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Martin O’Sullivan: Farming and the cost of college – how much will a third-level course for your children set you back, and can you get a grant?

It’s an urban myth that farmers can milk the third-level grant system, but there is help available for many farm families

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Expensive process: The annual cost of attending college, for those who are not in a position to commute and who are not in receipt of any grants, is around €19,000

Expensive process: The annual cost of attending college, for those who are not in a position to commute and who are not in receipt of any grants, is around €19,000

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How much a grant is worth

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Expensive process: The annual cost of attending college, for those who are not in a position to commute and who are not in receipt of any grants, is around €19,000

It is that time of year when Leaving Cert students have nominated their preferred third-level course and the question of funding college is being gingerly brought up at many a family breakfast table.

There is a general perception that farmers’ children are among the main beneficiaries of third-level education grants, and that farmers can easily play the system.


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