Everything you need to know about university fees

The content published on this webpage has been developed by Studenti Indipendenti as guidance and help for students. Official fee information is published by the University at THIS LINK

How it works

The first thing about University fees is that they depend on your "Familiar Income Situation": what does it mean? The FIS is some kind of index about your family's wealth, based on assets and incomes. To know how to obtain this index, you can read the guide we made for you here.

How does this index influence universitary fees? Shortly there are some "steps", that refer to a specific economic range (based on the index). Another important concept is the "no tax area", which is a certain threshold of ISEE below which you do not pay taxes. Between the no tax area and the beginning of the steps there's a buffer zone where the amount you have to pay is directly connected to the index.

Let's see the plot:

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Things we can notice:

  • with index values of less than €30,000 there are 3 separate cases, set out in the legend, which are based on requirements. The first requirement (CFU requirement) applies to students who have obtained at least 25 CFU during the previous academic year (up to 10 August) (10 CFU if in their second year, 0 CFU if in their first year), while the second requirement refers to out-of-school status (enrolment requirement), which means that only students who have been enrolled for a number of years or more equal to the duration of their course + 1 (for three-year degrees, students must have been enrolled for 4 years or more; for master's degrees, students must have been enrolled for 3 years or more).
  • In reality, the value of the fees is never 0, as there is a minimum fee that we all pay, which is €165.59 (which includes €140 of regional taxes, a €16 tax stamp and €9.59 insurance). We then define the total fees to be paid as the sum of this €165.59 and the rest, which we call the all-inclusive contribution
  • The only part that does not follow a "stepped" pattern is the part between €22,000 and €30,000 of ISEE, so the formula for the all-inclusive contribution varies according to certain ISEE classes (the green line in the graph). Therefore, €165.59 must be added to the value of the formula to obtain the total fees. If the enrolment requirement is not met, this formula is increased by 50% (with a maximum of €1474.00 - the blue line in the graph), and the minimum taxable amount is €200. Again, you must add €165.69 to the formula to get the total fees.

    Having solved the mystery of the band between 22,000 and 30,000, let's see what happens in the no tax area: those who respect all the constraints only pay €165.59, those who have been out of school for at least one year pay €200+€165.59 and those who do not respect the CFU requirement pay €888.59. Does this figure sound familiar? We'll get to it in a moment.

    Finally, those who have neither the CFU requirement nor the enrollment requirement (or are above 30,000 ISEE), pay according to the steps (line red del grafico), come in questa tabella:

    index rangeup to 23.120from 23.121 to 27.000from 27.001 to 31.000from 31.001 to 40.000from 40.001 to 51.000from 51.001 to 63.000from 63.001 to 75.000from 75.001 to 95.000above 95.000
    1° installment€888,59€888,59€888,59€888,59€888,59€888,59€888,59€888,59€888,59
    2° installment€0€419,00€751,00€1.065,00€1.386,00€1.713,00€2.040,00€2.466,00€3.003,00

    The last peculiar feature of the fees to the poly is that the all-inclusive contribution varies according to the CFU included in the curriculum. Here too there is a reference table, where you have to consider the CFUs included in the study plan at the beginning of the year. The calculation in this case is to take the all-inclusive contribution, multiply it by the value of the table and add again the €165,59 to have the total amount of fees to be paid.

    credit system (CFU)0 - 3233 - 4546 - 7475 - 80

    1° and 2° installment - fees calculator

    Well, as you know, the installments are divided into a first and second instalment: the first is usually paid at the beginning of September or before the start of lessons, the second is paid at the end of the second semester, towards the end of May (in any case, you will receive an email when the bulletin is issued).

    For those who fall under the tiered system (red line), the first instalment always corresponds to the famous €888.59 while the second is equal to the total sum - the first instalment (as specified in the table above).

    In other cases, the first instalment can be a maximum of €888.59, so if the total to be paid is less than this, you will pay less (if it is more, you will pay the €888.59 in the first instalment and the rest in the second instalment).

    If you just want to know how much you should pay yourself, then you can calculate it directly using the automatic algorithm below, which will tell you exactly how much tax you should pay.

    *The automatic calculator may not always be accurate, especially for ISEE values below €30,000.

    In addition, the calculator does not take into account any bonuses or other cumulative exemptions.

    Other exemptions

    There are other categories of Poli fee exemptions, we invite you to discover them directly on the site! Here is a short summary: