The University students will be able to access a scholarship to study the degree or a qualifying master’s degree with an average grade of 5 points, instead of the 6.5 required so far, according to the royal decree on income thresholds and amounts of study aid approved for the next academic year in the Minister council.
This was announced at a press conference after the government meeting by the Minister Spokesperson, Maria Jesus Montero, which has detailed that a investment of 2,038 million euros for 460,000 scholarships for non-university education students and 390,000 university students for the next academic year, which represents 138 million more than last year and 24.5% more beneficiaries.
According to Montero, this investment shows the government’s commitment to talent and it avoids discrimination based on income, since one in four new recipients of scholarships for the next academic year “previously could not access it.”
The royal decree approved by the Government establishes the thresholds for income and family assets and the amounts of scholarships and study aid for the 2021-2022 academic year.
According to the government, the budget for scholarships has increased by 39.6% since 2018 and the number of beneficiaries increases by 24.5%.
To obtain a scholarship or take an enabling master’s degree an average grade of 5 points will be sufficient, instead of the 6.5 required so far, both in first and second year.
According to data from the Ministry of Universities, in the 2019-2020 academic year 322,999 students benefited from scholarships, a figure that rose to 362,783 in 2020-2021, representing an increase of 11% (39,784 new scholarship holders).
Regarding full scholarships (which access threshold 1), there were 90,006 beneficiaries in the 2019-2020 academic year and 172,492 in the 20-21, 98% more and 88,486 new scholarship holders.
Increase the amount of the basic scholarship to study Basic Vocational Training, which goes from 300 euros to 350 euros. This is the scholarship received by non-university students who do not obtain income-related assistance.
This measure is added to the increase in the fixed amounts of 100 euros, the raising of the income threshold 1 and the one approved as a note of access to these aid; some improvements already introduced in the previous 2020-2021 call.
The next call also foresees the incorporation of students with severe communication and language disorders among the beneficiaries of the aid for students with specific educational support needs (NEAE).
What’s more, for student victims of gender violence, the accreditation requirement is abolished, by an educational authority, that the applicant’s lower academic performance is related to the violence suffered.
The extraordinary measures adopted during the pandemic are maintained, which will not be taken into account in a way that will not be taken into account, to grant a scholarship, the subjects, credits or modules that have not been able to be taken or evaluated properly.
More agile procedures
The Government has announced that Work continues to reform administrative management with the aim of advancing the application for scholarships several months.
Thus, students will be able to find out before the start of the course if they meet the financial requirements to receive the aid.
According to the ministries of Universities and Education, this reform requires changes that involve several administrations, so it is planned to launch it in the 2022-2023 academic year.
In addition, both ministries work with the communities to create a common portal with the calls for state and regional aid.