Average cost of baby food per year

The Cost of Baby Formula

The cost of baby formula in the U.S. has skyrocketed – and that’s if you can find any. Whereas in 2019 name brand baby formula cost American parents anywhere from 9 cents per ounce to 32 cents per ounce, by the first half of 2022 the price of such products had soared to a range of 54 cents per ounce to $1.15 per ounce, or higher if you’re not shopping at a discount outlet like Costco or Sam’s Club. Such costs and scarcity are driving some parents to buy generic brand formula from online vendors, turn to milk banks or just do without. Here’s why the cost of feeding a baby has shot up so dramatically.

Consider working with a financial a family-focused financial advisor who can guide you through these and other costs associated with the journey of raising a child.

Baby Formula Cost Per Month: A Breakdown 

To understand the real cost of baby formula, the first step is to estimate how much milk your baby will need. Certified breastfeeding specialist Kelly Bonyata estimates babies consume an average of 25 ounces of milk per day during their first year.

Calculating the cost of baby formula will also require you to find out how much your preferred brand costs per ounce. Based on our research, you can expect to pay 54 cents per ounce for the cheaper brands. The higher-end brands will run you around around $1.15 cents per ounce or more.

If your baby currently consumes 25 ounces of milk per day, you can expect to spend between $821.25 and $2,920 in your baby’s first year – depending on the brand you choose.

Here’s how we calculated the cost of baby formula per year.

54 cents X 25 = $13.50
$13.50 X 365 = $4,927.50

$1.15 X 25 = $28.75
$28.75 X 365 = $10,493.75

If you want to figure out the cost of baby formula per month, simply take the price of baby formula you calculated for a year and divide by 12. Based on the above calculations, your monthly cost is going to range from about $411 to about $874. If you’re buying from a milk bank, of which there are about 30 in the U.S., expect to pay about $6,000 per month.

Now, whether the infant formula you purchase is worth the cost depends on your individual situation and preferences. But now that you know what to expect, you can calculate your budget to account for the cost of baby formula.

Of course, your baby would likely need more baby formula in the middle of the first year of life as she grows before gradually cutting back as she starts eating more solid food.

To give you a better picture of how the cost of baby formula will fluctuate over time, the table below from Bonyata breaks down the recommended ounces of milk a baby should consume throughout her first year, from minimum to maximum.

                                 Daily Amount of Baby Formula Required in Ounces
0 weeks – 2 months 14 – 21 28 – 32
2 – 6 months 24 40
6-9 months 24 32
9 -12 months 18 32

But price shouldn’t be the only factor you’re weighing when it comes to choosing the right baby formula for your child. Some types may be vastly healthier than others.

Why Baby Formula Is Scarce

There are only four major producers of baby formula in the United States and one of them, Abbott Laboratories, accounts for a little more than 40% of the supply. After a whistleblower complaint following a few instances of babies getting sick, the FDA ordered Abbott to suspend production until it could verify that there were no contaminants. That verification was completed on May 13, the same day the administration unveiled a website for parents seeking formula: hhs.gov/formula.

One reason for the concentration of formula producers is because of protective tariffs, up to 17.5%, on imports. Further, critics assert that FDA labeling and ingredient requirements dissuade non-U.S. producers from entering the domestic market. Another factor is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for low-income mothers. About half of all baby formula in the U. S. is purchased with WIC benefits. However, the range of brands available using WIC benefits is limited, something the administration says it is working to broaden.

Why Cheaper Generic Baby Formula Isn’t Always Better

When it comes to saving money on the products we need, we sometimes resort to generic versions to save a few dollars or cents. But you want the best for your child’s health, and the cheapest baby formula on the shelf may not help you achieve this goal.

Several companies offer organic baby formula with no added sugars. One example is Huggable.

In fact, the U.S.-based company says its products are from European countries where regulations around the ingredients used in baby formula are a lot stricter than in the U.S. Huggable’s prices compare to the costs of the higher-end brands on American shelves. But the company aims to justify the cost through its potential health benefits.

“A lot of the baby formulas you’ll find in the U. S. use high fructose corn syrup, glucose syrup solids or just plain sugar as the base for the carbohydrate,” Huggable CEO Madhu Punjabi said. “It’s no mystery, then, why there’s a childhood obesity and diabetes epidemic right now in the U.S.”

