Fewer third level students receiving grants

The number of County Leitrim based third level students receiving grants has dropped by 8.8%.

The number of County Leitrim based third level students receiving grants has dropped by 8.8%.

This is according to figures released by the SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) and the Department of Education which were released this week.

The study found that in the college year 2011/12, 912 Leitrim students availed of grants from the department. This dropped by 80 during 2013/14 when 832 students successfully applied for grants.

Dublin, and counties with a similar sized urban population saw large rises in the number of students getting grants which can be up to a total of €6,000 per annum.

In contrast, counties across the western seaboard have suffered the sharpest falls.

County Waterford was responsible for the largest percentage rise, with an 18.2 percent rise, while counties Dublin, Limerick and Kildare all followed.

At the other end of the spectrum, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cavan, Kerry and Leitrim suffered the biggest falls.

Mayo saw a 18.4% decline in those benefiting from grants, Sligo fell by 17.3 percent while Cavan fell by 14.2 percent.

Roscommon numbers dropped by 7.3 percent to 1414, while Longford saw a drop of 3.6 percent to 883.