With third level education costs continuing to spiral in Ireland, the financial pressure of putting a child through college has taken its toll on household budgets. Last year’s survey of third level costs by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) showed that a substantial 60% of parents were falling into debt to fund third level education.
A considerable 87% were supporting their children financially while they attended college and on average, these parents contributed just under €450 per month per child. 62% of family budgets were adversely affected by the third level registration fee alone according to the study.
Our Commitment To Students
St. Michael's Credit Union has always been on hand to assist parents in Blackrock and Mahon with meeting these costs. St. Michael's Credit Union can ensure that the loan terms are structured in a way to suit every individual situation best. There are no hidden payments or transaction fees, and the loan is less expensive than using a credit card or moneylender.
Roland Haussmann, St. Michael's Credit Union Manager said: “We are keenly aware of the huge financial burden that third level education places on students and their families in the local area and we would encourage parents and students alike to contact us. We know from our survey last year that parents are saving for an average of eight years to put their children through college and 68% of students were working during the college term to help make ends meet. We understand that because of the significant costs, many may have no option but to borrow. We would really encourage them to talk to us about our education loan in the first instance.”
Our €1,500 Student Bursary
In addition, St. Michael's Credit Union offers a €1,500 Student Bursary! The Tony Burke Bursary has had a revamp this year and is now open to all third level courses. Be sure to apply! Forms are available in our office or on our website. For further details can be found here; Student Bursary Details. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.