Many Tipperary students are living in fear and many are on financial breaking point because their third level grants have not been processed on time according to Cashel Sinn Féin Cllr Martin Browne.
Cllr Browne said “I have spoken to Students and Parents about the delay, and some were considering dropping out due to the huge financial worry which has been placed on them and their families by processing delays in the system.“Recently the Irish League of Credit Unions released research which showed that on average it is costing parents nearly €1,000 a month to put their children through college. It is increasingly difficult for students to find part time employment that suits their hours out of study and this leaves them with no choice but to get help from their families.”
“The slow processing of student grants again this year is very worrying for students and parents alike. We all remember the SUSI grant fiasco last year and the horror stories of students dropping out because they couldn’t afford food and rent. It is imperative that we do not witness a repeat of that this year. These grants need to be processed faster and students should not be waiting until their second term to receive this funding.”
Cllr Browne concluded saying that he will also support the call from the Union of Students in Ireland to government to prevent any cuts to the student maintenance grant in budget 2014.
“It is vitally important that we protect our students welfare and ensure that they can complete their selected courses without being forced to drop out due to financial considerations. If we are to really build a smart economy so that Ireland can once again compete on the global stage and build or economy and create jobs.”