The Irish League of Credit Unions reports that nine out of ten parents support their child through third-level education, contributing an average of €428 a month. When tuition and registration fees are added into the mix, the average cost of going to college in Ireland is reported to be almost €10,000 a year. The latest Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Cost of Living Survey found that the average cost for students living away from home in Dublin is €11,766 per year.
Every year around 20% of students drop out of college, often due to financial pressure, yet, only one-third of students are eligible for the full SUSI student grant.
It is well worth taking a look at the other opportunities available to supplement costs in some way. In this area, you will find useful information on Student Finance, Disability and Financial Support, and Scholarships and Award Schemes.