Date of publication: 2017
Fees - first cycle (euro): min 105 - max 890
Fees - second cycle (euro): min 105 - max 890
Fees - note: All students pay a fee
Grants - note: About 21 % of students receive a need-based grant
Need-based grant (euro): min 256 - max 5341
Merit-based grant (euro): -
National student feeThe student fee in the first and the second cycles has two components: a fixed amount of EUR 230 and a flexible
part that differs with the number of ECTS credits followed. Each credit point carries a fee of EUR 11. This means
that on average for a full-time student (60 ECTS points) the total fee is EUR 890. The amount of fees varies with
the income of (the parents of) the student. Students who are eligible for a grant pay EUR 105 per academic year.
An intermediate tariff of EUR 470 applies for students who almost meet the income criteria linked to a need-based
grant. The amount of the tuition fees is fixed in the law (Codex Hoger Onderwijs). Students pay fees at the
beginning of the academic year, when they register for the programme.
For short-cycle tertiary programmes, the maximum tuition fee of EUR 1.50 per teaching hour is determined by the
Flemish Government. Payment is made at registration. Some students (for example unemployed or students with
special needs) pay no fees, a fee of EUR 0.30 per teaching hour or a fee of EUR 0.60 per teaching hour. There are
no tuition fees for the associate degree programme for nursing.
Fees for non-EU students which may be higher than for EU students are determined by higher education
Student grantsStudent grants for first and second cycle programmes are allocated on the basis of economic need. Eligibility is
determined by the income of parents and/or the student. Annual amounts typically range from EUR 256 to
EUR 3 966. In 2014/15, the average grant amount was EUR 1 721.07. A student is also entitled to an extraordinary
grant of up to EUR 5 340 on the basis of extremely low income and a lack of family support. There are no student
grants for short-cycle tertiary programmes, except for the associate degree programme for nursing, with typical
amounts ranging from EUR 693 to EUR 3 126
Tax benefit for student's parentsHeads of family receive tax benefits which depend on the number of dependent children and relatives (including
students with no income enrolled in higher education). The tax-free minimum earnings threshold is increased by
EUR 1 510 for one, 3 880 for two, 8 700 for three, 14 060 for four and + 5 370 for each subsequent child. The tax
benefits are determined by the Federal Public Service of Finance.
Family allowancesFamily allowances range from EUR 92.09/month to EUR 254.40/month per child, depending on the number of
children in a family. The student should have no professional activity other than a student job for more than
50 days in a year. Usually the mother of the student receives the allowance, but they are paid to the parent,
relative or legal guardian who actually supports the student. Responsibility is at the Flemish Community.