In France's public institutions of higher education, the government bears the bulk of the cost of education—an average of €10,000 to €14,000 per student per year.


Annual tuition rates at public institutions are set by law. The rates for the 2013–14 academic year are, by degree program:

  • €183 for licence (undergraduate) programs
  • €254 for master's programs
  • €388 for doctoral programs
  • €606 for programs leading to the diplôme d’ingénieur

Additional fees may be assessed for specific services.

Tuition rates at private institutions—particularly schools of business and management—is generally higher (from €4,000 to €30,000 annually).