Occupy the sixth position of the most expensive of the European Union, despite offering a few scholarships. The students pay 20% of the studies, according to a report.

The Spanish public university is the most expensive and with fewer scholarships in Europe, according to a Infome Observatory of the University System. Students take 20% of the cost of their studies, figure contests offered by Government and Government, which put the contributory in 15%.

The Spanish public university, the most expensive in Europe

The average price of studying in a college Spanish public is the highest in Europe, although the grant system is the weakest. The college Spanish pay, on average, between 19 and 20% of the cost of their studies. Therefore, the government decree law that aims to upgrade to higher tuition prices will further aggravate this situation. This is one of the main conclusions of a report by the newly created University System Observatory (USO).


The report, entitled How much is the student? , was presented on June 6 at a press conference at the University of Barcelona (UB) by the same coordinator, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Vera Sacristan, and Doctor of Public Health by John Hopkins University and professor at the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Joan Benach, besides the rector of the University of Barcelona, ​​Dídac Ramirez.

The Observatory of the University System spoke on matters of university policy from research, analysis, debate and critical reflection on the public university. This permanent platform consists of specialists in the economics of education and university administration from the likes of Jorge Calero (UB), Agustí Colom (UB), Joan Benach (UPF) or Vera Sacristan (UPC). The report has been quantified as the percentage 19.88% of the total cost paid by teaching college Spanish in 2008-2009, with reference to consolidated data published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD .)

Dídac Ramirez presented the findings of the report in the extraordinary meeting of June 7 Council of Universities, which dealt with the price increase university fees, which is expected to rise to 66% next year. Ramirez described as ” hasty and technically weak “Royal Decree Law 14/2012 which involves increasing the price of the rates approved by university and the PP government last April. The Rector of the UB has been considered in light of the results given that the figure of 15% offered by Government and Government to defend the upgrade price is a ” topic and a lie “that can be removed from the rigor and objectivity in statements published on 6 June at the website of the newspaper El Mundo .

Spain, sixth country with more expensive fees, and under grants from the EU

The report of the Observatory of the University System has analyzed the public costs of universities and although it has shown that there is great disparity even within the same region, said that in the whole of Europe, only Portugal, Holland, Italy, Ireland and Britain have higher prices than those of Spain. Spain is the sixth European Union country with the most expensive license plates (1,038 euros on average). However, it is one of the countries that invest less in grants : 10% of education spending, half of Denmark, Italy and Slovenia.

The study estimates that the level of contribution of Spanish students is ” high “in comparative terms with other countries in our European cultural area, especially taking into account aspects such as the virtual absence of pay-grants, the level” modest “scholarships study and ” limited “amount. The most expensive country is the United Kingdom (4840 euros), while in several countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Czech Republic are free studies. Vera Sacristan said the figure of 20% paid by the students for two years is based on conservative estimates that discriminate the real cost of universities from 60% that goes to teaching budgets and 40% devoted to research , which does not make the calculations of the Administration.

Extremadura, a community in which more than pay

For communities where students copay is higher is in Extremadura (29.92%), Murcia (26%) and the Balearic Islands (24.65%). Follow Madrid (22.71%), Asturias (21.66%), Andalusia (20.91%) and Castilla-Leon (20.15%). The lowest percentage is recorded in Catalonia (15.19%) and Cantabria (16.17%).

3 out of 10 Spanish university graduates

With regard to studies, the Spanish university stand out from the rest of Europe, 5% more than the EU average (27.8%). More than 3 in 10 Spanish aged between 25 and 65 have a university degree, according to a study by the Institute of Economic Research compiled from data from Eurostat (Persons with education attainment level to Given ang sex by age groups). From the data of this study show that the percentage of Spanish university has increased compared to previous years.

Thus, the figure is up nearly 8%, from 24.7% in 2003 to 32.8% of Spanish women with university degrees. Thus, Spain is ranked 12 countries with the highest percentage of college women. Finland is ahead of our country, with more than 45% of women with university studies. Follow Estonia (44.8%), Ireland (41.1%) and Sweden (40.9%). And 40% reach Lithuania and Cyprus. Meanwhile, the figure in Denmark and the UK is above 37%. Also included above the European average Netherlands, Slovenia and Bulgaria, who has spent an average of 20.3% of women with university degrees in 2007 to 27.8% in 2011. Below, are Poland (27.6%), Greece (25.6%), Germany (24.9%), Hungary (26.5%), Slovakia (20.5%). In a lower percentage are Portugal (19.9%), Czech Republic (18.1%), Austria (17.2%) and Italy (16.4%), closing the classification Romania (15.1%) and Malta (14.6%).