Being a student of higher education means paying a study fee per academic year. A distinction is made between the statutory tuition fee and the institutional tuition fee.
Statutory tuition fee
In 2018-2019 the statutory fee amounts to:
- € 2,060 for a full-time study programme
Legislative proposal halving tuition fees
The government has made a legislative proposal to halve the statutory tuition fee for the first year of an Associate degree or Bachelor degree programme. With regard to Teacher Training (primary and secondary education) the proposal is for the first two years. The discount is intended for students who will start their higher education studies in 2018-2019 for the first time. The exact details of the planned new legislation are not yet known. This is a proposal which the Dutch parliament must still approve. Please visit the special page of the central government (Rijksoverheid) website (only in Dutch) for more information. This page is kept up-to-date by the ministry.
Institutional tuition fee
Some students need to pay the institutional tuition fee. This includes students who already have a degree of higher education or academic study and students outside of EEA countries.
Addtional study costs
Cost of living
In addition to study costs, you need to consider the cost of living and insurances. If you are going to rent a room, then that will be your largest expense. If you are going to live on your own, then you need to take into account the following average costs per month in euro (source: Nibud Student research 2017):
- Room rent (average cost in The Netherlands): € 417
- Groceries: € 181
- Study books and other course material: € 58
- Transportation (in addition to public transportation (OV) card: € 63
- Relaxation, recreation and sports: € 146
- Clothes and shoes: € 47
- Health insurance: € 106
- Telephone: € 26
The amounts above are average for student expenses in The Netherlands.
Do you want more information about the costs of studying? Please check the website of Nibud (only in Dutch). You can also find more info on room rent and the necessary (student) insurances.
When you start a study programme, you may be eligible for study financing if you meet certain conditions. Study financing for higher education and university consists of four components: a loan, student travel product, supplementary grant and study fee credit. Any student can apply for the loan, travel product and study fee credit. The possibility of receiving a supplementary grant is dependent on parental income. You need to repay the loan after your studies. Only the student travel product and supplementary grant may be considered a ‘gift’. You need to receive your diploma within ten years after the first month of receiving study financing. For complete information on study financing you may check Directorate DUO, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.