The main carbohydrate in breast milk is lactose. Punjabi added that a high quality formula would ideally try to mimic breast milk as close as possible.

“High-quality formulas should be based on organic cow’s milk or organic goat’s milk, because, like breast milk, these have lactose as their carbohydrate base, instead of sugars,” she said.

Huggable and similar infant formulas also contain probiotics, which experts at the Cleveland Clinic say can reduce the amount of infection- and inflammation-causing bacteria in your baby’s gut.

The Huggable website notes that with “nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. having obesity, it’s never been more important to carefully read the ingredients list of the formula you choose for your little one to make sure it doesn’t contain added sugar.

But while weighing the costs and health benefits of different baby formulas, some may consider not going down the formula route at all to nourish their children. Many nursing mothers, of course, subscribe to the idea that “breast is best.” Organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life. It’s often touted as a money-saving options, because the milk is free. But breastfeeding is not without costs of its own.

The Costs of Breastfeeding vs. Formula

For various reasons, some women may not be able to breastfeed their children. And those who can may need help, which can cost money. For instance, you may need a lactation consultant. A home visit from this expert lasting about two hours can cost several hundred dollars. A single office visit can also climb to $350. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance, as some or all of this cost may be covered.

You may also need the following, though these products are not always necessary:

  • Nursing bra: Starting at about $12
  • Hand pumps: $5 to $35
  • Nursing shirt: Starting at about $10
  • Double electric pump: $120 to $350
  • Nursing dress: Starting at about $20
  • Nursing pillow: $10 to $50

In addition, this doesn’t factor in the cost of a breastfeeding mother’s time. This includes economic loss that breastfeeding may take depending on your profession. If you earn sales commissions, for instance, the time you spend in the lactation room may diminish the amount of time you’re able to spend closing deals.

So from an economic standpoint, which is best for you – breastfeeding or formula?

Remember, you can expect to pay $10,000 for higher-end baby formula in a year. The cost of breastfeeding is a lot harder to measure, however, because many of the costs are optional. And whether you require them depends on your individual situation.

But let’s say you have two at-home lactation consultations in a year, totaling $600. If you purchase all the products listed above without replacing them, you’re looking at a breastfeeding cost of $847 (we selected the most expensive choice for the products for which we reported price ranges).

Without taking into consideration the cost of a breastfeeding mother’s time, this estimation shows breastfeeding is about 30% the cost of formula. Ultimately, the decision is yours based on time, physical ability, health considerations, personal preferences and money.

How to Save on Baby Formula

Because some mothers may find breastfeeding difficult, time consuming or even impossible, they want to make sure they are making the right choice when it comes to formula. They also want to be mindful of their wallet when deciding on their brand of choice. But if you use baby formula, there are plenty of ways to slash the price tag. After all, the cost of raising a child is high enough.

“Always buy in bulk, and make sure you have a list when you walk into the grocery store,” said Neale Godfrey, a financial literacy expert.

She added that this list should prioritize the items you need for your baby. For instance, organic products that you need would go at the top. Lists are useful to have when you’re browsing the aisles, but they can be especially handy while you’re shopping online. That way, you make sure you’re getting all that you need and watching your budget.

Here are some additional tips to reduce the price of baby formula.

Comparison shop online: E-commerce websites don’t have the same overhead as physical stores, so they can often reduce the price of your favorite baby formula – especially when you buy in large quantities.

Buy in bulk: These days, you can find several stores and websites that offer discounts when you buy baby formula in bulk. While there, you can also cut down on other products you need for your baby.

Use coupons: While you can still clip paper coupons from the Sunday paper, the internet is loaded with websites dedicated to coupons. You can also download apps onto your phone that can find baby formula coupons for you.

Ask your doctor for free samples: Major brands often provide doctors with free batches of their products, so ask if your doctor has some on hand.

Sign up for mailing lists: If you visit your favorite infant formula brand’s website, you can likely sign up for a mailing list. Companies often send welcome packages with free samples. And you can get coupons and other discounts sent to you periodically.

Use powdered formula: Across brands, powdered infant formula tends to be cheaper than liquid forms.

Check with your insurance provider: If your baby needs a specific kind of formula, your insurance provider may cover it. Depending on which type of insurance you have, you can open a health savings account (HSA). These help you invest for your baby’s medical expenses while enjoying unique tax breaks.

Earn rewards: If you’re using your credit card to purchase baby formula, you can earn some money while doing it. Shop around for the best cash-back credit cards. Some of the best checking accounts around offer this perk as well. Even 1.5% cash-back on purchases can put some significant money back in your pocket over time.

Look into WIC: Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for government assistance. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states. Their services help low-income women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or using formula access food and healthcare.

The Takeaway

Feeding your baby can be costly, whether breastfeeding or providing formula. Baby formula costs can rise especially high, but there are plenty of ways you can save. Try buying in bulk, surfing the web for deals and asking your doctor for free samples. Cost shouldn’t be the only factor that determines the type of baby formula you use. The formula you select can affect the health of your child. It’s important to pay close attention to the ingredients in that formula to capture a true picture of the cost and benefit of the food you provide for your child. It’s a good idea to discuss your decision with your child’s pediatrician.

Tips to Save for Your Child’s Future
  • If you just had a baby, you may be concerned about what the costs of college may be when your little one is ready to leave the nest. But you can start preparing now by opening a 529 college savings plan. These help you invest in your child’s future college expenses while you enjoy some tax breaks. Each state sponsors at least one, and most require no minimum contribution. We also published a report on all you need to know about college savings plans.
  • The average cost of raising a child through age 17 is close to a quarter of a million dollars a year, according to a recent report by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. But there are plenty of ways to save and invest in your child’s future, including getting professional help.

    Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to three financial advisors who serve your area, and you can interview your advisor matches at no cost to decide which one is right for you. If you’re ready to find an advisor who can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.

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Disclosure: SmartAsset prepared this post in partnership with Huggable.

Javier Simon, CEPF® Javier Simon is a banking, investing and retirement expert for SmartAsset. The personal finance writer's work has been featured in Investopedia, PLANADVISER and iGrad. Javier is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. He has a degree in journalism from SUNY Plattsburgh. Javier is passionate about helping others beyond their personal finances. He has volunteered and raised funds for charities including Fight Cancer Together, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Cost of Baby Food - Child Care and Expenses

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Of the baby formulas, Mead Johnson (Enfamil) is the most popular, followed by Ross (Similac), Nestle (Carnation) and store brands (Wal-Mart, Target, grocery story). Typical costs:
  • Powders are least expensive. Powdered formula from the grocery store can cost about $50 a month, brand name powder can cost $100-$150 a month (for about 130oz of powder per month).
  • Ready to feed cans are the most expensive, at $5-$10 per 32 ounce can, often sold in cases of 6-8 cans. A month's supply of ready to feed formula can run from $100 to around $300 a month.
  • According to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (an agency of the USDA), the average annual expenditures on infants 0-2 years olds for food ranges from $83 a month by families that make an average of $27,000 to $130 a month for families making an average of $109,000.
  • If you choose to breast-feed, you may save substantially on formula, although many people purchase additional clothing for breast-feeding and breast pumps.
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Amount: $80.00 per month
Posted by: Susanne S. in Kenmore, NY.Posted: September 22nd, 2010 08:09PM
Brand: SimilacStore: Rite Aid

I use my "wellness card" (in store sales card) and the manufacturer coupon that is taped to the front of each can (1. 00 off at register). The regular price of Similac Advanced is about 13.99 for the regular can (not the huge one). I pay 10.19 for a can (I get 20 percent off with my wellness card and the 1.00 coupon). I feel so good when I leave the store.. try it. (You have to spend over 1,000 dollars at Rite Aid to reach the 20% off level.. which is valid for a year from the date of reaching the level. I have to say, it's the best savings card in my area). We use between 2 and 3 cans per week of the Similac... the older our baby gets, the less formula he needs, obviously and he's been averaging about 2.5 cans per week now. But you get the idea. Based on the cost per can and what you use, you should be able to figure out what you're going to spend at Rite Aid with the method described here. Good luck!

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Posted by: shortyc in east, NC.Posted: July 19th, 2010 11:07AM
Brand: NutramigenStore: Target

I tried breastfeeding but I didnt produce enough milk, and later found out my kids are both lactose and soy intolerant. They also both had colic. Unfortunately I have no other option other than the nutramigen, which is made by enfamil thats 33 dollars for a can of the powder in which my son goes through at least 6 a month. When ever I got a breast pump to start with I just got one of those evenflo ones, which was suggested to me by my doctor and the pediatrician. They are much cheaper, just as efficient and the bottles are alot cheaper too and last just as long.

