The University of Madeira is a public institution. However, as in many other countries, even though it is a public institution, studies are not free and students are required to pay tuition/annuities fees to attend available courses.

At the University of Madeira, Portuguese students as well as students from European Union countries have part of their studies subsidized by the Portuguese State. International students (nationals of countries outside the European Union) do not benefit from these subsidies; the amount will differ from national and EU students.