More than 50% of Irish students at the top universities in the country are eligible for financial aid, a new survey shows.
Greece, Italy and Switzerland are the top five European nations in terms of student funding, while Ireland is second.
A report published by the Irish Times on Thursday shows that Irish students are one of the most generous students in Europe.
A total of 1,000 people aged 16-20 responded to the survey, of which about 50% were students.GPs are the main financial aid provider for most Irish students, accounting for almost 60% of the funding available.
Gates of GPs can be obtained for students, who are paid in cash.
The report says that the Irish government has not set up an office for student aid and that the current situation is a “somewhat unique situation”.GPs have already provided more than €1bn to students since 2009, when they were introduced in the wake of the global financial crisis.
However, the Irish Government says there are problems with the GPs’ work, with an increasing number of GPMG services being transferred from Ireland to other countries.
The Irish Government’s chief executive, Eileen Higgins, told the Irish Independent that it was “very important” that the GPMGs’ services are not transferred to countries where they cannot be easily accessed.
“We have made sure that the resources are maintained, and that there are resources in place for those GPMGES who are in Ireland and for those who wish to take advantage of the services offered,” she said.GPMGs have said that the transfers to other nations were necessary to keep up with the demand for services.
“There are more than 700 GPMGS in Ireland,” the group said in a statement to the Irish Examiner.
“It is a very difficult situation in which we are in.”
“We feel that it is the responsibility of GPNBs to ensure that services are provided to their students and to ensure they have access to the services they require,” it added.