Tuition fees a.y. 2020/21

Amounts, exemptions and deadlines for students enrolled in a Degree Programme in a.y. 2020/21.

To enroll in  in a First Cycle, Single Cycle Degree Programme or Second Degree Programme for the academic year 2021/22, consult the fees page for the a. y. 2021/22.


Tuition fee amounts

Tuition fees are calculated based on the 2020 ISEE value with special subsidies in relation to the right to higher education.

With an ISEE value up to € 23,000, first year students and students that meet merit requirements are totally exempted from paying tuition fees.

Above this threshold, the tuition fee increases in proportion, more favourably for students who have a low income and meet merit requirements.

How tuition fees are calculated

The tuition fee simulator is available. By entering your ISEE value and the Degree Programme in which you wish to enrol, you will be able to calculate the amount of your tuition fees.

If you are enrolling in years following the first, within the first year not aligned with the exam schedule, to obtain total exemption or to pay tuition fees proportioned to your ISEE, you must also meet the following merit requirements:

  • If enrolled in the second year: 10 CFUs acquired between 11 August 2019 and 10 August 2020;
  • If enrolled in years following the second, within the first year not aligned with the exam schedule: 25 CFUs acquired between 11 August 2019 and 10 August 2020.

If you do not meet the merit requirements, tuition fees increase proportionally but with an extra charge.

If you are enrolled in years following the first year not aligned with the exam schedule, your tuition fees may be proportioned to your ISEE if your ISEE value is equal or below €30,000 and you have acquired at least 25 CFUs (or passed at least 2 exams in the previous degree programme system) between 11 August 2019 and 10 August 2020.

To find out the merit requirements assessment methods in the different cases (for example in relation to CFUs), please see the Tuition Fee Regulations (article 6).

ISEE presentation

You need the 2020 ISEE certification for uses in relation to the right to higher education and submit your application by 30 October 2020 at 18:00 (or 16 November 2020 at 18:00, paying a late submission fee of €100).

You can submit your application for free independently from the enrolment in a Degree Programme of the University of Bologna. Late submissions will not be accepted, even if the enrolment deadline for the Degree Programme has not expired yet.

Request the ISEE calculation at INPS (Italian National Pension Institute), CAF, (Tax Assistance Centre) or the municipal offices. Obtaining your ISEE value takes several weeks, so apply for the certification now. To find out what the ISEE is and how to obtain it, see the ISEE Guide.

In case of significant economic changes following adverse events, you may request the current ISEE.

You cannot request an ISEE calculation if you are an international student. Instead, you must present the documentation confirming your economic situation and assets issued by the authority competent for the territory in which the income was earned and where the assets are held. This documentation must be translated into Italian and legalised by the Italian diplomatic authorities in the place of origin, or apostilled where required. Remember that your application is not complete until you have completed the online section on personal and economic data, and submitted your foreign income/assets documentation on the basis and with the timing indicated on the web page entitled "Documentation regarding the economic situation of international students". However, if your family resides in Italy and receives income and/or owns assets in Italy, you must request the ISEE calculation.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, students who have already provided the complete and valid foreign income documentation, in accordance with University Regulations/Calls for Applications to request tax relief/reductions and/or ER.GO benefits for A.Y. 2019/20, are not required to provide the documentation for A.Y. 2020/21. Students who have not provided the documentation or provided an incomplete documentation, must provide the full foreign income documentation following the procedures indicated on the web page entitled "Documentation regarding the economic situation of international students".

To submit your ISEE use your University credentials to access the ER-GO Form and fill in the "Personal Data" and "Economic Data" sections by 30 October 2020 at 18:00.

After this date, you may apply for no later than 16 November 2020 at 18:00, by paying a late submission fee of €100, which will be debited at the time of the second instalment.

In the "Economic Data" section, you must enter the Self Certification (DSU) registration number from INPS, required to obtain the ISEE.

On 29 and 30 October (and on 15 and 16 November), anyone who does not have the registration number from INPS may enter the DSU Sender's Registration Number, which can be found in the DSU submission receipt.

The data declared on the ISEE will be checked by ER.GO on behalf of the University, so take care with regard to:

  • the noted declarations (with omissions) for which you may be asked to produce additional documents to be submitted following the methods and within the strict deadlines set by ER.GO, which will be sent to your University e-mail address ( The next steps are described in the ISEE Guide (page 6);
  • the home family group: you can only present the ISEE without specifying a home family group if, for at least two years prior to making the application, you have lived independently (in accommodation not owned by a family member) and have earned income of not less than € 6,500.00 per annum for at least two years. See the ISEE Guide for further details (pages 7 and 8).

If you do not submit your ISEE, or if following the verification process your ISEE application is not successful, you will have to pay the tuition fee in full [.pdf].

Deadlines for first year students

First Cycle or Single Cycle Degree Programme:

  • if there is a call for applications you will find the payment deadlines for the first instalment in the call for applications on the Degree Programme website.
  • if there is no call for applications:
    - First or single instalment: 24 September 2020
    - Second instalment: 18 December 2020 
    - Third instalment: 15 March 2021

Second Cycle Degree:

  • First or single instalment: 29 October 2020
  • Second instalment: 18 December 2020
  • Third instalment: 15 March 2021

If not otherwise specified in the call for applications, the deadline to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee, with an additional late enrolment fee, is 26 November 2020.

Deadlines for students who enrol in years following the first

First Cycle, Single Cycle Degree and Second Cycle Degree:

  • First or single instalment: 24 September 2020
  • Second instalment: 18 December 2020
  • Third instalment: 15 March 2021

What happens if tuition fees are not paid

Failure to pay by the set deadlines will result in the block of the career and therefore in the impossibility of carrying out any act (exams, changing degree programme or university, present a study plan, final examination etc.). In case of non-payment, the University is obliged to proceed for the recovery of unpaid taxes.

Paying tuition fees in instalments

The first instalment, payable on enrolment, amounts to €157.04 (which includes a regional tax of €140, €16 for stamp duty and €1.04 for insurance).

The additional amount due for the 2020/21 a.y. will be calculated in November 2020, after the ISEE has been received and any merit requirements have been verified. You must pay amounts up to €500 in one instalment, but larger amounts can be paid in two instalments.

You will find the amounts on Studenti Online.

NB: the amounts might change during the year, following verification of the ISEE and any merit requirements.

If you do not submit the ISEE Certification, you can pay the full tuition fee [.pdf], in one single instalment, when you enrol. 

Late payment fees

A late payment fee of €30 will automatically apply when payments are made within 30 days after the deadline. A late payment fee of €150 will apply when payments are made more than 30 days after the deadline.

Method of payment

You can pay the taxes through the PagoPA system, set up by the Digital Italy Agency (AgID), which offers various online payment methods.

From 1 July 2020, in accordance with art. 65, paragraph 2 of Legislative Decree no. 217 of 13/12/2017, as amended by art. 1, paragraph 8 of Decree Law 162/2019, all payments to the Public Administration must be made exclusively through the PagoPA system.

With PagoPA there are no fixed transaction limits. Maximum limits depend on the Payment Service Provider and the method chosen to carry out the transaction.
Read more information.

No other payment method is allowed.

Payments are not considered valid (in relation to enrolment in degree programmes or exams) until they are visible on Studenti Online. In urgent situations, you can submit the receipt of your payment to the competent Student Administration Office.

The University of Bologna does not send any communication regarding tuition fee amounts and deadlines, it is your responsibility to find out this information.

Tuition fee payment certification

To print the documents that prove your tuition fee payments for tax purposes, access Studenti Online and go to the Certificates and Self-Certifications section.

Scholarships and subsidies

The University of Bologna and the Regional Authority for the Right to Higher Education (ER.GO) offer a range of special subsidies with regard to the right to higher education, including scholarships, accommodation, luncheon vouchers and tuition fee exemption, and intervene with special calls for applications in favour of students in economic difficulty.
See the Scholarships and Subsidies section