Excellent education with accessible registration fees
In the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the annual cost of higher education studies ranges between €8,000 and €12,000. However, to make sure that these fees are not an obstacle for young men and women wishing to embark on higher education, the government pays almost all of them. The student will just have to pay the registration fees. Also known as "minerval" (or “tuition fees”), the maximum limits are set by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and depend on the type of higher education institution.
Registration fees for universities
As a rule, tuition fees for studying at universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will depend on the student’s status:
- Students from Wallonia-Brussels Federation or European Union Member State nationals pay maximum annual tuition fees of €835.
- Students from outside the European Union will need to pay specific registration fees, for which the maximum annual amount is set as €4,175.
Please note: for certain advanced Master’s degrees and MBAs (issue of a certificate), the amount of tuition fees may differ. Contact the institution of your choice for more information.
Exemption from paying full fees – universities
In some cases, non-European students may be exempted from paying full fees. At that point, they will merely need to pay the maximum annual tuition fees of €835. However, certain conditions must be met:
- You must be a national of a “least developed” country as included on the list drawn up by the United Nations or of a country at the foot of the list given on the Human Development Index.
- You must be a national of a country on the list of other countries AND you must meet at least one of the following conditions:
- you must be re-enrolling for the same 1st or 2nd cycle having already acquired at least 75% of the ECTS credits of the annual programme at the end of the previous academic year;
- you must have a certificate of upper secondary education, issued by a fully operative or socially-promoted secondary teaching institution by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, after at least two years of study;
- you must have been assigned a grant by Wallonia-Bruxelles International;
- you must be enrolled on a PhD course (3rd cycle) – the following years, the registration fee will be €32 instead of €835;
- you must be enrolled on an AESS (Certified upper secondary education teacher) study programme.
Registration fees applied by university colleges and schools of arts in French-speaking Belgium
In university colleges and schools of arts in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the amount of tuition fees will depend on the type of studies, the year concerned and the student’s status:
- For students of Wallonia-Brussels or European Union Member State nationals:
- For short study courses, the maximum annual tuition fees will be €175.01 per year, and €227.24 for graduation year.
- For long study courses, the maximum annual tuition fees will be €350.03 per year, and €454.47 for graduation year.
- Students who are not European Union nationals will be required to pay specific registration fees:
- for single-cycle higher education: €992 per year;
- for education in two cycles:
- 1st cycle: €1,487 per year of study
- 2nd cycle: €1,984 per year of study
Exemption from paying full fees – university colleges and schools of arts
According to the 1st article of the Decree by the French Community Executive dated 25 September 1991, certain exemptions apply for non-European students. For example:
- Married students whose spouse resides and works or receives replacement income in Belgium;
- Legally cohabiting students whose legal cohabiting partner resides and works or receives replacement income in Belgium;
- Students residing in Belgium and who have obtained the benefits linked to a status of refugee or asylum-seeker there;
- Students residing and effectively working or receiving replacement income in Belgium;
- Students who have obtained a study grant under the framework of development cooperation.
How can I find out how much the registration fees are?
To find out exactly how much you need to pay in registration fees, please contact the admissions and enrolments service of your future university,university college or school of arts. The amount to be paid will be specified in a letter authorising you to enrol.