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Posted by: lacatation specialist in southeast, PA.Posted: April 5th, 2010 03:04PM

A breast pump should never be purchased used. Hospitals do rent out breast pumps, but the models are designed for this purpose (don't allow backup into the unit) and are thoroughly cleaned after each person. One you purchase used does not have the same benefits and could potentially have had breast milk back up into the unit exposing your child to bacteria and disease. The cost of purchasing/renting a good quality pump is less expensive, though, overall than buying formula. So spend the money on that good pump (like a Medela pump in style) and reap the rewards not only free food for your baby, but also the best thing you can give her.

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Amount: $95. 00 per month
Posted by: Jayna in Kansas City, MO.Posted: May 24th, 2009 02:05PM
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I bought my madela pump in style double breast pump (the same one they were selling @ babies-r-us at the time) for $70 at a consignment sale. I then purchased new tubing and accessories which cost an additional $34..total cost-$94! Yes, I've heard people say that it's gross to use a used breat pump, but if the hospitals rent out used ones what could be so bad about it?? As long as you get new accessories you're fine. Save your money like I did!

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The most expensive item was the double Medela breast pump, which we got on sale at Babies R Us for $260. In addition to that, we've spent about $100 on bottles, nipples, storage bags and other equipment. If you get Dr. Brown's bottles, be sure to get the ones that are glass or polypropelene (BPA free).

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Prices for groceries and food in Slovakia 2022

Small and charming Slovakia has become quite popular among tourists in recent decades, and this trend is increasing every year.

Despite being landlocked, this country boasts ski resorts as well as historical sights. And they are happy to come to Slovakia to get acquainted with one more of its assets - the kitchen.

Very hospitable and hospitable people live here, who have long been known as excellent cooks. In our article, we will briefly mention the main national dishes, suggest what you should definitely try, and orient you at the current food prices. nine0003


  1. What is the first thing to try in Slovakia?
  2. Product prices
  3. Baby food

What to try first?

The traditional cuisine of Slovakia has been shaped for many years under the influence of neighboring states: the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary.

If you take a closer look, you will notice that the national dishes of Slovakia are in many ways similar to Czech ones. For example, the world-famous “boar knee” is prepared exactly according to the same recipe as in the Czech Republic. The meat is marinated with beer and spices and then baked. nine0003

By the way, Slovaks' favorite drink is beer. It is not as legendary as in the neighboring Czech Republic, but in terms of taste it may well compete with it. But still, there are some differences and features in the national cuisine of Slovakia.

The main components of local cuisine are meat, dumplings, wine, beer. The most popular among tourists are delicious first courses. Travelers may be surprised by the way various goulash and soups are served: they are often served in bread with the crumb removed. nine0003

Here are some must-try first courses:

  • fazul’ova polievka – bean soup. It is prepared from red beans with the addition of smoked meats;
  • сesnakova polievka – garlic soup. Mild soup-puree with garlic flavor;
  • k apustnica – sauerkraut soup similar to saltwort.

Most popular second courses:

  • spišska pochut’ka – spišska pochut’ka – meat goulash with mushrooms and potato pancakes;
  • "boar's knee liver" - baked pork knuckle;
  • Spread Cheese is a deep fried breaded cheese.

Desserts and pastries from this country are reminiscent of their Austrian counterparts. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of trying pancakes with peach filling, as well as strudel, which is cooked here no worse than in Vienna. In addition, pay attention to very unusual steamed buns. nine0003

  • Family holidays in Slovakia

Food prices in Slovakia

Going on a trip, it is important for any tourist what budget for food should be provided for, as well as which restaurants and cafes are worth visiting.

If you are renting an apartment with a kitchen where you can cook your own meals, it would be good to know about the shops located nearby.

  • The best hotels in Slovakia for families with children

The cost of food in large cities and near tourist centers is somewhat higher than in the periphery. But in general, Slovak prices can be called average European.

Product prices 2022

Like throughout Europe, well -known large supermarkets are functioning in Slovakia, such as Tesco , Lidl , , Billala Billa Billala Billala Billa Billa Billala Billas Kaufland . As a rule, they are located on the outskirts of cities.

We recommend shopping in large supermarkets - this way you will have more chances to get promotional goods and products with good discounts.

Below is a table with average prices for products.


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Prices in cafes and restaurants 2022

In the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, there are many cozy cafes and restaurants. Since the tourism industry is developing at a tremendous pace, every year new interesting catering establishments appear.

On average, a meal in a metropolitan restaurant will cost you about 15–20 euros. Lunch includes soup, salad, main meat or fish dish, drink. Below are the prices for some dishes:

  • steak (200-300 g) - from 12 euros; nine0012
  • salad (250-300 g) - 5-7 euros;
  • soups - from 7 euros;
  • pork ribs (1 kg) - from 15 euros;
  • lamb with potatoes (up to 0.5 kg) - about 20 euros;
  • grilled salmon (250 g) - about 12 euros;
  • seafood dishes (150-250 g) - 14-20 euros.

If you want to taste dishes of national cuisine, then be sure to look into "koliba" or "salash". These are small establishments decorated in ethnic style. nine0003

You can dine in a similar cafe in Bratislava for 6–10 euros. You will definitely be pleased with the portion sizes and the intimate atmosphere.

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An alternative option is to have a snack on the street if you do not want to spend time processing and waiting for your order. Approximate prices for street food:

  • shawarma - about 2.5–3.5 euros;
  • french fries (100 g) - 0.5 euros;
  • nine0011 pizza (piece) - from 1 euro;
  • boiled corn (100 g) - 0.3 euros;
  • sandwich or kebab - 1.6-2.6 euros;
  • ice cream (one ball) - about 1 euro;
  • beer (0.5 l) - from 1.5 euros;
  • latte - 1-2 euros;
  • water (0.25 l) - from 1 euro per bottle;
  • American - 1.6 euros.

You can take a break from your walks with a cappuccino or a glass of beer at a popular tourist spot on the waterfront. nine0038 Here are approximate prices:

  • cappuccino - about 3 euros;
  • espresso - 2.2 euros;
  • milkshake - about 4 euros;
  • beer (0.5 l) - 2.5-3 euros.

You can try good beer in one of the pubs, which are very popular among the locals. A glass of beer will cost 1-1.5 euros, a meat steak - 15 euros, coffee or a soft drink - 2 euros.

Another fairly budget food option is fast food. You can order sandwiches for 3 euros, refresh yourself with dishes from a special menu for 5 euros, a hamburger or cheeseburger will cost about 1 euro. nine0003

Comparing food prices in Bratislava, it can be noted that they are lower than in Vienna, but higher than in Prague.

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Baby food in Slovakia

If you are traveling in Slovakia with a child, then you do not have to worry about baby food. The high quality of products is guaranteed by the state: everything is checked and strictly controlled.

In any supermarket and shop you can find a huge assortment of baby milk formulas, purees, cereals. True, sometimes there are problems with the search and purchase of monocomponent purees. nine0003

If your baby has certain habits and eating habits, it is best to bring a supply of essential foods with you.

Promotions are held almost every week in large stores and there are good discounts. But this does not mean that the products are expired or of poor quality.

The most common price cuts are for the last items in a batch or products with damaged packaging. The inscription "zlyava", which you can see in large supermarkets, means "discounts". nine0003

Lovers of natural products can buy baby food in Bio shops. All products offered here are grown and prepared without the use of modern fertilizers and additives. True, the prices of goods in such stores are much higher than in supermarkets.

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Many parents who come on vacation with children book apartments with kitchens and prepare their own meals. We recommend this option for families with children. nine0003

When ordering food in restaurants and cafes in Slovakia, please note that fried meat food may be too heavy for children.

But many cafes and restaurants also offer a diet menu. Children usually like aromatic Slovak soups and delicious pastries.

You can learn more about children's cuisine in Slovakia from our article. We will be glad if these materials about Slovakia will help you plan a bright and unforgettable trip.

education at universities, schools, kindergartens

According to a study by VTsIOM, every third Russian dreams of studying at a foreign university for their children and grandchildren. The advantages of foreign education are a diploma that is recognized outside of Russia, internships in international companies, the ability to travel around the world. At first glance, studying abroad requires significant investment, but there is a way to enter a European university with minimal costs.

Higher education in Portugal is not only the most budgetary in the European Union, but also prestigious. Four Portuguese universities - the University of Lisbon, the University of Porto, the New University of Lisbon, the University of Coimbra - entered the top 500 best universities in the world, according to QS World University Ranking. nine0003

The Catholic University of Portugal, the New University of Lisbon and the School of Government of the City of Porto are among the universities with the highest level of education in the field of economics and business, according to the Financial Times and IESE Business School.

Portuguese diplomas are recognized in all EU countries, valued in Latin America. Some Portuguese universities develop programs jointly with universities in the UK, their graduates receive double diplomas.

To enter a university, it is important to get a quality basic education. We will tell you how the Portuguese education system works for those who plan to send their children to a European kindergarten or school. nine0003

Pre-school education in Portugal

Portuguese kindergartens accept children from three months to five years. But pre-school education is optional and remains at the discretion of the parents.

Kindergartens and nurseries in Portugal: a selection of the best by region

First, the kids attend the younger group - an analogue of the Russian nursery. Here they learn to eat, dress themselves, develop fine motor skills. Nursery groups are not everywhere. In order not to waste time on a visit, information can be checked on the kindergarten website or by phone. nine0003

At the age of three, kids are transferred to a preparatory group, where they learn to read, write, draw, and dance. The task of educators is to prepare children for school.

Parents can choose public or private kindergarten. You won't have to pay for the state. The family only compensates for the cost of meals: an average of 40 € per month. If the child is brought to the group before 9 o'clock and picked up after 15 o'clock, parents pay for an extension - about 80 € per month.

Saídos da Casca nursery in Lisbon for children from 3 months to 3 years. nine0615 Source: Saidos da Casca

Escolinha de Sonhos private kindergarten.
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Kindergarten at the American International School CAISL in Lisbon.
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It is easier to arrange a child in a private kindergarten : there are no queues. Another plus is that there are no more than 10 children in groups, which is two times less than in state kindergartens. In addition to standard reading and writing, educators teach children foreign languages. nine0003

In Portugal, there are private kindergartens with instruction in English, and in Lisbon even with Russian-speaking teachers. The monthly fee for a private kindergarten ranges from 250 to 500 €. Read more about how to choose a kindergarten in Portugal in the review.

In the state kindergarten the total cost of lunches and extensions depends on the family budget. The lower the official income of the parents, the less you have to pay. If a family rents an apartment or pays off a mortgage loan, the monthly payment for kindergarten will be reduced. You can confirm loan payments with a bank statement or a receipt. It is important that it indicates the terms of the loan, the amount of the monthly payment and the address. It is more difficult to confirm rental expenses - you will need printed receipts for the last three months. nine0003

Groups are formed from April to June, so you should apply in advance. For pre-registration, no documents are needed, it is enough to indicate the date of birth of the child and a contact phone number. If you didn’t make it on time, you can sign up for the queue. Kindergartens form lists every year, but the wait can take years, so parents queue up until the birth of a child.

Many public gardens in Portugal are attached to schools and colleges. After the preparatory group, the child is enrolled in a particular school. nine0003

Foreigners can send their child to a public kindergarten if they receive a residence permit - a residence permit in Portugal. Residence permit holders can apply even before the birth of a child.

The Golden Visa Program allows you to obtain a residence permit in Portugal for investment. Depending on the budget, an investor can buy shares of Portuguese companies or investment fund shares, register a company for 10 jobs, invest money in real estate, research activities or restoration of cultural heritage. A residence permit will be issued in 6 months. The most budget option is investing in real estate. It is enough to invest 280,000 €. nine0003

A D7 visa to Portugal also allows you to obtain a residence permit. Financially independent persons who have a stable income abroad receive a visa and, after 2 months, a residence permit. This path differs from the golden visa in large restrictions. For example, you need to spend at least 183 days a year in the country.

School education in Portugal

In Portugal, children start school at the age of 6. Basic nine-year education is compulsory. From the age of 15 to 18, children receive a secondary education, after which they enter a university based on the results of exams or get a job. nine0003

The best schools in Portugal: from Lisbon to the Azores

To send your child to school , you must submit an application. Since 2020, all applications are accepted only in electronic form. When enrolling foreigners, you will need:

  • copies of the passport of the parents and the child;
  • medical certificate with vaccination information translated into Portuguese;
  • individual tax number of the father or mother;
  • nine0011 2 photographs for a personal file;
  • documents confirming the address of residence. For example, a lease for an apartment.

If the parents have obtained a residence permit, the child will be admitted to a public school on a general basis. Read more about the ways to get a residence permit in Portugal, the costs, the procedure and documents in the guide.

If the child went to school in Russia and then the family moved to Portugal, the student's personal file must be obtained. It contains information about academic performance in subjects and health status. On the basis of a personal file, the child is enrolled in a suitable class. nine0003

Education documents are apostilled by the Russian Ministry of Education. To affix an apostille in Moscow, you can submit an application on the mos.ru website and monitor its readiness by the registration number. 5 days are allotted for checking the documents that are attached to the application. If clarifications are required, the verification can be extended up to 45 business days.

Primary school in Azeñas do Mar. If a Russian gets a residence permit in Portugal, his child will be admitted to a public school free of charge

There are two types of schools in Portugal : public and private. Education in public schools is free, parents only pay for lunch. Each school determines the cost of meals and menus independently, on average, the amount is from 30 to 50 € per month. If a student is on a diet, for example, due to a food allergy, parents must be informed of the restrictions so that the child has a separate menu.

The choice of public school depends on the official residence of the parents or grandparents who will look after the student. If there is no one to take the child to school, you can apply for a free bus: it picks up children for lessons and takes them home at the end of the day. nine0003

Lessons in Portuguese schools last 90 minutes. Classes start at 9 am and end at 5 pm. There is a paid extension, it will cost an average of 40 € per month. The payment for lunches and additional stay at school is determined individually depending on the family income.

Teaching language. In public schools, classes are taught in Portuguese. You can choose a private international school that teaches in English or French. The most prestigious are the American International School of Carlucci and the British St. Julians, which are famous for their graduates and compete in a friendly way. nine0003

There are also Russian-language schools in Portugal, one of them is located in Lisbon, at the Russian Embassy.

Some foreigners choose boarding schools. Here the child studies and lives the whole school year.

St Julian's School in Carcavelos.

St Julian's School in Carcavelos.

Carlucci American International School in Lisbon.

Training program. Until the ninth grade, students study according to a single program, then they choose one of three areas: general education, art, technology. For students who plan to enter universities, a general education course is suitable. Art programs prepare for creative professions, such as photography or design. Technological courses are similar to Russian technical schools - applied professions are taught here. nine0003

End-of-study test. At the end of 11th grade, students in private and public schools take a test in two core subjects. After the 12th grade, a Portuguese language exam is held, the results of which are taken into account when entering a university.

Parents meetings are rare in Portugal. If necessary, the class teacher schedules an individual meeting with the family. If a child is stressed or is in a difficult situation, he can turn to a school psychologist. The student will be offered a free consultation at the request of the parents or at the initiative of the teacher. nine0003

Higher education in Portugal

Higher education in Portugal is obtained in institutes and universities. Polytechnic institutes produce practitioners, universities produce researchers and scientists. Graduates of institutes receive a licentiate or bachelor's degree. A master's degree is awarded only at the university.

Universities in Portugal: a selection of the best by region

Like schools, universities are divided into public and private. The Catholic University has a special autonomous status - the best university in Portugal according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020. One of its faculties - the Lisbon Catholic School of Business and Economics - tops the list of the most prestigious business schools in Portugal. The Financial Times annually marks it in the European ranking. nine0003 Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon.

Students study free of charge in state institutes and universities. Students are enrolled based on the results of school exams.

Each university sets its own requirements for the level of knowledge of applicants, disciplines for which entrance exams are held differ. Documents for admission are accepted until the end of spring, but it is better to check the information on the official website of a particular university.

University of Coimbra, founded in 1290 year, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Included in the list of top 500 universities in the world

Foreigners who have received a residence permit in Portugal can enter a university or institute for free on a general basis - after entrance exams and tests.

According to the laws of Portugal, free education can be obtained by:

  • citizens of an EU country;
  • applicants whose spouses or parents are citizens of the European Union;
  • foreigners who legally live in Portugal for more than two years. nine0012

We tell you in which regions of Portugal it is allowed to buy real estate for obtaining a residence permit, where you can buy it at a 20% discount and what the year of construction of the object affects

Foreign applicants without a residence permit in Portugal can enter the paid department.

