Administration and Money Matters

Tuition fees

On this page, we briefly explain the three main rates. There are many exceptions to the rates.

Statutory rate: EU/EEA nationality and no Dutch degree

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 (€ 2,060 in 2018-19; € 2,083 in 2019-20).

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 where you take them. This applies for as long as you do not yet have a Dutch degree.

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Institutional rate: Non-EU/EEA nationality or already 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 these fees for each program in which you register.

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.

The main institutional rates are:

  • Bachelor's program: € 8,400 in 2017-18; € 8,500 in 2018-19
  • Master's program: € 14,500 in 2017-18 and in 2018-19

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Weighted fees: Pre-Master’s program

Pre-Master students follow a bridging program and do not pay tuition fees for this, but pay a weighted fee per course per academic year for the specific program determined by the Examination Board. The total amount therefore depends on the size of the program. If the program is not completed within one year, the student will pay a weighted fee for the remaining courses of the program (determined by the Examination Board) in the following academic year.

The weighted fee is a proportional part of the statutory fee (€ 206.00 for 6 ec). The maximum weighted fee for a pre-Master’s program is as much as the statutory fee: € 2,060 in 2018-19.

A student who is enrolled in a pre-Master’s program may not follow subjects other than those determined by the Examination Board. If you still want to take other courses, you have to register as a contract student and for that, you also pay a fee per course. In that case, you pay the same amount as the pre-Master for courses as a contract student, plus an administration fee of €49.

NOTE: In the event of early deregistration (before the end of the program), a pre-Master student will NOT receive a refund of (a part of) the weighted fee.

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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.

Students who enroll in a pre-Master’s program, pay a weighted fee, depending on the size of their program in credits. See more information

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.

Nationality check

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.

If you are entitled to student finance (DUO), you are allowed to pay the statutory fee.

If you are entitled to student finance, but won’t get it because you are older than 30 years, you still pay the statutory fee (unless you already have a diploma and register for a similar program).


EU stands for European Union. EEA refers to the Treaty concerning the European Economic Area (Europese Economische Ruimte). Countries belonging to the EU/EEA:

  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria
  • Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
  • Denmark, Estonia
  • Finland, France
  • Germany, Greece
  • Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy
  • Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania
  • Luxembourg, Malta
  • The Netherlands, Norway
  • Poland, Portugal, Rumania
  • Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Students with a Swiss or Surinam nationality are also put on a par with students from EU/EEA countries.

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The Student Desk helps you with any questions you may have regarding registration, terminating a registration and payment of tuition fees.