Determining the tuition fee rate
Maastricht University (UM) has a statutory tuition fee and an institutional tuitional fee. The 'subsidised' statutory tuition fee is lower than the institutional tuition fee. The criteria to determine whether you will be subsidised include:
- your nationality
- and whether you have already obtained a degree from a Dutch higher education institution.
First criterion is your nationality. If you are a national of an EU/EEA member state, Switzerland or Suriname, you may be eligible to pay the statutory tuition fee. 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 for students with a resident status
In case you do not meet the nationality criterion, you can still be eligible for the statutory tuition fee or an institutional rate that is the same size as the statutory tuition fee in a number of cases. Contact the Student Services Centre if you satisfy one of the following conditions or satisfy this during the course of the academic year.
- You receive study funding from DUO in the academic year 2019-2020.
- You have a 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 regular unlimited period residence permit (type II) or an asylum permit (type III or IV).
- You hold a regular limited period residence permit (type I) with one of the residency purposes referred to in "Article 3 Student Finance Decree" .
You hold a valid 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 and a temporary residence permit for The Netherlands (e.g. for study).
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 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
If you wish to start (or have already started) a second bachelor’s or master’s programme in the Netherlands after completing your first 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 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 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 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 are required to pay the institutional tuition fee. If you follow more than one bachelor's or master's programme, you will pay the corresponding institutional tuition fee for each programme.
The tuition fee you will be required to pay does not only depend on whether this is your first or second bachelor’s or master’s programme. Your nationality also plays a role. If you do not meet the nationality requirement, or will cease to meet this requirement in the course of the academic year, you will be charged the institutional tuition fee.
Two Dutch bachelor’s or master’s programmes simultaneously
- you started the second bachelor’s programme during the first programme (for which you paid the statutory fee) and you have been registered for the other programme continuously without interruption.
- you started the second master’s programme during the first programme (for which you paid the statutory fee) and you have been registered for the other programme continuously without interruption.
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 statutory tuition fee for both bachelor's or master's programmes for the relevant academic year.
- after completing the first programme at the statutory tuition fee rate, you are entitled to pay the statutory fee for the second programme as long as you remain registered for this programme without interruption.
NB: Are you following two tracks or specialisations within the same bachelor’s or master’s programme? In that case the exceptions listed above do not apply. Once you have successfully completed all the exam components in one track, you may use the remainder of that same academic year to pass the courses of the other track based on the statutory tuition fee rate. However, should a re-enrollment for the following academic year be required, you will have to pay the high institutional tuition fee. After all, you already have a bachelor's or master's degree in your pocket.
To check whether your situation involves a track or specialisation, please consult the CROHO registry on the DUO website; tracks and specialisations are not listed separately.
Contact Student Services Centre
Student Services Centre (SSC)
6211 KL Maastricht
Due to COVID19, you can currently only visit the SSC by appointment.
Student Services Centre (SSC)
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht