In 2012, many public universities Italians were collected tuition fees beyond the limits stable. Via a new appeals? Nah, you’re all set, thanks to a measure passed in the summer of the same year by the Monti government.

By law, the total amount of tuition fees paid by the members of each state university could not be more than 20 per cent of the share of Ordinary Fund (FFO) that it is at the same university for the year in question. This limit has been breached in 2012 from 45 public universities and over 63, if they had not taken corrective, it could have set off a chain of appeals like the one against the University of Pavia, who was sentenced in 2011 to repay the Tar students with the excess amounts. To avoid this, in the context of the spending review , the government led by Mario Monti passed a rule which eliminates from the calculation the total contribution of off course , so the universities have been able to continue to grow the amount of tuition fees without fear of repercussions.


The results of the measure have soared for all to see with the publication of the decree by the Ministry of Education for the award of ‘organic points’, through which you establish the possibility for each university to make or grant new hires career advancement staff. The latest statistical data directly by the ministry show that, in spite of the limits, tuition fees have been an average increase of 63 per cent in ten years (2003-2012), by passing the total amount of the contribution student from 1.2 to almost 2.1 billion euro.

On average, tuition fees have breached the limit of 20 percent of FFO of 4.5 points, but in many universities has gone well beyond the 10 points: the University of Turin, for example, the student contribution is almost equal to 33 percent of the amounts received from the Ministry of Education, while the wing of Milan Bicocca and the percentage is between 36 and 37 percent, and the University for Foreigners of Siena is touched even 66.4 percent.

As the number of assumptions made ​​by each university depends on the economic situation of the same and that’s why many universities have been allocated quota close to zero , you are likely now a rain of further increases, given that – as there is no horizon further increases in FFO – to increase the fees charged to students beyond the limits is the only lever that universities have to put in place the accounts .

It is absolutely possible, at this point, which would see a further growth of the straight lines in the South , where they still study costs on average less, especially considering the fact that the southern universities were among the most disadvantaged in the allocation of ‘organic points’. If nothing changes, for off course the South seems to herald an authentic Sting.