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Stimulus Program for the Universal Baccalaureate, "Prepa Sí" (2007-2019)



Date: (2007-2019)
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: Economic stimulus without distinction of sex, ethnicity or any physical, social or economic characteristic, which seeks to avoid dropping out of students of Upper Middle Level in public schools in Mexico City due to lack of resources. The program is extended to the first year of Higher Level (Bachelor) for old program participants. The Prepa Sí program ended in 2019 with the launch of the Benito Juárez Becas program.


Target population: Upper Middle School students of public schools
Geographic scale: Directed to Mexico City
Targeting method: Categorical
Instrument of selection: Selection requirements set out in the Rules of Operation.
Registry of recipients: Register of Beneficiaries through the Guaranteed Education Trust of the Federal District.
Exit strategies or criteria: Voluntary application or misuse of the cash transfer.
Comments: First-year Bachelor students who have been recipients of the program are included.
The Prepa Si program was not complementary to the Prospera program. Prepa Sí ended in 2019 and its participants were transfered to the Benito Juarez Scholarship program.


Legal framework: Social Development Law for the Federal District
Responsible organization(s): Trust Guaranteed Education of the Federal District (FIDEGAR) through the Coordination of the “Prepa Sí” Program.
Executing organization(s): “Prepa Si” Program Coordination; Subdirectorate of Linking and Support and Head of the Department of Youth Community Unit, all attached to the Operational Directorate of Programs for the City of FIDEGAR.
Responsible organization(s) for the registry of recipients: "Prepa Si" Program Coordination

1) Monetary Stimulus / Estímulo Monetario

Recipient(s): Participants of the program
Mode of transfer: Flat Transfer
Mode of delivery: Deposit according to the procedure established with the Institution in charge
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly, for one to three months
Recipient of the transfer: Recipient student or tutor
Maximum per household: N/A
Conditionalities: a) Study in a public school of upper or upper middle level located in Mexico City.
b) Reside permanently in Mexico City.
c) Not having a school scholarship.
d) Sign commitment to carry out community activities during the term of the economic stimulus and participate in the activities.
e) Approve at least 50% of their subjects.
f) Make good use of the economic resources offered by the program
Sanctions: Cash transfer suspension when the user stops meeting the requirements. The cash transfer will resume in the month in which the irregularity that gave rise to the suspension is remedied.
Comments: In the event that the participant is a minor or cannot go personally due to physical impossibility, illness or disability, the mother, father or tutor, may perform the necessary procedures for the granting of financial support to the minor, presenting evidence at all times of the situation of the minor that prevents him from going to carry out these procedures.

The amount of economic stimulus will depend on the student's grade point average, which ranges from a minimum GPA of 6.0 to a maximum of 10. The school stimulus lasts for ten months and for a maximum time of three years in the case of medium level, and one year at the upper level.


Can large, untargeted conditional cash transfers increase urban high school graduation rates? Evidence from Mexico City's Prepa Sí

Author: Dustan, Andrew
Date: 2020
Publication info: Journal of Development Economics
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation




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