ACADEMIC SERVICES – FAQ
Fees and Scholarships
Yes. Regardless of how many curricular units you will be studying during the academic year, your tuition fees will not be reduced.
Yes. However, students who are dealing with financial difficulties and applying to a scholarship from the government can postpone the first instalment of their tuition fees until their scholarship application process is concluded and they have received the first scholarship payment from the government.
When you defer your tuition fees payment, they will be paid as follows:
a) For students who were awarded a scholarship, within 7 days from the third day the student received their first scholarship payment, as stated by the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES).
b) For students who were not awarded a scholarship, within 7 days of being notified of the payment refusal.
Tuition fees are paid via ATM (payment of services).
Payment references can be found in the Student Portal, before the tenth day of every month. Only in exceptional and justified cases, other payment methods will be authorized.
Yes. If you pay your tuition fees after the deadline, you will be charged an interest fee.
Consequences of not paying my tuition fees
If you fail to pay your tuition fees, the consequences are:
- Everything you’ve done during the respective academic year will not be validated.
- You will not be able to enrol and register in the academic year to which the failure refers until you pay your tuition fees, as well as the interest fee.
- Politécnico de Leiria will not issue you any certificates and other documents.
Students must pay their overdue tuition fees and interest fees in full (and in only one payment) before registering for the new academic year.
Other student fees
No. If you were awarded a scholarship, you get a 50% reduction in other student fees, with the exception of the penalty for completing academic activities out of time. Please check the list provided in the previous answer.
Merit scholarships provided by public and private higher education are awarded to students who have achieved exceptional performance, regardless of their income.
The student is considered to have achieved exceptional performance when they have:
- Passed all the curricular units of their study plan of previous academic year, and
- The average of their results was not less than Very Good (16), in the previous academic year.
Students do not need to apply. Scholarships are awarded by the Politécnico de Leiria’s Social Services, which are responsible for selecting the students who have achieved the requirements set out in the legislation.
The merit scholarship is worth five times the value of the Portuguese minimum monthly salary as set out in the beginning of the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded.