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Urgent! Senate approves aid of R$700 per month for university students 

Written by Valdemar Medeiros
Published 15/06/2024 às 11:40
Senate approves aid of R700 per month for students
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The Senate approved a new bill offering scholarships to college students. The proposal now goes to President Lula for approval, marking a significant advance in support for higher education in Brazil.

University students who do not receive scholarships from government agencies will be able to count on assistance of R$700 to continue their studies. A Permanence Scholarship, part of the bill (PL 5.395/2023), was approved by the Federal Senate this Tuesday, 11th, and now goes to President Lula for approval. This initiative aims to provide essential financial support for higher education students, ensuring they can continue with their academic training without interruption.

Understand how aid for university students will work

According to the approved text, the value cannot be lower than that of scientific initiation scholarships for undergraduate students, currently at R$700, and that of junior scientific initiation scholarships for secondary-level technical professional education students, which corresponds to today at R$300. Indigenous and quilombola students will receive double scholarships.

The proposal for the Permanence Grant was presented in 2011 by the then deputy and now senator Professor Dorinha Seabra (União-TO), with the aim of guaranteeing the permanence of low-income students in federal higher education institutions and in institutions of the federal network of professional, scientific and technological education until the completion of the respective courses.

In addition to aid for university students, the Federal government it already has the National Student Assistance Program (which also uses the acronym Pnaes), created by Decree 7.234/2010, which offers assistance for student housing, food, health, transport, digital inclusion, culture, sport, daycare and pedagogical support.

The Permanence Grant is mainly aimed at federal institutions, however if there is budget availability, the National Student Assistance Program (Pnaes) can serve, through agreements, master's and doctoral students from these institutions or students from free public higher education institutions of states, municipalities and the Federal District.

Requirements that entitle university students to aid

Students who have a monthly income of each person in the family does not exceed one minimum wage. The student must be duly enrolled in an undergraduate course with a workload equal to or greater than five hours per day or in a technical course and that does not spend two semesters beyond the regular graduation time.

It is important to highlight that the aid rule for university students is different for indigenous and quilombola students, who can stay up to four semesters beyond the course's regular duration. income or working hours.

Flávio Arns, who was the rapporteur of the proposal in the Senate Education Committee (CE), highlighted that the text addresses a critical problem in higher education: school dropout. These scholarships for university students are an essential project for their lives. Many students give up, drop out, and stop attending higher education or professional institutions due to a lack of means to support themselves.

Other programs on the agenda

Senator Alan Rick (União-AC), who was the rapporteur of the matter at the Senate Economic Affairs Committee (CAE), pointed out that the proposal does not impact the Union's accounts. The project does not create new expenses for the Union, but rather strengthens and provides greater legal certainty to existing programs such as Pnaes and Bolsa Permanência.

In addition to this program, which aims to offer assistance to university students, the student assistance program provides for the granting of direct benefits to the student aimed at student housing, food, transportation, health care, pedagogical support, culture, sports and pre-school care for dependents.

This benefit is aimed at those who have graduated from the public basic and secondary education network or from the private basic education network as full scholarship holders, among others.

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