Financial assistance

Financial assistance for the 2020-2021 Undergraduate program in Pharmacy at IQS-Blanquerna

The IQS Centre d’Ensenyament Tècnic Superior Fundació Privada and the Fundació Blanquerna are non-profit organizations. They have limited funds to provide financial assistance to first-time Pharmacy Program students, what helps them cover part of the course fees. Students who receive the assistance may renew it each year provided they meet the established criteria. The assistance is provided by means of a discount to students’ monthly payments from the beginning of the academic year (October). The assistance does not cover the initial enrolment fee.

This assistance is compatible with other grants or public and/or private subsidies, unless otherwise stated.

Application process (First year students)

  1. Students will be able to collect an application form from the Student Information Desk (Servei d’Informació i Orientació a l’Estudiant) at the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences or from the academic office for the Pharmacy Program (IQS office, Via Augusta, 390 -08017 Barcelona) once they have carried out the pre-enrolment process. The application form can also be downloaded from the websiteImpreso de solicitud.
  2. The application should be duly completed together with the appropriate documentation (see section on Documentation to be presented when applying for financial assistance).
  3. An interview is recommended for all students who request assistance, in order to evaluate the circumstances of each student. An appointment may be made when the application form and the documentation are submitted. If no interview is requested, the Financial Assistance Service may request further information and, if necessary, contact the student for a final assessment interview.
  4. The IQS-Blanquerna Undergraduate Program in Pharmacy Grant Committee will examine all applications and decide which students will receive assistance. The decision of the committee will be sent to the email students have included in the application form. The grants will be decided by 23 July 2019. Grants will only be made if students pass all the tests and comply with all entry requirements for the Undergraduate Program in Pharmacy at IQS-Blanquerna for which they are enrolled (by paying 50% of the annual fee).

Deadlines: Applications for the interview to assess needs for financial assistance may be made from the beginning of the pre-enrolment period (30 Oct 2018) and will be closed on 28 June 2019 at 20.00. No applications will be accepted outside the deadline period.

What is taken into account in assessments?

Economic, social and academic criteria are applied in order to decide who will receive economic assistance. In order to assess circumstances, a number of aspects are taken into consideration: income of the family unit, number of family members, health and work stability related issues, possible external back-up, academic results, etc.

Criteria for the assessment of financial assistance for students in the first year of the degree
  1. Students must be pre-enrolled on the IQS-Blanquerna Undergraduate Program in Pharmacy.
  2. No member of the family unit should receive more than 17,000 euros per year.
  3. The correctly completed application form should be presented, together with all the documentation required at the Student Information Office (SIOE) of the Blanquerna Faculty of Health Sciences or at the IQS office.
  4. The application for public financial aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport will be assessed for the purposes of this assistance.

Note: Compliance with these conditions does not guarantee the award of this assistance.

Documentation to be presented by first year students applying for financial assistance
  1. Correctly completed application form
  2. Passport-sized photo.
  3. Complete photocopy of the income tax returns for 2017, and from June onwards, the return for 2018 for all members of the family. If the family is exempt from completing income tax returns, students should present a certificate with the work history summary, income tax paid and a certificate of income and taxes of all actively working family members or a certificate indicating that no income tax return has been presented. In the case of separation or divorce where custody is shared by the parents, students should present a photocopy of both parties’ income tax returns.
  4. Photocopy of the last two payslips of the student and active family members currently living with the student (father, mother, brothers, sisters, partner, etc.)
  5. Certificate of family income from unemployment benefit and pensions, if appropriate.
  6. Photocopy of the certificate granting unemployment benefit or other type of subsidy, if appropriate.
  7. Those in business or the self-employed must submit the results of their activities (corporation tax or income tax returns, the last four quarterly VAT returns, annual VAT returns, etc.) and the results of any companies in which they have shares.
  8. Residence certificate with the name of all family members living in the same household.
  9. Photocopy of separation or divorce settlement, if appropriate
  10. Any other documentation that may provide clarification of the circumstances declared in the application form.

Note: Applications which do not include all the requested documentation will not be processed. The Financial Assistance Service reserves the right to request further documentation in order to make the final assessment.

Renewal of financial assistance for students in 2nd and further academic years

In order to be granted financial assistance for the Undergraduate Program in Pharmacy, the circumstances for which the assistance was given initially must remain unchanged and they should have obtained more than 70% of credits they enrolled for in the previous year and must have attended all courses.

Students who meet the conditions for renewal of financial assistance should contact the Financial Assistance Service before 28th June 2019, by telephone (93. 253.31.81) or email (beca@blanquerna.edu).

The decision will be sent to the email students have included in the application form. The grants will be decided by 23rd July 2019, at the latest.

Special financial assistance

There are special one-off subsidiesfor enrolled students whose families are experiencing financial difficulties to the point that they may not be able to complete the academic year. At any time in the academic year, students in these circumstances can contact the Financial Assistance Service.

Students will be asked to fill in a form explaining the specific reasons for their request. The application form must be submitted to the SIOE at the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences or to the IQS office. There will be an interview, and once the situation has been assessed by the relevant committee, the student will be informed of the outcome via the mail included in the application form.

Note: this type of subsidy is subject to the type of difficulty the student may be experiencing. This grant will be provided via a discount in the monthly payments from the date the grant is made and until the end of the academic year. This subsidy is not renewable.

Guidance on criteria for the renewal of the financial assistance and special assistance

  1. Students must be pre-enrolled on the IQS-Blanquerna Pharmacy Program
  2. No member of the family unit should receive more than 17,000 euros per year.
  3. The application form should be presented, correctly completed with all the documentation required at the SIOE of the Blanquerna School of Health Sciences or at the IQS secretary’s office.
  4. The application for public financial aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport will be assessed for the purposes of this assistance.
  5. Be fully aware of the economic obligations required by the University.

Note: Compliance with these conditions does not guarantee the award of this assistance.

Documentation which must be presented (for renewal of assistance and special assistance

  1. Correctly completed application form.
  2. Passport photo.
  3. Complete photocopy of the income tax returns for 2017, and from June onwards, the return for 2018 for all members of the family. If the family is exempt from completing income tax returns, students should present a certificate with the work history summary, income tax paid and a certificate of income and taxes of all actively working family members and a certificate indicating that no income tax return has been presented. In the case of separation or divorce where custody is shared by the parents, students should present a photocopy of both parties’ income tax returns.
  4. Photocopy of the last two payslips of the student and active family members (father, mother, brothers, sisters, partner, etc.).
  5. Certificate of family income from unemployment benefit and pensions, where appropriate.
  6. Photocopy of the final decision of unemployment benefit or other type of subsidy, where appropriate.
  7. Those in business or the self-employed must submit the results of their activities (corporation tax or income tax returns, the last four quarterly VAT returns, annual VAT returns, etc.) and the results of any companies in which they have shares.
  8. Residence certificate with the name of all family members living in the same household.
  9. Photocopy of separation or divorce settlement, where appropriate.
  10. Any other documentation that may provide clarification of the circumstances declared in the application form.

Note: Applications which do not include all the requested documentation will not be processed. The Financial Assistance Service reserves the right to request further documentation in order to make the final assessment.

Financial Assistance Service
Pg. Sant Gervasi, 47. 08022 Barcelona
Tel. 93 253 31 81
beca@blanquerna.edu