Tips for college
"GET USED TO BEING POOR"
At present there are 4 different types of grant schemes and are as follows:
A student who has qualified for the non-adjacent full maintenance will
receive £l,690 over the academic year. This amounts to £46.90
per week over 36 weeks.
Higher Education Grant (H.E.G.) scheme
Vocational Education Committees' (V.E.C.) scheme
European Social Fund-aided (E. S.F.) 3' level courses maintenance
European Social Fund-aided Post Leaving Certificate (P.L.C.) courses maintenance
This payment alone will not cover the price of accommodation
for a lot of people in the coming year especially with the price of rents
today both in Dublin and in other cities and towns.
Cian O'Callaghan, USI Welfare Officer, has just updated the costs of
going to college for the coming academic year. It has
been calculated that it costs a student, who is living away from home,
approximately £553.54 per month or f 138.38 per week to go to college.
Compare that to what students receive with a grant: Receive:
£46,90 p.w. Vs Expenditure: £138.38.
Another worrying aspect to the grant system, is what happens
to those people who badly need a grant in order to go to college and yet
barely miss the cut-off points? How do these people manage to get
through college financially? What about those people who simply do
not go to 3rd Level because they just cannot afford to?
Once people do get into 3d Level and are finding it difficult
to cope financially often take on a part-time job. More often than
not, it will be in a bar or a fast-food restaurant, which entails long
and very late hours for many students and then are expected to be up for
lectures at 9 a.m. with only a few hours sleep - would this be tolerated
elsewhere? This sort of practice can only adversely affect a student's
performance in exams and other assessments throughout the year.
As regards average wage for students, this varies as it depends on how
many hours they work. However, the more hours worked in a pub or
elsewhere results in less college work being done and finally resulting
in poor exam marks.
Taking on a part-time job means financial security, however, it invariably
means your study is going to suffer and lets not forget people are in college
to "learn" and get the best grades possible and should be done unhindered.