The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on the government not to cut the student maintenance grant.
The call comes following reports today that the minister for education is considering introducing a blanket cut to the payment rather than applying a system of means testing like promised.
Ruairi Quinn has been told to slash his department's budget by 106 million euro - meaning cuts to grants and a hike in college fees look more likely.
President of the USI, Joe O'Connor, says the government should needs to put a halt to cuts in the education sector:
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