PRICE OF KNOWLEDGE: Are rising costs a barrier to third-level education?
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Ireland has the highest third-level fees in the EU, with students also burdened with record rental costs.

Student groups have documented wide ranging impacts, with students forced to take on multiple part-time jobs, commute halfway across the country and even sleep rough or on couches.

Our investigative team will examine the rise in costs and how they block students from receiving their education.


We will speak to students and representative bodies about the impact on wellbeing including international students who face higher fees and difficulties in accessing accommodation.

Our reporters will analyse State files to identify concerns over third-level investment and use Freedom of Information (FOI) to see if concerns raised by student groups are being heard by policymakers.

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