On this page, we briefly explain the three main rates. There are many exceptions to the rates.
Statutory rate: EU/EEA nationality without a Dutch degree*
Institutional rate: Non-EU/EEA nationality or already Dutch degree*
Weighted fees: Pre-Master’s program
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 also above under 'weighted fees').
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.