Changes on working off the state grant for university graduates

Beginning in 2021, a more flexible approach to working off the state grant has been implemented.

In 2016, amendments were made to the Law “On Education” regarding the workout of university graduates who studied on state educational grants. According to the amendments adopted by the Parliament, grant holders were required to work in their specialty in state organizations for at least three years.

Accordingly, this rule applies to all students enrolled in state-ordered higher education beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Regarding working off the grant: if a student entered a university on a grant in 2017 and completes his or her studies in the 2020-2021 academic year, he or she must work off under the previously enacted law. So there is nothing new in this norm”, – explained the director of the Department of Higher and Postgraduate Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan Adlet Toibaev.

At the beginning of the year 2021 the requirements for working off a grant were simplified. Now graduates after graduation can work for the allotted period in their specialty not only in public organizations, as it was required before, but also in private.

In addition, the timing of the work-over period has been revised in favor of those who have studied on a grant for a certain period of time, rather than the entire four years. For example, a student enrolled in the university on a paid department and after some time for good performance received a state educational grant or, conversely, from the grant was transferred to a paid department.

“Students who studied on the state grant, had to work all three years, and exclusively in the state organizations. Beginning in 2021, a more flexible approach is in place. Now graduates can work a period corresponding to the number of years of free education in any organizations, i.e. regardless of their form of ownership, “- said Adlet Toibayev.

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