Continue reading...President Luis Abinader announced on Monday, 28 September 2020, the government will be subsidizing low-income students to keep these from dropping out. The new program is making available cash for students to use exclusively to pay for their university studies. The program mostly benefits students enrolled in private universities. Low income students pay very little or nothing at the state university.
The Ministry of Higher Education is working with the Unique System of Beneficiaries (Siuben) and Progresando con Solidaridad (ProSoli). The Dominican Association of University Rectors (ADRU) and the Dominican Association of Universities (ADOU) back the initiative.
The Bono Estudio Contigo (BEC) is available for around 33,000 that the government database shows dropped out of school due to Covid-19 virus and to students who have lost their jobs for the same reason. The government estimates it is reaching out to 42% of those who were affected by Covid-19.