The Ministry project provides for a new change in the criteria for awarding scholarships to students.
For the award of certain types of scholarships, the results of the last semester will not be taken into account, as stipulated in the previous order in the case of students of grades 5 and 9, but the results of the entire previous year, according to edupedu.ro.
For all students, the number of absences for the entire previous year will be taken into account, not the number of absences recorded in each semester. The new system also introduces a definition of family, which is taken into account when awarding scholarships and social studies. Additionally, it states that private school students can also benefit from performance scholarships.
The provisions will go into effect starting in the 2022-2023 school year.
Minister Soren Combino announced on Monday that both social grants and scholarships will be awarded to fifth-grade students from the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.
“For the first time, fifth grade students will be awarded both social grants and scholarships from the start of the 2022-2023 academic year. Social and study grants are awarded subject to the conditions for meeting the criteria for both categories of scholarships (including the criterion regarding a maximum number of 20 absences, and in the case of scholarships). – Based on annual qualifications and obtaining the annual certificate. The qualification is very good in the fourth grade. We remind you that the budget for student scholarships (1.032 billion lei) has been supplemented in the last budget revision of 300 million lei for 2022,” the minister wrote on Facebook.
Scholarships for Students 2022 – Major Changes
1. Private school students can get performance scholarships (Students from full-time courses in special pre-university education)
2. Define the term family – Family income is taken into account for two types of scholarships (study and social assistance)
The term “family” means the husband and wife or husband and wife and their unmarried children who live together and wholly or partly participate in the income and expenditure budget.
- The term “family” also includes an unmarried person who lives with his or her dependent children.
- The term ‘family’ refers to unmarried persons, with their children and each, who live together and wholly or partly participate in the budget of income and expenditure.
Scholarshipawarded to students “belonging to families with an average net monthly income per family member, during the last three months prior to the application, at most equal to the minimum net salary in the economy and who cumulatively fulfill the following conditions (.. .) When determining the average net monthly income of each family member, all permanent incomes earned by family members, including the supplementary allowance for children, are taken into account.
Social Assistance Grants It is awarded to students of state pre-university education, enrolled in full-time courses, including those who have studied at home or who are pursuing courses at a hospital school, and who fall into at least one of the following:
a) Students from families whose average net monthly income per family member, for the last 12 months prior to application, is not greater than 50% of the economy’s minimum net salary. When determining the average net monthly income of each family member, all permanent incomes earned by family members, including supplementary family allowance and child allowance, are taken into account. The minimum net salary of the economy in force on the date of application (…) will be taken into account.
3. Change reports from semester to academic year
merit award It is awarded to students with exceptional academic results if:
- In the previous school year, they had a minimum overall annual average of 9.50 and had accumulated no more than 20 unexcused absences per year, excluding fifth and ninth grades
- For 5th graders – in 4th grade they received a grade of ‘Very Good’ in all subjects and accumulated a maximum of 20 absences in the previous school year
- For 9th grade students – have a high school or vocational education acceptance rate of at least 9.50 and have accumulated a maximum of 20 absences in the previous school year
Scholarships It is awarded to students who belong to families with an average net monthly income per family member, for the last 3 months before the application, at most equal to the minimum net salary in the economy and who cumulatively fulfill the following conditions:
- Have a GPA of at least 7.50 and have not had more than 20 unexcused absences in the previous school year, with the exception of the fifth and ninth grades
- For 5th graders – in 4th grade, have a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ grade in all subjects and have accumulated a maximum of 20 absences in the previous school year
- For 9th graders – have a high school or vocational education entrance average of at least 7.50 and have accumulated a maximum of 20 absences in the previous school year
Recently, the criteria for awarding scholarships were changed by the Ministry of Education, according to a ministerial order published in January 2022 in the Official Gazette.
According to the document, merit scholarships from the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year were awarded to students with an average above 9.50, compared to 8.50, and scholarships were awarded to those who averaged between 7.50 and 9.50, instead of 7.00 – 8.50, as the threshold was in the previous order.
The size of performance grants doubled last year. The new minimum tuition amounts are:
- 500 lei for performance bonus;
- 200 lei for the Merit Scholarship;
- 150 lei for the scholarship.
- 200 lei for social assistance scholarship.