Portugal 2015/16 - grants and loans

Country: Portugal
Date of publication: 2016
Grants - note: In 2013/14, 17 % received a need-based grant
Need-based grant (euro): min 1063 - max 5675
Merit-based grant (euro): most common/max 2525

Student grants

Student grants can be need or merit based.

Eligibility for need-based scholarships is determined by the income of the student and his family. Need-based grant amounts depend on the fee levels and vary between EUR 1 063 and EUR 5 675.

Merit-based grants are set at EUR 2 525.00. There are several criteria, namely:
  • Completed with success all enrolled disciplines on previous year;
  • All assessed course work is marked over 16 [grading system 0-20].

Additional grants are provided for the first time in 2014/15 to a maximum of 1 000 students who move to study in regions of Portugal where there is less pressure on the population. The annual amount is EUR 1 500.


There is a special loan scheme for higher education students at low rates, with government guarantee.

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