It’s tempting to leave it until the summer to start thinking about school costs but if you can bring yourself to think ahead, now might be the time to start planning, budgeting and saving for what can be an expensive time.
It’s February in Limerick. Families of sixth class primary school students will either be heaving a huge sigh of relief or experiencing angst that they now know the secondary school that will educate and guide their child over the next six years.
There are lots of things to think about. Being MABS the cost is something we are very conscious of.
Thanks to our colleagues in North Cork MABS and their work with families in their area we can offer you a sense of what it will cost you to put your children through each year of secondary school.
We estimate it will cost you at least €1,316 to get your child through first year. That’s based on a voluntary contribution of approximately €250. If your child’s school asks you for more, then you need to factor that in and increase your budget. We’ve included costs for books, stationery, uniform, insurance, lunch money, colours days, concerts, and a school trip to the Young Scientist competition. However, there are certainly other costs that may come up. Some schools now ask parents for booking fees, to buy an iPad or to fund trips abroad. When you go to your welcome meeting or to accept your child’s place it might be an idea to ask the school’s parents council to give the parents of incoming students a heads up on the costs that they should expect so that you can prepare.
First year is by no means the most expensive year. Parents often think of Transition Year as costly but the one to really watch for is Fifth Year. The True Cost of Education MABS survey shows that Fifth Year is the most expensive school year – costs more than doubled to €3,227, by comparison to First Year !
Parents BE WARNED. BE PREPARED. Get budgeting. Limerick MABS can help. Give us a call 0761 072 210 or email Limerick@mabs.ie or Like our Facebook page @MABSLimerick for information and tips.