Italy has a rich tradition in terms of universities. It respects the right of everyone to receive higher education, and strives to make it affordable to everyone, no matter their income or citizenship. State universities in Italy set the cost of tuition based on the ISEE — a criterion to evaluate students' families' economic situation. The lower the ISEE, the less a student pays for tuition (to the point that it can be free). For example, in the north of the country where the family income threshold is 23,000 euros, students receive discounts if their family's ISEE is lower.
However, some universities set a fixed rate for foreign students even if the ISEE doesn't apply (from 700 to 1000 euros).
Students also have the right to apply for a regional scholarship, which can be as high as 5,400 euros per year (University of Bologna), based on their ISEE.
Moreover, the ISEE gives students the right to live in student accommodation and eat for free, work at the university, and also various other fee reductions from universities and regional organizations.
To evaluate your chances for a scholarship and exemption from payment, we're ready to help you roughly calculate your ISEE, suggest what information about family income you need to provide when applying, and give you advice on the document preparation process.