Students are set to get an early Christmas present from the Government worth €250!
The hand-out to college students, including those at LYIT, is part of a new one-off Covid-19 scheme that will be announced today.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is due to launch the new €50 million coronavirus payment initiative for third level students later today.
The funding is part of a Government initiative to recognise the difficult year that students have faced during the pandemic.
Almost all classes have moved online and a range of activties cancelled as students struggle with normal college life.
All students who avail of the SUSI grant will get a €250 top up in their payments in the run up to Christmas as part of the scheme.
And students who are not on the SUSI grant will be able to reduce any of their outstanding payments to their college by €250.
Separate arrangements will be made in some cases for students to collect their €250 in order to make sure every student in the country gets a payment.
The one off €50 million spend is part of Budget 2021 and is an addition to the €15 million IT scheme, €10 access supports and €3 million mental health spend increase.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris is due to meet with the presidents of all third level institutions in Ireland to discuss how college life will look for students in 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.Tags: