There are various options for admitting new students, and depend upon each applicant's educational background. Applicants from Spanish schools may be admitted by taking the university entrance examination (Selectividad), in addition to being admitted as new students by passing a different exam, the contents of which differ depending upon their age, whether they are over 25, 40, or 45. For these older interested candidates, the UMH, in addition to offering entrance examinations for individuals within these age ranges, offers introductory and preparatory courses for interested applicants that provide the basic training necessary to gain university admission. These courses are called PAU 25, PAU 40, and PAU 45, and directed at interested individuals with the corresponding ages yet without high school diplomas who yearn to take an examination that can grant them university admission. These courses prepare these students to take these unique admissions examinations, and provide guidance and study materials.
Other admissions options also exist, such as the Visiting Student; this is for current university students and Spanish and foreign university graduates alike, who, subsequent to being granted the corresponding authorization, receive training at any university unit. Being admitted this way does not mean that the UMH will academically recognize the previous education of these students, nor the training received here at this university. Such training will serve solely for its educational merits. In exceptional cases, this option is also available to applicants without any university background if they demonstrate, with the appropriate justification, to possess a sufficient level of knowledge in the specific area where they seek to enroll.
The Miguel Hernández University of Elche has implemented a special tuition aid plan for undergraduate and master's students. This plan has two objectives: first, to offer financial aid to students who want to enroll at this university; and second, to enhance academic performance in students.