Portugal: Enhancing the higher education system with better support for students
The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education is continuously working towards enhancing the consistency and strength of various forms of direct social support for students. A range of measures adopted in the 2022-2023 academic year allowed to expand the number of beneficiaries, increase scholarships, and introduce new support options for displaced students.
Looking ahead to the next academic year, these efforts will be further amplified with the implementation of crucial measures aimed at improving the financial conditions for students and their families. These measures include increasing the scholarship amounts and the accommodation supplement, ensuring that financial support is available right at the beginning of the academic year, extending grant eligibility for students who work, providing more opportunities for students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, offering increased support to refugee students from Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan, as well as to those enrolled in areas with low population density, often found in remote and rural regions.
Source: Eurydice Unit Portugal