With higher education costing between €10,000 and €15,000 per year for those in the asylum process in Ireland, the step into third level education is beyond their reach.
During the process of applying for asylum, which can take eight years or more to process in some cases, those seeking asylum cannot work or access free education. Further to the free fees initiative being unavailable, those in the asylum process are also not eligible for back to education allowance or the student maintenance grant, a service which more than 83,000 students received funding from for the 2015/16 academic year.
DCU have also gone that one step further, along with the Royal College of Surgeons with both colleges each waiving fees for at least one student from the asylum process.
In another successful outcome, one young man has progressed to a nursing degree course in the University of Limerick, thanks to the assistance of Doras Luimní, an organisation which supports and advocates for asylum seekers and refugees.
This particular student had before that successfully progressed from a pre-nursing course at a college of further education.