Croatia 2015/16 - student fees and grants

Country: Croatia
Date of publication: 2016
Fees - first cycle (euro): min 661 - max 1324
Fees - second cycle (euro): min 661 - max 1324
Fees - note: 60 % of students pay fees
Grants - note: About 4 % of total full-time student population receive state-funded grants
Need-based grant (euro): min 794 - max 1428
Merit-based grant (euro): min 794 - max 1428

National student fee

Fees for all full-time students of the first year of both cycles are fully covered by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.

In the following years of study, the amount of student fees depends on a range of criteria set by the individual higher education institutions (e.g. number of ECTS credits and fulfilment of particular study obligations). For some students fees are paid by government, some students pay a certain share of the fee, and some pay the full amount of the fee. [In the academic year 2014/15, full fees were covered by the government for about 40 % of students, while about 60 % of students participated in fees to some extent.

The fees in both cycles range from HRK 5 000 to 10 000 per year.

Part time students pay full fees.

International students from outside the EU pay fees that are determined by higher education institutions, with maximum amounts regulated.

Student grants

At national level, student grants are provided to full time students by two public sources: Ministry of Science, Education and Sports as well as the National Foundation for the Support of Student Living Standard. Both institutions award grants according to a range of criteria which include both need- and merit-based elements. The grants range from HRK 500 to 1 000 per month and are available for 12 months each year until the graduation (i.e. total of 6 000-12 000 per year).

Further grants for students are provided by a number of regional and local governments.

Part-time students are not eligible to apply for state-funded grants.


There are no loans.

Tax benefit for student's parents

There are no tax benefits for parents.

Family allowances

There are no family allowances.

Source: Eurydice, National Student Fee and Support Systems 2013/2014, 2015/2016, 2016/2017
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