Students from rural areas finding it increasingly difficult to stay in college.

Students from rural areas entering college for the first time will find it increasingly difficult to complete their studies the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have warned.

President of USI Kevin Donoghue said “College is becoming more expensive all the time. The financial situation that many student families face means that the academic part of college is often not the most challenging. If you are coming to Dublin from the west coast of Ireland renting is your only option and for more and more families that is no option at all.

Donoghue, from Co. Mayo, went on to explain how important the fund is to students “The SAF provides much needed support in small doses. Sometimes families are unable to help with the basics such as heating and this fund is bridging a gap.”

USI Welfare Office Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin further noted that “Rising rents, fees and stagnant supports make it increasingly difficult for students and their parents to keep up with the cost of college. The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) allocation has decreased for the last few years and the demand has only increased.”

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