Tuesday 6 December 2016

Points race no longer the only barrier in getting to college

Kevin Donoghue

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

CAO points are no longer the only barrier in getting to college as accommodation costs increase
CAO points are no longer the only barrier in getting to college as accommodation costs increase

Anyone preparing either themselves or their children for college will be aware there is a shortage of student accommodation, particularly in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

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It used to be the case that the difficult part was securing enough points in the Leaving Certificate. Increasing costs and lack of availability are forcing pupils to consider where they can afford accommodation and worry about the course afterwards.

An Irish League of Credit Union study shows that the percentage of students living at home increased from 44pc in 2013 to 62pc two years later. Meanwhile, there has also been a notable increase in those qualifying for the non-adjacent grant rate - those living more than 45km from their college.

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