Over one-third of higher education students in Ireland experience severe financial problems, according to a new study of student living conditions.
The Eurostudent study, the 6th report of its kind, is being published by the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor during a visit to the GMIT Mayo campus in Castlebar.
Over 20,000 students attending higher education institutions were surveyed for the report, which found high levels of overall student satisfaction with the quality of teaching and the facilities of the institution.
However, about 36% of the total student population say they’re in severe financial difficulty.
The study shows overall average income for fulltime students is 754 euro per month, but average expenditure on living costs is 832 euro.
Accommodation is the largest single expense, with the average spend on accommodation at 365 euro per month.
The study also shows the number of students in higher education has increased by 7.8% since the last such study in 2013.
A higher proportion of male students attend Institutes of Technology, while a higher proportion of female students attend Universities and Colleges.
Mature students now account for 22% of the total student population, which 32% of students receive a grant .