Inps, more than 400 scholarships for university colleges

The call of the INPS is open, expiring on August 16, 2022, which makes available to the children of employees and public pensioners 477 scholarships for the partial or total coverage of the fees of the 53 University Colleges of Merit recognized by the Ministry of University and Research and represented by the Conference of University Colleges of Merit (CCUM).

The call provides, depending on the income of the Isee, contributions up to a maximum of 12,500 euros for the next academic year. These scholarships will be disbursed to the beneficiary students also in later courses for the entire duration of the academic career, subject to the maintenance of the merit requirements established in the call. The award of the scholarship is subject to the passing of the students access competitions to the Schools which assess the academic merits and motivations of students, regardless of income. The calls for admission to the 53 Colleges of Merit Universities are now open and for the 2022-23 academic year more than 1,000 places are offered.

THE REQUIREMENTS. To apply, students must not be more than two years behind in their school career; they must be unemployed or unemployed on the date of submission of the application; they must not be more than 26 years old on the expiry date of the call; not having been removed from a collegiate structure for disciplinary reasons; they must not have received criminal convictions or they must not have an ongoing criminal trial; they must not benefit from any school benefit, in cash or in services, with a total value of more than 6,000 euros, provided by the State or by other public or private bodies and institutions for the 2022/2023 academic year and they must not of being ceded. from a premises in the College to the structures owned by the INPS.

For information: https://www.inps.it/welfare/default.aspx?lastMenu=21556&iMenu=1&tb=0&fondo=0&scadenza=0&idettaglio=38&itipo=1#

The Colleges of Merit are non-profit organizations in which students, in addition to taking advantage of accommodation and food, follow a training itinerary of improvement with respect to university studies, mainly oriented to the preparation for the world of work. Students are admitted to the Colleges through a competition that assesses their i academic merits and motivations, regardless of income. To know the Schools and the open calls: https://www.collegiuniversitari.it/it/cerca-collegio.aspx

THE ‘COLLEGE PROFILE’

Colleges saw a 12% increase in applications for admission in 2021. 47% of ‘collegiate members’ are still undergraduate studies in the STEM area (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), compared to a national average of 24%, while 16% belong to the medical area. 95.3% of university students finish their studies on time and 97.5% have a job a year after graduation.

THE ‘AWAY STUDENTS’ IN ITALY

In 2021, more than 70% of graduates studied in the same province where they obtained the degree (44.3%) or in the neighboring province (25.8%). The option of “studying close to home” is linked to the wide availability of universities in the area, but also to the need to contain costs. Today there are 1.79 million college students who surpass them 500,000 off-site. The beneficiaries of the scholarships are approximately 244,000. Considering that there are about 40,000 places available in college and university scholarships, it turns out that more than 250,000 off-site live in apartments for rentwithout receiving scholarships, with expenses in between 6,500 and 8,000 euros per year (food, accommodation, utilities, internet). A year in a college of merit, taking into account that the scholarships offered by these structures cover between 30 and 100% of the expenses, has an average remaining cost, borne by the students, between 5,000 and 6,000 euros (including personalized training, food, accommodation, utilities, internet, use of study and leisure areas within the structures) *.

CHARACTERISTICS OF COLLEAGUES

The University Colleges of Merit are residential structures designed to accommodate students from Italian universities and institutions of higher education, both state and non-state, who demonstrate special skills, motivation and commitment during their studies, obtaining excellent results.

The Conference of Merit University Colleges (CCUM) is the association that groups and represents 53 Merit University Colleges recognized and accredited by the Ministry of University and Research.

He students admitted by competitionbased on merit and personal motivation, in addition to accommodation and subsistence, they receive a set of services such aspersonalized tutorial assistance and the offer of integrative cultural activities in academic courses, based on a personalized contract between the College and the individual student that aims to prepare the student for professional life.

In order to obtain the accreditation to the University Colleges of merit they must have some distinguishing characteristics like, for example:

  • define a personalized training coursegiving advice and tutoring to all students;

  • warranty scholarships and grants for less affluent students;

  • offer and guarantee initiatives of international mobility;

  • Create collaboration agreements with trade associations, public bodies, medium and large companies for training and job guidance activities.

The Colleges of Merit are located in seventeen Italian cities located in eleven regions (Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, Puglia and Sicily). In addition, in 2022 also the Sant’Efisio School of Cagliari has been recognized as a College of Merit by the Ministry of University and Research.

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