Receipt. Every year, universities publish information on the number of places vacant for foreign students. For admission, you must provide a school certificate. If a student received a bachelor's degree at a Russian university, in addition to the diploma, an extract with a list of subjects that he studied and the number of academic hours will be required. Documents are confirmed with an apostille at the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, translated into Portuguese and certified at the consulate. nine0003

Educational process. In some universities, lectures and seminars are held in English, foreigners can learn Portuguese at the same time. In some universities, for admission, you must present a certificate of knowledge of the Portuguese language at the initial level B1.

Application for training is submitted electronically. In some universities, it is paid: for example, at the University of Lisbon it costs 60 €.

To apply, you need:

  • a completed application form; nine0012
  • copy of passport;
  • copy of high school diploma or bachelor's degree;
  • Portuguese and English language proficiency certificates at least level B1.

Some universities require a letter in which the applicant explains why he chose to study in Portugal and in this particular institution. In rare cases, they may conduct an interview via Skype.

The cost of higher education in Portugal

Higher education in Portugal is one of the most affordable in the European Union. A year of study will cost 2500-8000 €. For comparison: the average cost of studying at universities in the UK varies from 16,000 to 24,000 €. nine0143 – University of the Algarve
Universidade do Algarve €3000

It allows you to live in the country during your studies and six months after graduation. Students of Portuguese universities with a valid visa travel freely around the countries of the European Union.

Student visas are of two types:

  • D4 - for study programs for a year or more; nine0012
  • D5 - short-term visa for exchange students, summer internships.

A student visa is issued to foreigners who have received an official letter of admission to a polytechnic or university in Portugal. The letter indicates the name of the educational institution, the duration of study, the specialty that the student will receive. If a student has been allocated a place in a hostel, they additionally indicate the address of residence.

Second citizenship for children

An application for a student visa is submitted to the Consulate of Portugal at least two months before departure. To apply for a visa you will need:

  • original and copies of the international passport;
  • birth certificate and parental permission to leave the Russian Federation if the student is under 18;
  • photograph 3.5 by 4.5 cm;
  • bank statement or sponsorship letter from parents;
  • health insurance;
  • certificate or other educational documents with an apostille.

All documents must be translated into Portuguese and notarized.

Student visa is issued for 120 days. Then students extend it without leaving Portugal. nine0003

Living expenses in Portugal

Portugal ranks 25th in the European countries in terms of the Cost of Living Index. Prices here are several times lower than in neighboring Spain and other EU countries. The most expensive city in Portugal is Lisbon, but even here students can use social cards and rent accommodation in student dormitories. Especially for foreigners, the University of Lisbon calculated the cost of living.

Rental prices. nine0039 A room can be rented for an average of €350 per month, a small studio for €450-600. The rent does not include payments for electricity and water.

Foreigners can live in student dormitories, the monthly fee is lower than apartment rent. For example, 19 dormitories have been opened at the University of Lisbon. Many of them are located in the city center or near faculties. Dormitories have libraries, study rooms and Wi-Fi.

Universities annually reserve several rooms for international students. To get a place in a hostel, you must submit an application on the university website. nine0003

Food costs. The minimum amount per month is 225 €. Lunches in student canteens are cheaper than in the most democratic cafes in Portugal. For example, a full meal, which includes a bowl of soup, bread, drink, fruit or yogurt, in the canteen of the University of Lisbon will cost 4 €.

Transport. Public transport ticket costs 37 €. Ticket prices for museums range from 2 to 15 €, for a theater or opera - up to 75 €. You can go to the cinema for €7. nine0003

Entertainment. You can buy a ticket to a museum, theater and a concert at a discount using a youth card for schoolchildren and students. The cost of the card is 10 €, the validity period is 1 year. To apply for a card, you will need a photo and a passport. The card is issued in Ponto JA stores and Abreu Travel travel agencies.

The main advantage of studying in Portugal is the high level of training, the possibility of internships and employment in the European Union. Portuguese universities are included in the QS World University Ranking, which evaluates the quality of higher education around the world. nine0003

Studying in Portugal is an opportunity to get a diploma, which is quoted in Europe and other countries, with minimal tuition and living costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I enroll my child in a kindergarten, school or university in Portugal for free?

Children are admitted to public kindergartens and schools free of charge. Parents pay only for food and the extension. The child will be enrolled on a general basis if the parents received a residence permit in Portugal. We tell you how to get a residence permit for investment. Russian citizens who have legally lived in Portugal for more than two years can study for free at a Portuguese institute or university.

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