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Almost 900,000 students received a scholarship in the 2020-2021 academic year, 10.8% more than in the previous one


Two girls at the gates of a school.

Two girls at the gates of a school.
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About 900,000 students received a scholarship or study aid in the 2020-2021 academic year, 10.78% more than the previous year, according to the data provided this Wednesday by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and the Ministry of Universities in the annual scholarship dissemination session held with the autonomous communities and the universities involved in the management of these aids.

The 37.8% increase in the budget for scholarships between 2018 and 2021, The increase in the fixed amounts by 100 euros and the raising of income threshold 1 until it is almost equal to that of poverty, has made it possible, according to both Ministries, that each year the number of students who receive a scholarship increases. Thus, last year 896,469 students received a scholarship, 10.78% more than in 2019-2020 and 14.3% more than in 2017-2018. In addition, many of them, especially those from families with lower incomes, received a higher amount.

The objective of the reforms introduced by the Government is, according to both Ministries, that the scholarships reach those who need them most, guarantee the right to education for everyone and combat dropping out of school for economic reasons.

“We continue with the commitment to improve the scholarship system that allows progress towards a more inclusive education. The recent reform has considerably increased the number of scholarship recipients who have accessed threshold 1. In the next call, a significant effort will be made to advance the management of scholarships that allow to reduce the uncertainty of the scholarship holders “, has indicated the Secretary of State for Education, Alejandro Tiana.

In recent years, the academic requirements that allow access to these aids, setting access to the scholarship at non-university levels as approved. Along the same lines, as a novelty in this call, the minimum grade to access a scholarship for an enabling master’s degree will also be a five.

“The measures taken by the Government have made it possible to double the number of university students who accessed a full scholarship for rent, going from 90,006 scholarship holders in the 2019-2020 academic year to 172,492 in the 2020-2021 academic year, which represents an increase of 88,486 students with a fixed amount linked to income, thus advancing in equal opportunities in the right to university education “, highlighted the Secretary General for Universities, José Manuel Pingarrón.

Scholarships for academic year 2021-2022

15 days after the close of the 2021-2022 call, a total of 724,671 students have already applied for a scholarship for this course. Of these, 390,401 belong to non-university levels, whose deadline ends on September 30, and 334,270 to bachelor’s or master’s degrees, a modality that will remain open until October 14.

The forecast for this call, to which they have been destined 2,038 million euros (39.6% more than in 2018), is that the number of students receiving a scholarship is around 850,000 (not counting aid for students with special educational needs), which is “a record number”, according to both Departments .

News scholarships 2022-2023

During the day, the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary General for Universities also reported on the progress in the reform of the administrative management which will allow the application for scholarships to be advanced several months.

This measure, one of the main news in the next call 2022-2023, will allow students to know before the start of the course whether or not they meet the financial requirements to receive these grants.

Both Ministries also work with the autonomous communities in the creation of a common portal that welcomes the different calls for state and regional scholarshipss to make it easier for citizens to find these study grants, thus addressing a historical claim from student associations.


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