New figures expose class divide in higher educationIrish Times

Proportion of grant-holders far higher among regional institutes of technology

Up to three-quarters of students in some of the State’s colleges are reliant on grant support, according to new figures that highlight the scale of the class divide in Irish higher education.

School-leavers from more affluent backgrounds are much more likely to have places in universities offering high-points degrees.

By contrast, the proportion of students who rely on grants to pay for college is significantly higher in institutes of technology, especially in regional areas.

An Irish Times analysis of student enrolment and grant data for last year shows that UCD had the fewest grant-recipients (27 per cent), followed by Trinity College Dublin (28 per cent).

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