Mary Immaculate College students are ready to take to the streets to fight plans to cut the student maintenance grant, according to student union president Johanna O’Brien.
Ms O’Brien made the comments following reports that the government is to cut the grant, currently paid to approximately 100,000 students nationwide, in the October budget.
The grant amounts to €3,025 over the course of the academic year for those who qualify for the full rate.
Ms O’Brien continued: “In general any cuts would make life very difficult for students. Budgeting is already a major thing for students this year. Firstly when choosing a college many students will have to factor in the cost of living away from home and may have to pick a college near them, this severely limits their choice.