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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. If you stop your studies, any refunds will be made through the institution.

Types of tuition fees

There are 2 types of tuition fees: statutory and institutional.

Coronavirus: discount on tuition fees

Because of the coronavirus measures, you will get a discount of 50% on the statutory tuition fees for 2021-2022.

Statutory tuition fees

Most students pay statutory tuition fees, which are determined each year by the government. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the statutory tuition fees are €2,143. In the 2021-2022 academic year, they will be €1,084.

Students starting on a Bachelor’s or Associate degree programme for the 1st time in or after the 2018-2019 academic year, receive a 50% reduction on the statutory tuition fees during their 1st year of enrolment. For students in teacher training programmes, this reduction 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.

Which type of tuition fees do I pay?

If you meet the following 3 criteria, you’ll pay the statutory tuition fees:

  • You are enrolled in a government-funded programme 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 one of the following residence permits:

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.
Additional courses or 2nd degree

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. In 2020-2021, the maximum amount is €892.90. In 2021-2022, it will be €903.33.
I want to borrow more than the statutory tuition fees

You can only borrow a higher amount if you can prove that you’re paying higher tuition fees. Upload a document that shows how much tuition fees you pay with your request in Mijn DUO. If you provide no such document, we will send you a request to do so.

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.

Questions

If you have any questions about your tuition fees, please contact your educational institution.

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