The Netherlands to half university tuition fees for first-time students!

Tuition fees to be halved in the first year

Finally, some good university and college news! The Senate has officially approved a bill which means that from the 2018-19 academic year, tuition fees will be halved for the first year. This will only apply if you’re a first-time student (so don’t go thinking that it’s time for a second degree 😉 ). Ready for some even better news? So far it looks as though this applies to international students (EU).

All that spare money will go to good use. 😉

So, how much will I pay? Instead of the usual €2.060, for the first year you will only pay €1.030. After the first year, you will pay the usual €2.060. If you’re looking into going into teacher training, your tuition fees will be halved the the first 2 years – even better! This is to encourage more people to go into teacher training, as there is currently a shortage of teachers throughout the Netherlands. This change means that tuition fees will now be more affordable, especially to students who have families on a low-income.


Apparently it’s not all as good as it seems. The National Student Union (LSVb) argue that due to the interest increase on student loans, students are still paying back much more that they realise. So it seems like a way of making it look better than it is.

What are you thoughts? Let us know in the comments! Oh, and while you’re here, don’t forget to join our DutchReview Facebook group. You know you wanna! 

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.


  1. “If you’re looking into going into teacher training, your tuition fees will be halved the the first 2 years – even better!” Does this apply only to students who are pursuing a degree for the first time as well? And only degrees that are taught in Dutch?


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