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Things to ask
about when looking
for accommodation:


If you can't be good...
be careful!!


Get Used to Being Poor

Too Much Study &
Not Enough Time



Tips for college
"GET USED TO BEING POOR"

At present there are 4 different types of grant schemes and are as follows:

  1. Higher Education Grant (H.E.G.) scheme
  2. Vocational Education Committees' (V.E.C.) scheme
  3. European Social Fund-aided (E.  S.F.) 3' level courses maintenance grants scheme
  4. European Social Fund-aided Post Leaving Certificate (P.L.C.) courses maintenance scheme
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.

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.