Over 400 INPS Scholarships for University Colleagues: all useful information

The INPS call is open, with expiration on August 16, 2022, providing 477 scholarships for children of public employees and pensioners to partially or totally cover the fees of the 53 University Colleges of Merit recognized by the Ministry of University and research and represented by the Conference of University Colleges of Merit (CCUM).

Depending on the ISEE income, the call provides for contributions up to a maximum of 12,500 Euros for the next academic year. These scholarships will also be made available to the beneficiary students in the following years for the entire duration of their academic career, subject to the receipt of the merit requirements and the announcement. The achievement of the scholarship is subject to the students passing the entrance contests to the colleges, which evaluate the academic merits and motivations of the students, regardless of income. Calls for admission to the 53 University Colleges of Merit are already open and for the academic year 2022-23 will offer over 1,000 places.

The requirements. To apply, students must not be more than two years late in their school career; they must be unemployed or unemployed on the date of submission of the application; they must not have exceeded the age of 26 on the expiration date of the call; they must not be removed from a collegial structure for disciplinary reasons; they may not have received any criminal convictions or may not have engaged in any criminal proceedings; they may not benefit from academic benefits, in cash or in services, of a total value of more than 6,000 Euros provided by the State or by other public or private bodies and institutions for the academic year 2022/2023, and may not assignees of a place in the Collegio and the structures owned by INPS. For information: https://www.inps.it/welfare/default.aspx?lastMenu=21556&iMenu=1&tb=0&fondo=0&scadenza=0&idettaglio=38&itipo=1#

The Colleges of Merit are non-profit organizations in which students, in addition to the benefit of space and pension, pursue a continuing education path with respect to university studies, mainly focused on preparation for the world of work. Students are admitted to colleges through a competition that evaluates their academic merits and motivations, regardless of income. To find out about colleges and open call: https://www.collegiuniversitari.it/it/cerca-collegio.aspx


Colleges have recorded a 12% increase in applications for entry in 2021. 47% of ‘collegiate’ students attend completion courses in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), against a national average of 24%, while 16% belong to the medical field. 95.3% of college students complete their studies on schedule and 97.5% have a job one year after graduation.


By 2021, over 70% of graduates will be studying in the same province in which they received their diploma (44.3%) or in the neighboring province (25.8%). The choice to “study at home” is linked to the large availability of universities in the area, but also to the need to include costs. Today, there are 1.79 million university students, of whom over 500,000 are off-site. The beneficiaries of scholarships are about 244,000. Considering that there are about 40,000 places available in university students and colleges, it turns out that over 250,000 off-site and rented apartments live without scholarships, with expenses ranging from 6,500 to 8,000 euros per year (food, accommodation, utilities, internet) . A year in a college of merit, taking into account that the scholarships provided by these structures cover from 30 to 100% of the costs, has an average residual cost borne by the students between 5,000 and 6,000 euros (inclusive Personalized training courses, meals, accommodation, utilities, internet, use of study places and leisure time within the structures) *.

Characteristics of the Colleges

The University Colleges of Merit are housing structures designed to host students from Italian universities and colleges, both state and non-state, who demonstrate special skills, motivations and commitment during their studies to achieve excellent results.

The Conference of University Colleges of Merit (CCUM) is the association that brings together 53 University Colleges of Merit and represents, is recognized and accredited by the Ministry of University and Research.

Students entering through competitions based on merit and personal motivation, in addition to room and board, receive a range of services such as personalized tutorial assistance and the provision of cultural activities complemented by academic courses, based on a personalized contract between the Collegio and the College. individual student who wants to prepare the student for professional life.

To obtain accreditation, University Colleges of Merit must have some distinctive features such as:

  • define a personalized training course, coaching and tutoring for all students;
  • guarantee scholarships and concessions for less well-off students;
  • offer and guarantee international mobility initiatives;
  • Implementation of collaboration agreements with trade associations, public bodies, medium-sized companies for training and career guidance activities.

The University Colleges of Merit are located in seventeen Italian cities in eleven regions (Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, Lazio, Campania, Puglia and Sicily). In addition, in 2022, the Sant’Efisio College of Cagliari was also recognized as a College of Merit by the Ministry of University and Research.

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