LIMERICK Institute of Technology has doubled its range of financial supports available, allocating funding of €1.1m to support students who find themselves unable to meet their financial demands.
Dr Maria Hinfelaar, president of LIT, said the college is very aware of the financial sacrifice associated with going to college but they hope to ease that burden for those who are seriously struggling with an array of supports available .
“Financial hardship is often cited as one of the primary reasons for dropping out of college,” said Dr Hinfelaar.
With almost 2,500 students in Limerick receiving their Leaving Certificate results, as well as the first round of CAO offers this week, she said preparations are underway at LIT, the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the year for 2013, to welcome their new cohort of first year students in September.
Amongst some of the programmes expecting high numbers at LIT this year are software development, applied social care, creative multimedia and sports strength and conditioning.
A recent survey by the Accommodation Office at LIT showed Limerick offered the best value for money across all types of student accommodation in comparison to Cork, Galway and Dublin, at only €65 a week.
LIT saw increased demand for its science and technology courses in addition to continued strong demand for its art and design programmes. LIT’s new programme offering in fashion and knitwear design has started on a strong footing, said Dr Hinfelaar, and the programme will be run at LIT’s new Fashion Incubator which will also house startup businesses and is at the heart of the revitalised Limerick city centre.
This year also sees the launch of new degrees at LIT, such as in entrepreneurship and in internet design and business technology.
Thirty-five per cent of courses at LIT saw an increase in points this year, while 15 courses went down in points.