SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 18 (EUROPE PRESS)
The Government Council of the Canary Islands has approved on Monday the Decree that sets the public prices to be met for the provision of academic services of a university nature for the 2018-2019 academic year, for the public universities of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, in which has included, for the second year in a row, a reduction in the cost of studies supported by families.
In a press conference, the Minister of Education, Soledad Monzón, has indicated that for the next academic year 2018/2019, the reduction of public prices will be 10 percent for undergraduate studies and 17.5 percent, for the Masters.
In this way, and taking into account the current prices of public universities in the rest of the State, “Canary Islands is the second Autonomous Community, behind Galicia, with the lowest university fees”.
Although it depends on the level of experimentality of the different studies, the cheapest price of a university credit will be fixed at 10.18 euros, so that in the Canary Islands you can study a full academic year of university degree studies, starting at 611 euros In the case of the qualifying master’s degrees, the minimum price per credit is 17.26 euros and, in the non-qualifying ones, 19.92.
These public prices are reached in the second of three years of price reduction in public universities, of the three planned by the Government to place them as the most economic of the State for families.
So that the reduction of 8 percent in the enrollment of the undergraduate studies and of 15 percent in the masters made last year did not affect the quality they can offer to the students, the Government compensated the universities with 3, 5 million additional euros.
With this new reduction in the part of the cost of tuition that falls on families, the Government’s forecast is to increase its funding by around four million euros more.
The purpose of this measure is to encourage enrollment in Canarian universities and, above all, “to ensure that no person with talent, skills and desire to pursue higher education have to give up for economic reasons,” he said.
The Decree also regulates the free or discount of studies for having obtained permission, such as honorary enrollments, extraordinary Baccalaureate or end-of-career awards and others, but also grants the application of these economic reductions to specific groups.
For example, people who have recognized a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33 percent will be exempt from paying the public prices established in the Decree, as well as persons who have been victims of armed gangs or acts of terrorism, as well as their spouses and descendants in the first degree.
For reasons of gender violence, women, their minor children and minors subject to their guardianship, or guardianship and custody, who have the status of victims of the violence referred to in Organic Law 1/2004, will be exempt. December 28, Measures of Comprehensive Protection against Gender Violence.
Persons suffering invalidating injuries within the scope of application of Royal Decree-Law 8/2004, of November 5, on compensation to participants in international peace and security operations, as well as to their first-degree descendants and spouses of the deceased persons, in their case, will be exempt from the payment of the public prices established in the Decree.
In addition, exemption is established for members of large families classified in the special category and a 50% bonus for those of a general category.
This important reduction in the cost of higher education for Canarian families goes a step further in the equity policy undertaken by the Government of the Canary Islands, so that the family economy is less and less a barrier to the formation of people, up to the maximum level of their capabilities.
Thus, from the 2017/2018 academic year, it was agreed with the public universities of the Canary Islands to facilitate the access of families to university studies, giving them more than the usual four terms for the payment of tuition fees. The extension up to six terms, which will be maintained next year, greatly facilitates families to face the costs of the studies.
The Canary Islands university scholarships are also maintained, with more than 12 million euros. All people who want to study at university and their family have a lower income of 38,831 euros per year (for families of 4 members), have paid the university enrollment the first year and, from the second, if they approve 70% of the subjects, 65% in Sciences or 50% in engineering and architecture.
In addition, the scholarships also include grants of up to 1,500 euros for rental reasons, another 1,500 for residence, help with transport costs according to the distance to the university center, and so on.
And if they have to move because on their island there is no chosen higher education or there is no place to take them, the Government will return next year to call for payment of four transfers from their island to the place of study and vice versa, explained Monsoon.