Can children who are seeking asylum or recognised as refugees go to school? All children that have been given refugee status are entitled to the same rights as Irish children including the same access to education. Children that are waiting for a decision on their asylum application can attend primary and secondary school, but they are not entitled to free fees for college and must pay non-EU fees which they usually cannot afford. Remember, people seeking asylum receive only €29.80 for children and €38.80 for adults. This must cover any additional expenses a person may have. It would take a long time to save enough for college fees.