More than 2.4 million students received some type of scholarship or study aid during the 2019-20 academic year, according to the ‘Statistics on Scholarships and Study Aids’, published today by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training ( MEFP), with data from the MEFP, the Ministry of Universities and the autonomous communities. It represents an increase of 3% compared to the previous year.
In total, 2,446,568 students received these grants, of which 1,080,198 received funding from the Ministries of Education and Vocational Training and Universities and 1,366,370 from the autonomous communities.
The most important rise is observed among students in compulsory education, Early Childhood Education and Special Education, with 6.9% more beneficiaries, up to 1,381,757.
The total amount of these scholarships and grants reached 2,228,131,130 euros. Almost half of this funding, 45.8%, is allocated to scholarships for university students, 29.2% corresponds to non-university post-compulsory education and the remaining 25% to compulsory education, Early Childhood Education and Special education.
On the other hand, 71.8% of the amount corresponds to the contribution of the MEFP and the Ministry of Universities, up to 1,599,239,174 euros, which represents an increase of 2.4% compared to the previous year. Within this heading, those of compulsory education, infant education and special education rose in particular (+ 9.9%) and post-compulsory non-university education (+ 4.5%).
The aid financed by the ministries includes the general call for scholarships and study aid (which accounts for most of this investment) and financing for the purchase of books and teaching materials, among others.
The weight of funding by the ministries is more important in university education (92%) and non-university post-compulsory education (81.6%).
Fight against school dropouts
A priority of the MEFP since 2018 has been the reform of the scholarship and study aid system, with the aim of making them reach those who need them most and thus reduce school dropouts for economic reasons.
In this time, the amount of the general call for scholarships and grants has thus increased by almost 40% (578 million euros), to exceed the 2,000 million euros budget for the 2021-22 call.
Among other measures, income threshold 1 has been raised to almost equate to the poverty threshold ; the access grade for these grants is approved; all fixed amounts have been raised by 100 euros; and the number of groups that can benefit from aid for students with specific educational support needs (NEAE) has been expanded.