VALENCIA, 17 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Ministry of Education notes that the rise of 7.5 percent of university fees for the academic year 2011-2012 “is within the limits legally established by the Ministry of Education, in the General Conference on University Policy” and is justified “in the need to equalize the price of official university studies with the price approved in other autonomous communities.”
For this Thursday, there are student protests throughout Spain, also in the Valencian Community, among other reasons, to express their rejection of the rise in prices.
In this regard, from the regional administration remember that this increase “was agreed in coordination and consensus with the rectorales teams of public universities in Valencia” and that the percentage is 7.5 percent, that is, between 50.6 and 77 , 3 euros a year – or what is the same, 4.5 a month or 6.4 euros a month – depending on the level of experimentality of the degrees.
They also stress that, according to the latest report of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE 2010), the Comunitat Valenciana has the lowest price of credit registered in Spain with 9.91 euros on average, at a distance of more than 14 of the universities of Castilla-La Mancha, Navarra and Murcia, according to the data provided by the Ministry.
Likewise, they point out that it has also been agreed in the Valencian Council of Universities to increase 75% for those repeating students who register for the second time and 120% for those who register for the third time. This supposes an increase in quantitative terms 12 euros more with respect to the first enrollment for those students who enroll for the second time and of 7 euros more on the credit enrolled for those students enrolling for the third time (in comparison with the price of the credit of the second registration).
At the same time, the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment has increased the budget line for scholarships for exemption from the payment of university fees by 10 percent to reach 2.14 million euros. In particular, 25.9 million euros have been granted between the 2000-01 and 2010-11 academic year for these grants that compensate for the exemption from academic fees. In the last eleven courses a total of 41,432 university students have benefited.
Therefore, the Generalitat asserts that the amounts budgeted in university matter – 812 million euros – “guarantee the quality of the system and the access of students to a system of scholarships and grants” and adds that the Valencian Government “is going to continue to pay about 90 percent of the cost of tuition. “
Another complaint of the students is the norm that prepares the Consell to implant the differential payment of the price of the university matrícula on the part of the foreign students noncommunity. In this sense, the Ministry defends that it is a practice that already takes place in countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Switzerland or Sweden.
“It does not make sense that, for example, a US student benefits from the Valencian public university system that subsidizes 90 percent of the cost of enrollment when the principle of reciprocity is not given, that is, that the American government subsidizes 90 the enrollment of the Valencian student who decided to study in the USA, “argue the same sources.
Similarly, the Ministry takes as an example three degrees that can be representative of different levels of experimental and knowledge branches, such as Law, Engineering and Medicine, in the Valencian Community, and calculates that the credit price would be 12, 11, 17.71 and 18.48 euros, respectively.
If these numbers are compared with other autonomies, it is observed that “they maintain the same level as the rest”. In fact, in the Community of Madrid, the public price of these three degrees for the 2011/2012 academic year is more expensive – 14.05, 20.62 and 21.93 euros – and in Navarra, with public prices at first highest enrollment in all of Spain, reaches 15.10, 21.38 and 21.38 euros.
The objective of this measure, they add, is to “encourage the culture of effort among university students and to be aware that the real cost to citizens of an academic year is around 7,000 euros, of which the student barely pays 10% – 15% or what is the same, the Generalitat subsidizes 90% of the university cost “.
In the same line, they emphasize that the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment has also increased the amount allocated to R & D in their budgets for 2012 with a percentage increase of 1.10%. In addition, more than 63,000 euros per day will go to science and transfer projects and actions (a total of 23.3 million euros).