2 types of tuition fees
Are you enrolling at university or HBO (higher professional education)? Then you’ll be charged tuition fees. You need to pay these to the university or HBO institution. There are 2 types of tuition fees: statutory and institutional.
Statutory tuition fees
Most students pay statutory tuition fees, which are determined each year by the government. In the 2022-2023 academic year, the statutory tuition fees are €2,209.
Students starting on a Bachelor’s or Associate degree programme for the 1st time in or after the 2018-2019 academic year, pay half of the statutory tuition fees during their 1st year of enrolment. For students in teacher training programmes, this reduction even applies for 2 years. For further information, see government.nl Link opent externe pagina .
Institutional tuition fees
Some HBO institutions and universities, for instance private institutions, determine their own tuition fees. Students enrolled at these institutions pay the institutional tuition fees. These tend to be higher than the statutory tuition fees.
If you meet the following 3 criteria, you’ll pay the statutory tuition fees:
- You are enrolled in a at HBO or university.
- At the start of the academic year, you hold no comparable degree from a government-funded programme. That is: no Bachelor’s degree if enrolling in a Bachelor’s programme, no Master’s degree if enrolling in a Master’s programme.
- You have the Dutch nationality or are a national of another EU/EEA country Link opent externe pagina , Switzerland or Suriname. Or you hold 1 of the following Dutch residence permits:
- type 'EU/EER'
- type 'familielid EU/EER'.
- type 'Article 50 EU'
- British national with a residence permit 28, 29, 40 or 30 (the latter temporarily until October 1, 2021)
- type II, III, IV of V
- type I stating 'Europese Blauwe Kaart'
- type I stating 'Wetenschappelijk onderzoek volgens richtlijn 2005/71/EG' or 'Wetenschappelijk onderzoek volgens richtlijn 2016/801/EG'
- type I which entitles you to student finance.
- type 'EU/EER'
If you do not meet all of the above criteria for paying the statutory tuition fees, you will be charged the institutional tuition fees. Exceptions apply in 2 cases:
- You already hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree but are enrolling in a degree programme in a healthcare or education field for the 1st time. Your institution can tell you if the programme qualifies.
- You started a 2nd degree programme while still enrolled in the 1st, and are pursuing this 2nd programme without interruption.
As a Bachelor’s or Master’s student, you’re free to take courses in degree programmes outside your own or to pursue a full 2nd degree at the same time. Provided you hold no degree yet, you will only be charged the statutory tuition fees for your 1st Bachelor’s or Master’s enrolment.
Tuition fees loan
Are you receiving student finance? Then you can take out an additional loan to cover your tuition fees, called a tuition fee loan (‘collegegeldkrediet’). The loan amount depends on the type of tuition fees you pay.
- Are you paying the statutory tuition fees? Then you can borrow 1/12 of the total tuition fees per month.
- Are you paying more than the statutory tuition fees? Then you can borrow a higher amount per month, depending on the amount of your institutional tuition fees. You can never borrow more than 5 times the statutory tuition fees. In 2022-2023, the maximum is €920.42.
Do you want to take out a loan for your institutional tuition fees? Then you have to prove that you’re paying higher tuition fees. With your request in Mijn DUO, you have to upload a document that shows how much tuition fees you pay.
If you don't have such document yet, we will send you a request for it.
Lifelong learning credit
If you do not qualify for student finance, you may still be eligible for lifelong learning credit. This is another type of loan to cover tuition fees.
Refund tuition fees
If you stop your studies, any refunds will be made through the institution.
If you have any questions about your tuition fees, please contact your educational institution.