Edition 198 - October 2017

Eurydice annual report on National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education 2017/18

In October 2017 Eurydice published its annual report on National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education. 

The report investigates to which extent national policies make it possible for students across Europe to study and fulfill their potential. From a comparative analysis among the countries, four types of policy approaches are identified:

  • Countries where a low percentage of fee-payers is combined with a high percentage of grant beneficiaries: here the public budget covers the student’s higher education fees
  • Countries where there is a low percentage of students paying fees but also a low percentage of students receiving grants
  • Countries with a high percentage of fee payers and a low percentage of grant recipients
  • Countries with a high percentage of both fee-payers and grant recipients. 

An overview of the fees applied to students in each country follows. In most countries, the level of fees to pay are determined by the study intensity (full-time/part-time) and by the academic performance. There is no difference on the amount of fees applied to EU nationals, whereas fees differ for international students (non-EU or non-EEA countries). 

Finally, there report presents an overview of the support measures put in place to alleviate potential obstacles to study. The report focuses on the most common and comparable forms of support and attempts to show which students can access such support measures (be it grants, loans, family allowances, or tax relief). 

A comparative overview of information on fees and student support in European countries is also provided. 

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