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Trinity joins universities that give asylum seekers and refugees free tuition

Trinity College Dublin is the latest Irish university to offer free fees and other supports to students living in direct provision to help them pursue third-level education.

The university's academic council has approved four four-year scholarships, for each of the next four years, for asylum seekers and refugees.

As well as free fees, they will receive a €1,500 a year, a laptop and free meals.

It follows similar lines to what is on offer in universities with University of Sanctuary status in recognition of their efforts to make higher education more accessible to people living in direct provision.

Without such initiatives, asylum seekers and refugees are treated as "international students" and would be liable for fees, well beyond even the €3,000 a year paid by Irish and other EU students, while the additional supports make the difference between being able to attend college and not.

Full article can be read on the Irish Independent by clicking here.