Author: Daniel Waugh

USI and RTB launch the Finance and Accommodation Guide to prep new Students for College

  The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) launched the 2016 Finance and Accommodation guide in Maynooth Students’ Union on Tuesday the 30th August in preparation for students coming to college. The guide details the rights and obligations students have while renting in accommodation and includes tips and advice for students who may be renting for the first time. It also informs students on the new tenancies regulations set by the Residential Tenancy Act 2015. The guide has a rent book and inventory checklist included, so students can record any damages or missing...

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60% of Parents Get into Debt Funding Third Level Education

  The Irish League of Credit Unions has launched the results of the 2016 Cost of Third Level Education Study which surveyed 1,000 Irish adults over the age of 18 with Marketing Research Company iReach. The research found that 60% of parents get into debt funding third level education; 73% of parents really struggle to cover the cost of their child’s third level education; and 62% of family budgets have been adversely affected by the third level registration fee. “The survey reflects what we’ve been saying time and time again.” Annie Hoey, USI President, said. “Third level education is...

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With the Leaving Cert Results out tomorrow, USI Issues Advice on Next Steps for Young People

With the Leaving Certificate results due tomorrow, this Wednesday, and CAO Round One offers due on the 22nd August, the Union of Students in Ireland is advising students across the country who wish to progress to third level education on the next steps to take. “The first thing we would like to say to students who have just done their leaving cert is congratulations.” Annie Hoey, USI President, said. “It’s probably the toughest exam most people will do in their life and it spans across so many diverse subjects, both optional and obligatory. It’s important to bear in mind that...

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Before the Leaving Cert Results on the 17th August USI Calls on the Public to Rent Spare Rooms to Students

CAO figures show a record number of students, 80,887, have applied to college this year – 877 up from 2015, but the shortage of student accommodation has never been so bad, according to the Union of Students in Ireland. With the Leaving Cert results due in five days on the 17th August, the Union of Students in Ireland is making a fresh call to the public to lease out spare rooms to students and make up to €12,000 annually tax-free. Homeowners can go to for further details. The Union of Students in Ireland said the shortage of student...

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USI calls on Leo Varadkar to change BTEA restrictions to help lone parents like Erica Fleming

The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, to change the BTEA (Back to Education Allowance) restriction to allow more single parents to progress to third level education, like Erica Fleming, a homeless mother-of-one who was offered a place in Trinity College via the Trinity Access Programme, but who was rejected for BTEA, which she needs to attend college. USI said while the SUSI grants help so many families, and the BTEA is a vital resource for mature learners, the stark truth is that any rules that allow clearly deserving people like...

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