For reasons beyond their control, ELTE has not yet been able to transfer their students’ scholarships.
As 24.hu reported, on 6 January, ELTE students were notified that the university’s bank, the Hungarian State Treasury (henceforth: HST), introduced a new IT system this January.
However, according to HST, this new system could only be used starting from 10 January. Even according to university rules, scholarships are paid by the tenth day of each month.
Students still have not received their scholarships to this day. On 12 January, they received a letter which said that
for reasons beyond their control, the university still cannot transfer the money.
The university added that “together with external partners, we are working hard to fix the problem”. What is more, all problems caused by this disruption are being addressed as a matter of priority.
When contacted by 24.hu, ELTE said on Thursday that, unfortunately, the problem has not been solved. They are still working on it.
ELTE assured everyone that
in the case a student is unable to meet their payment obligations towards the university due to the late transfer, they will not take any legal action against them.
24.hu would have liked to ask HST about the root of the problem, but they have not received a reply by the time their article was published.
ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University) is the longest continuously operating university in the country. What is more, it is consistently among the best universities in the world. As their official site says,
“Eötvös Loránd University has reached the 26th place on a list where universities from emerging countries were compared, and with this result, it belongs to the top 6%. It has kept its leading role amongst Hungarian universities.”
The university has nine faculties with a total of approximately 28,000 students.
24.hu reported Friday evening that ELTE transferred the scholarships to their students.
The same happened at the Budapest University of Economics and Technology. The students there received the following e-mail:
please be informed that the Hungarian State Treasury (BME’s account manager bank) is introducing new IT systems. The transfer from the old system to the new one will start on January 10th, 2022.
Please note that because of the above system transfer, the scholarship transfer and the acceptance of the payments to the Neptun joint account may be delayed by a couple of days.
According to the above information, the scholarship transfer will start no earlier than January 10th, 2022, and the payments to the Neptun joint account will be available in Neptun no earlier than January 10th, 2022.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
BME Central Academic Office”
Source: 24.hu, Index, elte.hu