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Non-EEA students face tuition fees hike in 2008/09 study year

24 April 2008, 00:00

Students from outside the European Economic Area (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) studying in the Netherlands face a rise in tuition fees from the 2008-2009 academic year.

Students from outside the European Economic Area (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) studying in the Netherlands face a rise in tuition fees from the 2008-2009 academic year. The move will affect all non-EEA students following profession-oriented programmes (HBO).

Non-EEA students following academic study programmes (WO) are already paying the increased tuition fees. Full cost tuition For Dutch students, tuition fees are around €1,500 a year. After the last increase, the tuition fees paid by non-EEA nationals for profession-oriented programmes were already €3,500. Most higher education institutions in the Netherlands offering profession-oriented study programmes have said they intend to start charging the full cost of tuition, an amount that could top €7,000 a year according to the NRC Next newspaper.

Alternatives for the most talented students

The Netherlands has the ambition to strengthen its knowledge economy by attracting highly talented academics from overseas. Drastic increases in tuition fees for international students is not going to help the cause, of course. The problem will be solved by awarding ‘knowledge scholarships’. According to NRC Next, the first of these scholarships will be awarded in 2009, although this has not been officially confirmed. Also unclear is how many knowledge scholarships will be available.

Why the increase in tuition fees? The Dutch government has decided to stop directly subsidizing international students. The institutions offering profession-oriented programmes will receive the same level of funding, but will now be able to spend it as they wish. Many institutions have therefore decided to charge non-EEA students the full cost of tuition. NRC Next reports that many institutions are claiming that they have no choice. However, this is disputed by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science.

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