If you are enrolled at the HU University, you need to pay tuition fees, even if you’re only doing a work placement or internship. The payment of tuition fees is arranged through Studielink.
Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees
There are two types of tuition fees: statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Depending on your situation, you will pay one or the other type of fees. The statutory tuition fees, commonly known as legal tuition fees, are determined by the government and are the same at every Dutch educational institute. The institutional tuition fees are determined by each university itself. The amount of the institutional tuition fees is considerably higher than the legal tuition fees because HU does not receive any funding from the government for the students who may not be charged the legal tuition fees rate. In order to compensate, HU passes on the difference through the institutional tuition fees. Furthermore, the tuition fees are also raised annually on the basis of the Consumer Price Index of all the households in the Netherlands.
Which tuition fee applies to me?
Whether you will have to pay the legal or institutional tuition fees depends on, among other things, the type of course that you choose (full-time, part-time, work-study), your nationality and any degrees that you might have already obtained. Read more about the nationality principle and the degree principle. You can use the tuition fee calculator to find out which tuition fees rate applies to you. This rate is also shown in Studielink.
Change of tuition fee rate
It may be that the rate changes according to new information received from the DUO agency after you have authorised the payment. This may happen, for instance, if you obtained Dutch nationality after your application in Studielink. You are then entitled to be charged the legal tuition fees. It could also be that you will receive a diploma from another higher education provider in August (this information will not reach us until October), so that we are obliged to charge you the institutional tuition fees rather than the legal fees.
If you have any questions about the tuition fee rate that applies to you, please contact us.
There are possibilities to apply for study cost allowance, such as the teacher’s grant, teachers' allowance or an additional performance-linked grant. As of September 2017, Lifelong Learning Loans (in Dutch only) are also available to those students who are enrolled in a recognised degree programme, but who are not entitled to apply for a student grant.
For questions about these schemes and eligibility, please visit DUO Agency’s website. For information on tax deduction of the study costs, please visit www.belastingdienst.nl.