Plan to halve higher education tuition fees for first-year students from 2018/2019 academic year

The Dutch government wants to halve tuition fees for first-year students in higher education. Students taking initial teacher education courses would be eligible for the reduced fee for two years. If the plans are approved by parliament, the annual fees will amount to €1,030 in 2018/2019 instead of €2,060.

You may be eligible for the 50% reduced tuition fee if you are a national of:

  • an EU country
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein, or
  • Suriname.

You may also be eligible if you are the family member of an EU citizen living in the Netherlands or if you have a residence permit that entitles you to student finance.

Conditions for reduced tuition fee in first year

You will only have to pay half of the statutory tuition fee for your first year if:

  • you are entering Dutch higher education (university and university of applied sciences) for the first time in or after the 2018/2019 academic year;
  • you are enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate degree programme;
  • the statutory fee applies to you. This means you are a full-time, part-time or dual-course student at a public-funded Dutch higher education institution. Including students at, for example, the Open University and university colleges.

Conditions for reduced tuition fee in second year of initial teacher education

You will only have to pay half of the statutory tuition fee for a second year if:

  • you are entering Dutch higher education for the first time in or after the 2018/2019 academic year;
  • you are enrolled in initial teacher education at a Dutch higher education institution; and
  • the statutory fee is applicable to you.

Lower fee also applies to master’s degree in teaching

If you are starting a bachelor’s degree programme in 2018/2019, you will be eligible for the reduced tuition fee for a master’s degree in initial teacher education in or after 2021/2022.

Full tuition fee for other students

You will have to pay the full tuition fee if you:

  • were enrolled in a Dutch higher education institution before the 2018/2019 academic year;
  • are taking a master’s degree programme;
  • are paying the non-statutory fee set by your higher education institution;
  • are enrolled in a privately-funded higher education institution;
  • are participating in the demand-driven funding experiment (experiment vraagfinanciering).