Administration and Money Matters

Tuition fees

Three kind of rates

On this page we explain the three main rates shortly. There are exceptions to the rates and some students have to deal with transition rules. See 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 fee or the institutional fee. Most students will pay the statutory fee 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 fee. This fee is set by the University’s Executive Board after having heard the University Council.

In principle Tilburg University’s institutional fee is 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 fee cannot be lower than the statutory fee. The income position of students is not taken into account when setting the institutional fee or waiver. There are various organizations and institutions which supply grants to students.

After obtaining their MA degree, students receive so-called Tilburg University knowledge vouchers. These vouchers give graduates the right to follow courses from the regular curriculum up to 5 years after graduation for free to a maximum of 12 EC.

Statutory rate (EURO 1,984 in 2016-17)

Each 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 this fee, referred to as the statutory fee. This fee 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 goes as long as you don't have a Dutch degree yet.

Institutional rate

The fees for non-EU/EEA nationals are determined by the institutes (universities) themselves. This is referred to as the institutional fee. If you pay the institutional fee, you will be required to pay this fee for each program you register.

Also EU/EEA students pay the institutional fee for a Bachelor’s program as soon as they have a Dutch Bachelor’s diploma and for a Master’s program as soon as they have a Dutch Master’s diploma.

The rates may be different per program, especially if you are granted a waiver. Check different rates at the table of possible waivers.

The main institutional rates for the academic year 2015-16 are for a:

  • Bachelor's program € 8,000
  • Master's program € 13,000

The main institutional rates for the academic year 2016-17 are for a:

  • Bachelor's program € 8,300
  • Master's program € 14,000

Weighted fee for a pre-master’s program

Pre-master’s students are registered as Bachelor’s students, but they do not pay tuition fees but a weighted fee per course. The weighted fee for a 6-credit course is €198 in 2016-17.

Look for detailed information about the weighted fee at the website


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 WSF2000 (Dutch Law study grants). Check if you meet the requirements at the nationality scheme.


EU means European Union. EEA means the treaty concerning the European Economic Area ("Europese Economische Ruimte");

Countries belonging to the EU/EEA:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Esthonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latnia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Slovenie, Slowakije, Spain and Sweden.

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