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                                         Study 8 / 2021
Financial support for students in higher education in the Czech Republic:
a system overhaul is required2 SEPTEMBER 2021
• Financial support for students in higher education in the Czech Republic has not received the attention it deserves over the past decade. Not only has the general public lost little sleep over this matter, but academics and politicians have largely ignored it, too. Information, statistics, and analysis of the targeting and impacts of current student financial support are at best piecemeal and at worst non-existent, which is symptomatic of the little public and policy interest in this matter. As a result, over the past few years there have been only a few minor tweaks made to the existing outdated and underfunded system.
• International comparisons show that the total amount of financial support for students in the Czech Republic is very low. A large share of that support is also provided across-the- board, meaning that support for the most socio-economically needy students and prospective students is very low. The average total monthly support provided both directly and indirectly to students under 26 years of age is between some 5,300 CZK [euro 200] for those from the poorest backgrounds and 2,700 CZK [euro 110] for others. Support for students aged 26 and above is only around 500 CZK [euro 20] per month, regardless of their economic background.
2 This study represents the authors’ own views and not the official position of the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Economics Institute nor of the Charles University Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE). Authors acknowledge partial computations and consultations on taxes and benefits provided by Michal Šoltés, to Taras Hrendash for computations based on EU SILC data, and to Dušan Hrstka for valuable clarifications concerning official statistics. Authors are grateful to Šimon Stibůrek, Michal Šoltés, Kristýna Vltavská, Michaela Šmídová and Vlastimil Růžička for their valuable comments and advice. Maps are used with the permission of the Eurydice. The study was produced with support from the Czech Academy of Sciences as part of its AV21 Strategy programme “Society in Motion and Public Policies”.

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