Tuition fees & funding in the Netherlands

Higher education in the Netherlands is not for free, although it is heavily subsidised by the Dutch government in an attempt to make their higher education more affordable than the one of UK or US.

Tuition fees in the Netherlands

In general, Dutch universities and institutes offer a plethora of programmes that start at approximately 1.600 euros per year for EU / EEA students (younger than 30 years old). The amount of tuition fees may (slightly) vary depending on the type of programme as well as and the university, and it is (much) higher for non EU / EEA students. As expected, nearly all Master's programmes tend to be quite expensive too.

You can find the exact amount of tuition fees for the programme of your interest here.

Useful links on tuition fees

If are a foreign student, visit GrantFinder, the Dutch scholarship search engine.
› Find out if you are eligible for a scholarship here.
 Scholarships offered by European and Dutch organisations.
 For student loans check IB-Groep.

Funding & Scholarships

The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey provided by the Economist Intelligence Unit clearly demonstrates that the cost of living in the Netherlands is lower compared to other European countries.

Apart from scholarships in the Netherlands or in your home country, there are also:

› Loan tuition fees (maximum 1.500 euros annually, interest-free) 
- for EU / EEA or Switzerland citizens
- under 30 years old
- enrolled for a full-time course at a recognised institute
- have BSN as well as a bank account

› Study Grant (loan, grand and public transport pass) if you are:
- living in the Netherlands (not necessarily Dutch)
- under 30 years old
- enrolled for a full-time or (Dual HBO) course at a recognised institute

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