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UPV/EHU university fees will remain frozen despite inflation

Jesus Carames

April 15, 2024 | 7:38 p.m.

In an effort to keep higher education accessible, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) has announced that university fees will remain frozen for the tenth consecutive year, despite a cumulative 34% increase in the Consumer Price Index ( IPC) since 2011. This measure seeks to alleviate the financial burden on students and facilitate access to education.

Price stability against inflation

The Minister of Education, Jokin Bildarratz, presented the proposal for public prices for the 2024-2025 academic year during the meeting of the public university education coordination council, where it was approved without objections. This decision implies that the cost of the first registration at the UPV/EHU will not vary with respect to that established in the 2011-2012 academic year, providing significant financial relief in the face of persistent inflation.

Expansion of scholarships and study aid

In addition to the freezing of fees, the Basque Council of Universities has approved an extension in the call for scholarships and study aid for the next academic year. With a 5% increase in the income threshold necessary to access these aid, more students will be able to benefit from this financial support. In particular, provision will be improved for those students who need accommodation outside their usual residence due to their studies.

Positive impact on the student community

The freezing of fees and the expansion of study aid are measures that reflect the commitment of the university and the regional government to accessible education. These policies not only facilitate financial management for students and their families but also ensure that more young people can pursue their academic aspirations without the fear of an unsustainable financial burden.

Continuity in educational accessibility

The University of the Basque Country thus positions itself as a leading institution in the promotion of educational accessibility, a fundamental pillar for the socioeconomic development of the region. With these measures, the UPV/EHU demonstrates its social responsibility and its active role in the training of future generations in an increasingly challenging economic environment.

These initiatives of the UPV/EHU and the Basque government are a clear example of how educational institutions can play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of inflation and the cost of living on access to higher education, ensuring that this fundamental right remains within the reach of all sectors of society.

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