason Clarke

Speaking in Blackrock after she congratulated Leaving Cert students on their results yesterday, Ms Mitchell O'Connor said that those turned down for a grant can appeal the decision.

She then bizarrely said that Susi grant applicants from her own constituency can contact her office if they are turned down.

"If you are turned down by any chance you can appeal and again you know you can contact my office if you are a local constituent, but actually the Susi appeals system is very robust and they will also help you," she said.

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Affordability calculators often use it as a default assumption to determine how much house you can afford; mortgage lenders have adopted it as a Look at your cash flow and liquidity, he suggests, to calculate whether you have enough of an emergency account to cover three to six months’ worth of

If you need to use private student loans, consider all of the costs . It’s not terribly uncommon for students to be thrown into a state of financial uncertainty while they’re in college, and it can be difficult to sort through the financial issues in time to cover the next tuition bill.

Use your grant to cover the rising cost of rents: minister tells students © macmonagle.com Ciara O’Sullivan (centre) with her sisters Aisling, left and Laura at Presentation School Milltown, Co. Kerry. Photo: Don MacMonagle

UCD made nearly €28 million in student accommodation rent in 2017.
UCD made nearly €28 million in student accommodation rent in 2017

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