National Government Support to Students
National Government, through the Ministerio de Educación Nacional (MEN) and the Department of Social Prosperity (DPS), has been offering a set of support programs to undergraduate students for the payment of their tuition and contribution for support. Each program has specific regulations that are updated in each term or academic period through operating regulations. These documents record the conditions of access, term of support, causes of loss of benefit, among other generalities of each program. Next, the Free Tuition Policy program, the Jóvenes en Acción Program and the Generación E program, with the associated regulations, are presented.
The implementation of the Free Tuition Policy links undergraduate students, potential beneficiaries of the policy, public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Ministerio de Educación Nacional -MEN-. On Operational Regulation MEN establishes the requirements to access support, as well as the causes of loss of benefit that are reported by the MEN in each academic period, through the National Information System of Higher Education -SNIES.
For access to the State Policy of Free Tuition for the year 2023, the Ministerio de Educación Nacional (Law 2155 of 2021, Decree 1667 of 2021) establishes that the requirement of socioeconomic vulnerability will be determined by the registration in the Sisbén IV database, with cut-off C1 (that is, it applies to the five subgroups of group A, the seven subgroups of group B and subgroup C1 of group C). It is important to emphasize that registration on the Sisbén page is not the same as being registered in the database with the identified subgroup, the latter being the requirement imposed by the Ministerio de Educación Nacional.
Jóvenes en Acción
Youth in Action is a program of the national government that accompanies young people in their technical, technological and / or professional training with the delivery of conditional cash transfers with the purpose of improving their capacities and opportunities for social mobility and welfare conditions. Likewise, pedagogical processes are provided to promote and strengthen their life skills in order to enhance their life project.
Generación E is a National Government program aimed at social transformation and the development of the country’s regions through access, permanence, and graduation to higher education for young people in economically vulnerable conditions. Generación E will allow 336,000 young people from all over the country to enter higher education and have more opportunities to advance in their life projects.
The Generación E program is divided into three components aimed at enabling the country’s young people to access higher education.
Equidad subsidizes 100% of the value of the ordinary net undergraduate tuition charged by public Higher Education Institutions for undergraduate programs with current qualified registration (professional technical, technological or university program) under any methodology (in-person or remote).
This component recognizes the academic merit of young high school graduates who have excelled with excellent results on the SABER 11° national test.
The National Government, committed to the strengthening of Public Higher Education, managed additional operating and investment resources so that, together with the universities and professional technical, technological and public university institutions, they can be allocated to improving the quality of the sector.