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The UPV / EHU renews the Social Fund for aid to students with difficulties in paying tuition

The Governing Council of the university also approves the offer of own degrees for the 2014-2015 academic year

The Governing Council of the UPV / EHU has approved this Thursday the new call for refundable grants aimed at students with difficulties in paying tuition for the 2013/14 academic year. This Social Fund aims to address these difficulties when they come from economic circumstances that have arisen or that persist over time, once the university studies begin.

According to the Vice Chancellor of Students, Employment and Social Responsibility, Maite Zelaia, until the next day 27 may apply for assistance from the Social Fund people enrolled in the UPV / EHU who are studying undergraduate and graduate degrees, degrees, studies of adaptation of diplomas to degrees, or university master’s degrees with professional attributions or orientations, and that have not received scholarships or grants for the 2013-2014 academic year.

These persons must justify an economic difficulty that has arisen after the beginning of the academic year or that the situation they suffer will last over time, once the studies begin.


In the call for the 2012-2013 academic year, 32 applications were submitted, of which 28 were accepted. During the process, four people gave up on continuing in the call, two of them paid the debt in a single term and two others abandoned their studies. Finally, there were 24 people who took refuge in the fund. Of these, five correspond to the Campus of Álava, 14 to the Campus of Bizkaia and another five to the Campus of Gipuzkoa. The 24 accepted applications have meant a total of 21,829 euros of debt.

To make the payment there are two modalities, such as cash reimbursement and mixed modality, which involves the reimbursement of 60 percent in cash and 40 percent through collaborative activities. Each hour of activity corresponds to 10 euros of debt. Of the people covered by the Social Fund, 13 opted for the payment of the debt in cash and 11 decided to use the mixed modality.

The people included in this fund for the 2012-2013 academic year committed to pay in six months the aid provided by the university. Of the 24 people received, 10 have paid the debt contracted within the agreed deadlines. The rest have one or several pending payments and only five have not made any income.

In the event of non-payment, the university will wait until the exam period to adopt individualized measures. Also, for the next academic year, the UPV / EHU has planned to allocate 100,000 euros to this fund.

On the other hand, the Governing Council has approved the creation of UPV / EHUren Hezkuntzaren Museum-Museum of Education of the UPV / EHU, in order to “recover, safeguard and publicize the historical memory of education in Euskal Herria ” The documentation center, in addition to a space for the conservation and interpretation of the historical-educational heritage, will be a place of study, research and didactic use that will be located in the Campus of Gipuzkoa.

In addition, this body has also approved the new titles that will be offered next year 2014/15. Among them there are master’s degrees (60 to 120 ECTS credits, adapted to the European Higher Education Area) and university specialist degrees (30 and 59 ECTS credits).

The next course will be added to the offer three new graduate degrees, all of them university specialist. Audit and Socio-Labor Consultancy has the objective of qualifying professionals who develop work management of the staff and control over business decisions that affect the work contract.

‘Agroekologia: trantsiziorako gure bideak lantzen’ will be taught in Euskera and is aimed at professionals from different administrative levels working with the first sector, while integrated dental aesthetics, will form in the field of aesthetic dentistry. In total, 35 own postgraduate degrees will be offered (20 specialists and 15 masters).

In addition, next year the UPV / EHU will offer a new graduate degree, such as Private Detective, which will last three courses. The UPV / EHU will continue offering the next course two other expert titles: Intensification in aeronautical technologies and machine tools and manufacturing technologies, linked to engineering degrees. Pre-registration for own titles starts next Monday, June 9, and can be done online.