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