Slovakia 2016/17 - student fees and grants

Country: Slovakia
Date of publication: 2017
Fees - first cycle (euro): min 10 - max 2050
Fees - second cycle (euro): min 10 - max 3080
Fees - note: All students pay administrative fees
Grants - note: 13.71 % of students receive need-based and 8.07 % merit-based grants
Need-based grant (euro): min 100 - most common 1343 - max 3300
Merit-based grant (euro): most common 388

National student fee

All students pay registration fees of EUR 10 to EUR 100 per academic year. Full-time (short, 1st and 2nd cycle) students in public higher education institutions not exceeding the 'regular' length of study for the study programme do not pay tuition fees.

Students who exceed a 'regular' length of study, or who study two or more programmes concurrently in the same academic year have to pay tuition fees which cannot exceed EUR 1 800 per academic year for both first and second cycle studies. Students admitted to an external/part-time study programme pay fees up to an annual maximum of EUR 2 050 in the first cycle and EUR 3 080 in the second cycle. Students in a study programme which is provided exclusively in a language other than the state language pay tuition fees, which are set by respective higher education institutions. Tuition and other fees at public higher education institutions cannot exceed 50 % of the average costs of full-time education.

Non-EU students pay higher tuition fees of EUR 2 000 to 10 000/year.

Student grants

There is a legal right for a need-based grant/scholarship subject to specified conditions. The monthly amount of this need-based scholarship varies from EUR 10 to EUR 275. First and second cycle students are eligible. Short cycle students are eligible for need-based scholarships of EUR 22.61-45.21 per month depending on their academic performance.

Merit-based motivation scholarships are granted by the higher education institutions for excellent results in studies, research and development, artistic or sporting activity. The amount is set by higher education institutions or faculties. The state subsidy for this purpose is calculated at an average rate of EUR 450 per student for 10 % of students. Universities are provided with additional finances for merit-based scholarships in specific scientific study fields. The scholarship amount is determined by universities. The state subsidy provided is calculated at an average rate of EUR 1 000 (per student) for 15 % of students.


Publicly subsidised loans provided by the Education Support Fund are available for full- and part-time students throughout the regular duration of study programmes. Loans range from EUR 500 to 2 500 per year and are taken by about 1 % of students.

Tax benefit for student's parents

Tax benefits for parents: a lump sum tax deduction of EUR 21.41/month. No tax benefit for working students.

Family allowances

Family allowances of EUR 23.52 per month are paid to parents of full-time students up to 25 years of age, unless the student interrupts his/her studies.

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