Report details national student fee and support systems in European HE

13 December 2017

One of the key challenges in developing quality mass higher education systems is to ensure that students have the necessary material conditions to study and fulfil their potential. The question of how this is ensured at the national level is a key aspect of the social dimension, and one which is explored in the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency’s (EACEA) new report called National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2017/18.

European countries differ significantly in the level of public expenditure allocated to higher education. Acknowledging that issues regarding the interaction of student fees and support are complex and difficult to compare accurately at the European level, the EACEA nevertheless attempts to provide a comparative overview of fees and financial support presently available to students while also outlining the main elements of national systems. The report includes information from the 28 EU member states as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey.