€22 million Support Allocated to Third-level Students

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€22 million Support Allocated to Third-level Students – €17.1 million in student supports and €5 million to support students’ mental health and wellbeing has been announced. Additional supports were provided in Budget 2023 to help reduce the cost of living for students.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris

“Budget 2023 recognised the significant cost of education facing students and their parents.

“That is why we reduced the contribution fee by €1,000 for all undergraduate free fees eligible students and increased all student maintenance grant payments by at least 10 per cent effective from January. It is why the Government reduced public transport fees too.

“These were important measures in the cost of living crisis. It is also important students know there is additional assistance available too.

“The Student Assistance Fund is available in publically funded colleges across the country and is accessible to anyone who needs help with the day-to-day costs such as transport, rent, childcare, college materials etc.

“This fund now stands at €17.1 million and is available through your access offices.”

€22 million Support Allocated to Third-level Students

In addition, €5 million is being provided in mental health supports for the 2022/2023 academic year for students in publically funded institutions across the country.

Minister Harris added: “Students have endured an incredibly difficult few years and this fund ensures we can continue to invest in services and in the wellbeing of students.”

Dr Alan Wall, CEO of the HEA noted that:

“The positive mental health and wellbeing of our students in higher education is a building block to their success as learners. By creating supportive learning environments institutions and institutional leaders can assist students in navigating the changes and challenges students may encounter during their time in formal education and afterwards.

“In using this funding to provide students with access to supports and to mobilise all members of the campus community to implement the National Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework, HEIs can provide the leadership needed in the post Covid learning environment to enhance the student experience, to ensure each student can capitalise on their potential and contribute overall to their positive development.”

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Steven Galvin

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