In just one year, the number of university students with scholarships with families at the lowest income levels doubles

Students present themselves to the Selectividad in Murcia.MARCIAL GUILLNEFE

Manuel Castells has lowered the requirement for university students to be eligible for financial aid to study a qualifying master’s degree, which is the one that must be taken to work in some professions, such as a lawyer, institute professor, health psychologist or some engineers . Until now a 6,5 for these students, but from the next year all they have to do is get a 5 to get a scholarship.

The Minister council has approved this Tuesday the royal decree which establishes the thresholds for income and family assets and the amount of scholarships and study aid for 2021/2022 for both high school and university students. One of the novelties with respect to other courses is this change in the required grade, which is added to the one that was already made for undergraduate students, going from the 6.5 that was requested at the time of Jos Ignacio Wert to 5 to be able to enjoy financial aid.

In those years, Wert argued that this higher grade had made the students get back on their feet and try harder. This Government defends that, since the university is subsidized for all students whether they have a scholarship or not, since they only pay around 20% of the real price of the degree, it would be unfair to ask for more from those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. The objective is to “democratize the right to higher education and increase the number of students entering universities.”

For the non-qualifying masters, which are not compulsory, an average of one 7, as requested with the PP.

The ministries of Education Y Universities have arranged a bag of more than 2.000 million euros for 850.000 students next year: 460.000 of institutes and 390.000 of universities. As the requirements are relaxed, the number of recipients in college has doubled in just one year in terms of full scholarships (people who access threshold 1 because their families have the most limited level of resources). Of the 90.006 2019/2020 beneficiaries has been 172.492 beneficiaries. Why?

Raise threshold 1

“Well, for two reasons”, they respond in the Castells team. “On the one hand they grow because of the scholarships that have been given due to the budget increase and on the other because many make the jump from threshold 2 to 1 with the changes we introduced. And then threshold 1 goes up a lot,” they indicate.

In this call, the money has been increased by 128 million euros, which, according to the Government, will be directed to “cover the entry of new beneficiaries as a result of the crisis derived from the pandemic of Covid-19“However, the changes requested by the students are still not collected, and they wanted to take into account also the families who have lost their jobs in recent months, since the aid is granted taking into account the income of the previous year. .

This year the amount of the base scholarship for the FBasic Professional Training (from 300 to 350 euros), where there are high dropout rates, and the incorporation of students with severe communication and language disorders is also foreseen among the beneficiaries of aid for students with specific educational support needs (neaei). For students who are victims of gender violence, the requirement for accreditation by an educational authority that the applicant’s lower academic performance is directly related to the violence suffered is abolished.

They keep paying late

The biggest problem, however, is that aid is still being paid too late. Sometimes when there is very little left to finish the course. And the student never knows in advance how much money he has to organize himself, rent an apartment or choose studies. Both ministries say they are working on a reform of administrative management that will allow the application to be advanced several months in such a way that students can know before the start of the course if they meet the requirements to access aid.

“It is a complex reform that requires major changes in the current system, so it is planned to implement it in the 2022-23 academic year,” they say. A common portal will also be created where all scholarship offers will be centralized.

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