Croatia 2016/17 - student fees and grants

Country: Croatia
Date of publication: 2017
Fees - first cycle (euro): max 1002
Fees - second cycle (euro): max 1002
Fees - note: 60 % of full-time students pay fees
Grants - note: About 4 % of full-time students receive state-funded grants
Need-based grant (euro): max 1443
Merit-based grant (euro): -

National student fee

Fees for all full-time students in the first year of short, first and second cycle programmes are fully covered by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. Fees are also covered in full for all non-first year students who achieved 55 ECTS or more in previous academic year.

Full-time students who do not fulfil the criteria for fee-exemption pay either full fee or part of the fee, depending on the criteria set by the individual HEIs. The share of fee-paying students has been roughly constant for the past few years: full fees are covered by the government for about 40 % of students, while about 60 % of students participate in fees to some extent.

The full fees for all study programs range from HRK 3 700 to 7 500 per year.

Part-time students, who make 28 % of total student population, pay full fees.

International students from outside the EU also pay full fees.

Student grants

Student grants are available to full-time students of first, second and short-cycle study programmes. Part-time students are not eligible to apply for state-funded grants.

Student grants are provided by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. Grants are awarded according to need-based criteria such as students' household income per household member or type and level of student’s disability. The total annual amount of the grant is HRK 10 800 (HRK 1 200 per month during nine months). In the academic year 2015/16, the ministry provided about 5 200 grants.

Universities provide additional grants for full-time students, based on the merit-based criteria, such as the number of ECTS achieved in the past years of study and the grades obtained. The grant amounts and distribution criteria are determined autonomously by the universities.

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


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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