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Housing benefit for Attica students

Students from islands belonging to the prefecture of Attica, such as Kythera, Hydra, Spetses and Salamina, as well as those living in mainland Attica but more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the tertiary institution where they have been accepted for study, will be granted housing assistance of 1,000 euros. The benefit was awarded last year to those studying outside their home prefecture, and is to be extended this year. The move was decided earlier this month by Education Minister Marietta Giannakou. The decision was made given that students from the Argo-Saronic Islands, though they do not live far from the capital, are usually forced to rent an apartment in Athens or Piraeus due to the difficulties and costs of commuting.