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Second-degree tuition fees - Exceptions

Do you not meet the conditions for statutory tuition fees? Then you will pay institutional tuition fees.

There are 2 exceptions.

Exception 1

You started a second study programme of the same type of degree (Bachelor or Master) during your first study programme. You follow this second study programme without interruption, even after obtaining a degree for the first study programme.

Exception 2

You have obtained a Bachelor's or Master's degree and have started a study programme in the field of healthcare or education for the first time.

The following study programmes belong to the field of health care:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Movement Sciences
  • Medicine

Important information

  • This regulation concerns Bachelor's and Master's degrees obtained at a Dutch educational institution (HBO and WO). Foreign diplomas do not count in this regulation.
  • This regulation does not apply if the degree was awarded before 1 September 1991.
  • Bachelor's and Master's degrees are regarded as separate degrees. Are you going to follow a Master's degree after obtaining a Bachelor's degree? Then this is not considered a second degree. Only if you are going to follow a second Bachelor's degree after already obtaining a Bachelor's degree (or a second Master's degree after obtaining a Master's degree) do you fall under this regulation and pay the institutional tuition fees.
    • Please take note of any specialisations that fall under one Bachelor's or Master's programme. These have the same ISAT code (also known as programme number) and are therefore considered the same study programme. Have you obtained a degree, and do you want to continue with another specialisation? Then you will pay the institutional tuition fees for the following academic year. You can check whether this applies to your study programmes by looking them up in the CROHO register of DUO and comparing the ISAT codes.
  • For questions on this subject, we refer students to the information on this page, DUO and the Government of the Netherlands.

Frequently asked questions

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