Date of publication: 2014
Fees - first cycle (euro): min 713 - most common 1074 - max 2011
Fees - second cycle (euro): min 1052 - most common 2094 - max 4734
Fees - note: 70 % of students pay fees
Grants - note: Approximately 27 % of students receive grants
Need-based grant (euro): min 244 - max 6241
Merit-based grant (euro): -
National student fee
The amount of fees is determined by the kind of the studies, the number of ECTS taken and the number of exams
failed in each subject. In addition, amounts differ between regions as each one has a different range.
For international students (from outside the European Union) who have not set their residence in Spain, the fees can
be increased, depending on the region.
Exemptions from fees are based in need criteria (family income being the most significant one), but a minimum level
of academic performance is also required. Also, large families and disabled persons have very significant discounts,
and may even be exempt.
In the current economic crisis context, the government approved a new decree-act on urgent measures for
rationalization of public expenditure in education in 2012. One of the measures adopted in this act is that university
students have to cover between 15 % and 25 % of the real total cost of their studies (to be decided by each
Autonomous Community). These urgent measures were implemented in the academic year 2012/13.
Although student grants exist at national, regional and local level, only the ones at national level have been
considered here, as they are quantitatively the most important ones. There are many types of grants, aimed at
covering different types of expenses such as transportation, residence, meals, books and materials, etc. The grant
also covers tuition fees. Students can receive different types of grants, depending on their family income. The
average amount of a grant is EUR 2 497.03 and a waiver from tuition fees. The maximum grant is EUR 6 241 and a
waiver from tuition fees, and the minimum is EUR 244 and a waiver from tuition fees.
Grants are need-based, but a minimum level of academic performance is also required.
Tax benefit for student's parentsNo tax relief for parents.
Family allowancesNo family allowances.