28.7% reduction amounting 10.4 million over the previous year
According to the “Statistics of Scholarships and Study Grants”, released last week by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, 12,415 scholarship and study grants holders at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) received 26,245,900 euros in the 2013-2014 year, representing a reduction of 10,411,100 euros over the previous year, which amounted to 36.657 million euros. The Ministry reduced its contribution in 5,718,500 euros to the students at the UCLM and the regional government reduced the 4,692,600 remaining euros.
The scholarship and study grants recipients from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) saw how the education authorities reduced the education budget in 10,411,100, compared to the previous year, in the 2013-14 academic year. A number of conclusions emerge from the “Statistics of Scholarships and Study Grants” that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports published the last 31st of July, in which notes a reduction from 36,657 million euros in the 2012-13 academic years to 26,245,900 euros in the 2013-14 academic years. This 28,7% reduction in scholarships and study grants does not correspond with the slight 2,4% reduction in the number of students enrolled at the UCLM, which rose from 28,384 in 2012-13 to 27,706 in 2013-14. These figures do not count the PhD and Continuous Professional Development students, reaching a total of 30,000 students within the regional university.
The decrease of 10,411,100 euros is caused by the change in the scholarships and study grants policy by the Ministry of Education from the central government and the practical abolition of this policy by the Ministry of Education from the regional government. In the first case, the Ministry reduced 5,718,500 euros (18% less) its contribution to UCLM students, from 31,845,100 euros granted in 2012-2013 to 26,126,600 euros in 2013- 2014 academic year. In the second case, the Department of Education in the region did the same, reducing 4,692,600 euros (97.5% less), so that only contributed 119,300 euros in 2013-2014 having granted 4,811,900 euros in the previous year.
The scholarships and study grants policy followed by the Government of Castilla-La Mancha in the 2013-2014 academic year is unparalleled in the regional outlook, since except for Navarra (-17.7%) and Madrid (- 3.4%), which also reduced their contributions although to a much lesser extent, all regional governments increased their support to university students, outlining in this regard Andalucía (48.9%), La Rioja (47%), Galicia (39.8%), Extremadura (26.2%), Asturias (15.1%), Catalonia (15%), Murcia (14.3%) and the Basque Country (11.9%).
In those scholarships and study grants granted by the Ministry of Education, UCLM students benefited from up to 10 types of scholarships and study grants, being the most relevant those corresponding to the exemption of tuition fees and prices with 8,668 recipients and 6,479,900 euros ; variable amount to mitigate the general expenditure derived from studies with 7,014 recipients and 8,278,400 euros; housing grants to alleviate the costs of accommodation outside the family home during the academic year with 3,822 recipients and 5,731,500 euros; compensatory grant intended for families with lower incomes with 2,703 recipients and 4,053,400 euros; families with 3 children that reimburse the registration fee for large families with 2,967 recipients and 819 300 euros.
The UCLM advances the amount of the exemption grants concerning the prices and tuition fees and the reimbursement for those families with 3 children to those students accrediting the quality requirements, so that they can carry out their university studies without having to face the fees payment until the Ministry resolves their applications. The whole process is managed from the Academic Area of the University supported by the Academic Management Department and the Department for Students’ Management coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office for Students.
On August 6, the administrative decision of the Ministry of Education, by which general grants aimed at university students are called for the 2015-16 academic year, was published in the “Boletin Oficial del Estado”, leaving open the applications deadline from August 7 until October 15, both inclusive.
Press Release Office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, August the 7th 2015.
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