Budget 2016 - The Student: 'If I had the chance to do it over again, I would complete my full education in Germany'
'If I had the chance to do it over again, I would complete my full education in Germany'
An Irish student who relies heavily on her grant to survive financially would "complete my full education in Germany" if she had the chance to do it all over again.
Catherine Kinnarney (20s) is from Co Offaly but lives in Dublin's Cork Street.
She told independent.ie that the student grant she receives "barely covers the cost of accommodation alone" and "that's apart from the other day-to-day expenses".
"I lived abroad in Munich, Germany for a year and the cost of living was so much lower than Ireland.
"The registration were under €500, compared to €3000 here - that alone was an incredible relief for me," she said.
Catherine believes that the Government need to refocus their energies towards the student and education sector in the upcoming Budget.
"If they decreased the registration fees give more money to grants that would be good," she said.
The Tullamore woman intends to vote for Fine Gael in the next General Election but "will most certainly change that" if the Budget doesn't fall in her favour.
"My biggest fears are essentially the increased costs for students, that the cost of the registration fees will go higher than €3000, or that maybe they’ll decrease the grant money that they will give to students.
"My studies then would probably be affected because I would have to get a part-time job – and it would be very difficult to balance the two," she said.
Catherine reveals that Germany was a "much more enjoyable city to study in", with free student facilities from health scans to book trades on offer.
"To do it all over again I would complete my full education in Germany. I am comtemplating my masters after this degree and Germany looks like a wonderful option."
Video by Jason Kennedy