What is a "Distinction with Honours"? What does obtaining this mark entail?
Distinction with Honours can be granted to students who have obtained 9 points or more in a course.
"Distinctions with Honours" cannot be awarded to more than 5% of the students in a course. For classes of 20 students or less, only one "Distinction with Honours" can be granted.
"Distinctions with Honours" entail a discount on tuition fees in the following academic year that is equivalent to the number of credits of the subject in question, and acknowledge the student's outstanding performance in the course.
Tuition fee exemption will be available for students who have obtained a Distinction with Honours in the last year of their Upper Secondary studies, as well as those who have been awarded the "Upper Secondary Education Special Award". These fee exemption is not compatible with any other grants given by the Ministry of Education.
What does obtaining one or more Distinctions with Honours entail?
Students who have obtained a "Distinction with Honours" in any subject will be entitled to a discount in the following year's the tuition fees. The discount will be equivalent to the amount paid for thecredits obtained where a Distinction with Honours was awarded, as long as the student does not transfer to another undegraduate degree.
What does being awarded a Distinction with Honours in the second year of Upper Secondary Education or the Upper Secondary Education Special Award entail?
Students who finished their second year of Upper Secondary Education with a Distinction with Honours or obtained the Upper Secondary Education Special Award will be entitled to total fee exemption on their first university year.
Students will also be entitled to fee exemption on the Spanish University Entrance Examination.
The Special Award is granted to the students with the best academic record in each class.
Each centre (Faculties/Polytechnic School) selects its special awards candidates for each degree and sends their proposal to the University of Alicante Governing Council. Special awards are granted ex officio. Students are not required to apply.
Special award winners will be notified in writing. The Award will be officially recorded in their transcript of records and their degree certificate, and students will be entitled to a refund of academic fees payed for the issuance of the certificate.
On 28 January (Saint Thomas Aquinas Day), an academic awards ceremony is hosted, and special awards, among others, are given among.
Besides the Special Award, the Region of Valencia's Department of Education offers Academic Excellence Grants, which cover registration fees for an official master's degree at any public university within the Region, in order to reward the best university students. The call is published in the Official Gazette of the Valencia Region Government (DOCV) every year.
These awards consist on €3,300 (first place), €2,650 (second place), and €2,200 (third place). Awardees will receive an economic endorsement, an official certificate, and the prize will be officially recorded in their transcript of records.