Ireland has the highest third-level fees in the EU, with students also burdened with increasingly higher accommodation costs.
Amid capacity issues at purpose-built student accommodation, many Irish students are forced to take on part-time jobs in order to cover rising costs of living and rising rents in the private market.
The steep cost of private accommodation has also resulted in record levels of homelessness among students sleeping on couches or commuting for hours a day.
This is all happening against a backdrop of under-investment in the third-level sector, with the Irish Universities Association recently calling for ramped up State spending following a dramatic fall in funding per student.
In 2021, the OECD ranked Ireland last out of 36 developed countries in education investment, with Irish third-level institutions slipping down international rankings in recent years as costs for students rise.
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We want to examine the rise in costs for students at third-level institutions across the country and how they are creating barriers to students receiving their education.
We want to speak to students and representative bodies about the impact rising costs are having on their lives, including international students who face higher fees and difficulties in accessing accommodation.
We want to identify gaps in State investment in third-level education and use Freedom of Information to see if under-investment concerns raised by representative groups are being heard.
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