Tuition Fees in the Netherlands

It is difficult to offer British students any certainty about tuition fees in the Netherlands given the current state of Brexit negotiations (23rd April 2020). For students who start in September 2020 there is clarity in the sense that the fees they pay will not be increased to the full international level for the duration of their degree as long as there is no interruption to their studies. If you are already studying at a Dutch university this offers you certainty about the fees you will pay although post-Brexit your access to tuition fee loans might stop immediately.

Tuition fees for British students as things stand

Standard EU tuition fees in 2020/2021 will be €2,143 for most courses although these are currently halved for the first year of any degree.

There are some exceptions to the standard tuition fees and private universities will almost always be more expensive. However, these fees are correct for the majority of courses taught in English in the Netherlands. Fees are set by the government and every year they increase in line with inflation.

The University Colleges in the Netherlands charge higher tuition tuition fees. These are never more than double the standard tuition fee and in some cases are only slightly higher.

Tuition fee loans are available for the full amount of the tuition fee. EU students who are resident in the Netherlands throughout their studies are entitled to access Dutch tuition fee loans (see information on 'Collegegeldkrediet' on our loans and grants page).

These tuition fees are for all students with EU nationality, irrespective of where they currently live as the cost of education for EU citizens is subsidised by the Dutch government.

Most Dutch universities offer students two ways of paying fees. You can either pay the full fees up front or in 10 monthly instalments of around €200 each. This means that you don’t have to worry about having the full fees available at the beginning of your course and you will be eligible for a loan to pay your fees if required. In contrast to the United Kingdom, tuition fee loans are paid to the students who must then be responsible for paying the university.

Tuition fees for British students in possible Brexit scenarios

Assuming a hard Brexit, or any deal that excludes freedom of movement (ie. essential equal treatment of all people with EU nationality) tuition fees for British students at Dutch universities will increase. It is extremely likely that British students will have to pay full international fees. These range from around €8,000 a year for most degrees in business, arts and humanities, to around €11,000 for science subjects, €12,000 for liberal arts programmes and €32,000 a year for medicine. For most subjects this will be similar to UK tuition fees. However, it is important to mention that access to loans for tuition fees will stop when we leave.

The Dutch government has confirmed that any British national who is living in The Netherlands before the end of transition (currently 31st December 2020) will be eligible for the lower fees for the duration of their studies but from 1st January 2021 this will change. In the absence of any deal, the higher fees quoted about will apply for all future British students.

They might not be so generous if there are further extensions. It is highly likely that they would be but there is no obligation on the Dutch government to do this. It is largely a matter of pragmatism; changing fees midway through an academic year would be difficult. The only guarantee we can offer is that tuition fees cannot increase during transtion.

The Dutch definitely do not want to penalise British students but at some point Brexit is going to mean dealing with the consequences of Brexit.




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