Emergency student fund for accommodation on the cards

An emergency student accommodation fund, a cut in fees and increases in grants are all being considered ahead of the Budget in Ireland, writes Elaine Loughlin for the Irish Examiner.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is adamant that the cost of third-level education should be addressed in October’s budget and is also looking at special measures to protect students at risk of homelessness.

This is expected to include a €440,000 (US$479,000) annual emergency accommodation fund which would be available through student unions in each campus. Feedback from the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has indicated that support from the Student Assistance Fund, while valued, can take a number of weeks to be processed, which puts some students at risk, especially at the start of the academic year when there is a significant demand for student accommodation.
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