The Balearic Islands will refund five million euros in first university enrolments with a call for applications to be published this month by the UIB.

Oct 17, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The maximum saving will be €1,800 per student and the money will be returned in January.

The President of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Francina Armengol, met this Thursday with the UIB’s Consell de Govern, representatives of the Consell d’Estudiants and representatives of the UIB’s student associations to discuss the recently announced refund of 100% of the cost of the first enrolment fees for Bachelor’s and qualifying Master’s degrees for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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During the meeting, the President of the Government explained that they are working together with the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) to draw up a call for applications to manage the refund, a measure that will involve an investment of five million euros and which forms part of the plan drawn up by the Government to tackle the rise in prices with direct benefits for students.

To be eligible, students must declare less than €52,800 of income in their joint tax return or less than €33,000 in their individual tax return. The maximum saving will be €1,800. In this way, it is hoped to reach around 6,000 students at the University.

After the meeting, Francina Armengol explained that this measure comes after the Government “planned a social shield to attend to the families and sectors of the population most affected by inflation”. The President of the Government has assured that “we have already lived through times of economic crisis that destroyed many opportunities for young people and we do not want to relive them”, but rather “we have to make a clear commitment to training and social justice”.

Francina Armengol recalled that in recent years university fees had already been frozen, and that this is the first academic year that has begun with a reduction in the price of enrolment, a measure to prevent “any young person from being left without studying because they cannot afford to pay for enrolment”.

The call for applications will be managed directly by the UIB, via its website, and will also include another of the measures announced by the Govern: a 50% reduction in the cost of second enrolments, which will benefit 3,000 students and involve an investment of two million euros. The call for applications is expected to be published at the end of the month and the money will be returned to the families in January.

In addition, Francina Armengol has also confirmed that travel on the entire TIB network will be free for 45,000 high school, vocational training and university students. The cost of the measure is €500,000.

The meeting was also attended by the Councillor for European Funds, University and Culture, Miquel Company, and the Rector of the UIB, Jaume Carot.