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Saturday 25 November 2017

Now primary school costs spiral to hit €1,000 a year

The cost of educating a child is rising
The cost of educating a child is rising
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Parents are spending almost €1,000 a year to send a child to primary school and €1,500 on putting their child through secondary school.

New research by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) has found that back-to-school costs have soared by more than a third since 2012. It now costs on average €967 to send a child back to primary school

And parents getting their child ready for secondary school in September will spend on average €1,474.

Among the biggest costs facing parents of primary school children are uniforms (€145), school lunches (€129), books (€94), transport costs (€83) and the so-called 'voluntary contribution' (€77).

And the price of going to college has reached €11,000 per year due to a rise in the cost of rent, public transport and the student contribution charge.

DIT Campus Life's annual cost of living guide says rent nationally averages €343 per month and is €462 in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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