Date of publication: 2017
Fees - first cycle (euro): min 153 - max 767
Fees - second cycle (euro): min 235 - max 537
Fees - note: All students pay fees
Grants - note: 12.7 % of full-time students receive grants
Need-based grant (euro): min 307 - max 736
Merit-based grant (euro): min 307 - max 736
National student feePublic higher education institutions define their own fees, but maximum amounts are set annually by the
Student fees depend on the programme and field of study. The lowest fees are paid, for example, in social
sciences, economics and law, the highest fees in arts, navigation programmes.
The first cycle fees in the state universities, for full-time studies, range from BGN 300 to BGN 1 500 per year and
for part-time studies from BGN 150 to BGN 1 100. Annual second cycle full-time study fees range from BGN 460 to
BGN 1 050, and for part-time studies from BGN 370 to BGN 580. Full-time short cycle students pay from BGN 300
to BGN 1 600 per year, while part-time students between BGN 150 and BGN 1 000.
Certain categories of students are exempted from paying fees. They include orphans, persons with disabilities, war
invalids and senior cadets in military schools.
Fee ranges for international students are also set by the government and depend on the study field. The actual
amounts are defined by higher education institutions. They are usually higher than those paid by EU students.
Student grantsGrants/scholarships are available to full-time students in all study cycles. They are distributed by higher
education institutions based on their specific eligibility criteria. One type of grant must contain two indicators:
academic performance and monthly income per family member of the student for the previous six months. From
2016, universities must also award merit-based grants – based only on academic performance. Grant amounts
range from BGN 50 to 120/month, and in most cases are issued during 10 months. Starting from the second
semester of the 2016/17 academic year, grant amounts shall range from BGN 70 to 150 per month. There is no
support for part-time students.
LoansFull-time first and second cycle students who are EU/EEA/Swiss citizens, less than 35 years old and have not
interrupted their studies can apply for state guaranteed loans. The study loan may be equal to the tuition fee. The
amount of loan to cover living costs is linked to the minimum wage. The interest rate cannot exceed 7 % at banks
that have signed an agreement with the government. Repayment is due one year after graduation and must be
completed in 10 years. No information is available on the percentage of students taking out the loan.
Tax benefit for student's parentsTax benefits for parents play no role in the student support system.
Family allowancesFamily allowances for parents play no role in the student support system.