Being able to graduate on schedule within your degree course is increasingly important, not only from the point of view of entering the job market but also from the point of view of university fees . In fact, not only is being out of course obliging students to pay university fees for each additional academic year, but many universities in recent years have introduced a surcharge on the contribution of those who are not on par with the curriculum and exams.
Each university manages this tax increase in its own way - just as it does for the exemptions for disability, income and merit - but we can still outline common lines to understand when this surcharge for off-course is triggered.

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As we have said, each university can decide the amount of university fees for each academic year, as well as establish the functioning of the exemptions for income, disability and merit.

The same applies to the eventual increase for out of course students. For this, to know the details, you must consult the website of your university. In general, however, we can outline these guidelines common to many universities:

  • for the first year out of the course a higher contribution is not required but only the payment of the normal tuition fee;
  • the increase on the university contribution takes place starting from the second year out of course for three-year degrees and starting from the third year out of course for single-cycle or specialist master's degrees;
  • the increase may also be linked to ISEE income. In some universities, only those who fall into the highest income bracket have to pay an additional fee; in general, however, this extra figure is paid by all students out of the course, but proportionally to the income;
  • the amount of the additional fee to be paid generally ranges from 100 to 200-250 euros per year. Sometimes it is calculated as a percentage - a share equal to 10% -50% of university fees ;
  • the fee is automatically activated and each university indicates the terms within which it must be paid.

Some universities, such as those in Pisa, however, do not provide for an increase in university fees for off-course students but for those who have not at least given a total of exams corresponding to a certain number of credits in an academic year.
Example: if the student in the period from 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016 has not taken exams for at least 12 ECTS, he is required to pay a 10% increase in the university contribution due for the 2016/2017 academic year, by pay by March 15, 2017.

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Are you about to enroll in university? Find out how university fees work with our resources:

  • Deductions for university fees
  • Exemption from university fees: cases
  • The minimum registration fee
  • How to apply for a scholarship

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