Determining the tuition fee rate
Dutch higher education and therefore Maastricht University (UM) has two types of tuition fees: the statutory tuition fees and the institutional tuition fees. The institutional tuition fees are generally higher than the statutory tuition fees. Whether you need to pay statutory tuition fees or institutional tuition fees, depends on:
- your nationality (whether or not you have the nationality of an EU/EER country, Switzerland or Suriname)
- and whether you have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch higher education institution.
Only students with a nationality of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland or Suriname, are eligible to pay the statutory tuition fee, because only they are eligible for funding of their studies by the Dutch government. Dutch students are eligible for study funding based on their Dutch citizenship, EU/EEA students based on their EU/EER membership. If you do not meet the nationality criterion then you will be required to pay the higher institutional tuition fee applicable to your programme.
Exceptions on the nationality criterion for students with a resident status
In case you do not meet the nationality criterion, you can sometimes still be eligible for the ‘statutory tuition fee’ or for the ‘institutional tuition fee to the amount of the statutory tuition fee’ based on your special residence status for the Netherlands. Contact the Student Services Centre if you satisfy one of the following conditions or will do so during the course of the academic year:
- You receive study funding from DUO (in the form of a supplementary grand, a regular loan and a student travel product) in the academic year concerned.
- You have a valid Dutch residence permit type ‘familielid EU/EER’, which means you are a family member of an EU/EEA citizen whom resides in the Netherlands.
- You hold a valid Dutch regular unlimited period residence permit (type II) or an asylum permit (type III or IV).
- You hold a valid Dutch regular limited period residence permit (type I) with one of the residency purposes referred to in "Article 3 Student Finance Decree".
You have a valid Dutch residence permit type ‘Article 50 TEU’ (Brexit) for the purpose of ‘Residence document withdrawal agreement Art. 18(1)’.
- You hold a valid Dutch Foreign Nationals Identity Document (W-document).
- You are a national of a non-EU/EEA country, but you have a specific residence permit for “long-term resident-EC” from an EU country other than the Netherlands, in combination with a valid temporary residence permit for the Netherlands (e.g. for study). Please note: a regular longterm residence permit from an EU country other than the Netherlands will not suffice. The specific residence permit for “long-term resident-EC” will only be provided by an EU country on request if you meet certain additional requirements.
Second bachelor's or master's degree
The tuition fee you will be required to pay does not only depend on your nationality. It also depends on whether this is your first or second higher education’s bachelor’s or master’s degree in the Netherlands. There is a difference between starting a second programme after you have completed your first degree and doing two programmes at the same time.
A second study programme after your first degree
In principle, the Dutch government subsidises for a maximum of one bachelor's and one master's programme per student. So, if you wish to start (or have already started) a second bachelor’s or master’s programme in the Netherlands after completing your first bachelor’s or master’s degree at a Dutch higher education institution, you will be required to pay the higher, institutional tuition fee. The exact amount of this fee depends on the study programme.
There are some exceptions. You will still be entitled to pay the lower statutory tuition fee for the second programme on bachelor's or master's level, if:
- your second Dutch bachelor’s programme is in the area of healthcare or education, and you have not yet obtained a bachelor’s degree in one of these two areas
- your second Dutch master’s programme is in the area of healthcare or education, and you have not yet obtained a master’s degree in one of these two areas.
You can find an overview of all study programmes in the Netherlands in the Central Register for Higher Education Programmes (CROHO) on the DUO website This list also indicates whether each programme falls into the category of healthcare, education or other.
Please note: the exceptions above do not apply to you if you, based on the nationality criterion, are required to pay the institutional tuition fee. In that case, you will pay the corresponding institutional tuition fees for each programme separately, if you follow more than one bachelor's or master's programme.
Two Dutch bachelor’s or master’s programmes simultaneously
you start a second bachelor’s programme although you have not graduated your first bachelor’s programme (for which you pay the statutory fee) and if, after graduation for your first bachelor’s programme, you stay registered for the other bachelor’s programme continuously without interruption thereafter;
you start a second master’s programme although you have not graduated your first master’s programme (for which you pay the statutory fee) and you stay registered for the other master’s programme continuously without interruption thereafter.
So, if you are enrolled in two bachelor’s or master’s programmes at the same time, the following rules apply:
- as long as you have not graduated from either programme, you simply pay one time the statutory tuition fee for both bachelor's or master's programmes for the relevant academic year;
after graduation for one of the programmes at the single statutory tuition fee rate, you stay entitled to pay the statutory fee for the other programme as long as you remain registered and continue your registration for this other programme in upcoming academic years without interruption.
Please note: the exceptions above do not apply to you in the following cases:
If you, based on the nationality criterion, are required to pay the institutional tuition fee: if you then follow more than one bachelor's or master's programme, you will pay the corresponding institutional tuition fee for each programme separately.
If you are following two tracks or specialisations within the same bachelor’s or master’s programme: once you have successfully completed all the exam components in one track, you will automatically graduate for your bachelor’s of master’s programme in that specific track or specialisation. You may then use the remaining period of that same academic year to pass the missing courses of the other track on a statutory tuition fee rate. However, should a re-enrolment for the following academic year be required to finish the other track or specialisation as well, you will then have to pay the institutional tuition fee for your re-enrolment. After all, you already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree.
To check whether your situation involves a bachelor’s or master’s programme or just a track/specialisation within such a programme, please consult the CROHO registry on the DUO website ; only bachelor’s and master’s programmes are listed, tracks and specialisations are not.