Three kinds of rates
On this page, we briefly explain the three main rates. There are exceptions to the rates and some students are subject to transition rules. Check out the text of the Regulations and the official tables with the rates per program on the website.
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Why do different tuition fees exist and what are they based upon?
The Dutch Higher Education and Research Act (Wet op het Hoger Onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek) stipulates that a student enrolled in an initial graduate program has to pay either the statutory tuition fees or the institutional fees. Most students will pay the statutory fees set by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science.
Students who enroll in a second BA or MA program – having finished their first BA or MA program – and students from outside the European Economic Area have to pay the institutional tuition fees. These fees are set by the University’s Executive Board after consultation with the University Council.
In principle, Tilburg University’s institutional fees are based on the total costs for initial / first degree BA and MA programs. Marketing considerations may lead some programs to set a different fee. In addition, Schools can offer a waiver (discount) to potentially promising students. The institutional fees cannot be lower than the statutory fees. The income position of students is not taken into account when setting the institutional fees or waiver. There are various organizations and institutions that provide grants to students.
After obtaining their MA degree, students receive Tilburg University knowledge vouchers. These vouchers give graduates the right to take courses from the regular curriculum for free up to five years after graduation to a maximum of 12 EC.
Statutory rate (€ 1,984 in 2016-17)
Every year, the Minister of Education determines the tuition fees for full-time and part-time programs in higher education.
All students with EU/EEA
nationality are required to pay these fees, referred to as the statutory
fees. These fees applies to all institutes of higher education throughout
the Netherlands and is a one-off payment, regardless of the number of
programs or courses you take or the institution you take them at. This applies for as long as you do not yet have a Dutch degree.
The fees for non-EU/EEA nationals are determined by the institutes (universities) themselves. These fees are referred to as the institutional fees. If you pay the institutional fees, you will be required to pay this fees for each program you register for.
EU/EEA students also have to pay the institutional fees for a Bachelor’s program if as they already have a Dutch Bachelor’s diploma and for a Master’s program if they already have a Dutch Master’s diploma.
The rates may be different per program, especially if you are granted a waiver. Check out the different rates at the table of possible waivers.
The main institutional rates for the academic year 2015-16 are:
- Bachelor's program: € 8,000
- Master's program: € 13,000
The main institutional rates for the academic year 2016-17 are:
- Bachelor's program: € 8,300
- Master's program: € 14,000
Weighted fees for a pre-Master’s program
Pre-Master’s students are registered as Bachelor’s students, but they do not pay regular tuition fees but a weighted fee per course. The weighted fee for a 6-credit course is set at € 198 for 2016-17.
See the website for
detailed information about the weighted fee.
Students who are not citizens
of an EU/EEA country are put on a par with students of an EEA country, if they
meet the nationality requirements of the Dutch Student Finance Act 2000 (Wet studiefinanciering 2000).
Check if you meet the requirements in the nationality chart.
EU stands for European Union. EEA refers to the Treaty concerning the European Economic Area (Europese Economische Ruimte).
Countries belonging to
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, and Sweden.
Students with a Swiss or Surinam nationality are also put on a par with students from EU/EEA countries.