Requirements for paying the halving of the statutory tuition fee for first year Bachelor's

Conditions for the halving of the tuition fee for first year Bachelor students

You will receive a halving of the statutory tuition fee for your first year if:

Students meet all of the following conditions are entitled to a one year (12 consecutive months) halving of the statutory rate:
- students who meet all of the conditions for the statutory fee
- students who start at Dutch higher education for the first time in or after the 2018-2019 academic year
- student who are enrolled in a fulltime or parttime bachelor’s programme (Pre-masters excluded)

Conditions for halving the tuition fee in second year of initial teacher education
You will get a halving of the statutory tuition fee for a second year if:
Students who meet all of the following conditions are entitled to a two year halving of the statutory rate:
- students who meet all of the conditions for the statutory fee
- students who are entering Dutch higher education for the first time in or after the 2018-2019 academic year
- students enrolled for a teacher’s education. 

  • A student first qualifies for a second year halving of tuition fees in the academic year of 2021-2022
  • A student who attends a teacher’s education has the right to a maximum of a two year halving of tuition fees.  
    This means that when a student has a bachelor's degree in teacher’s education and has already been granted two years of
    halving in tuition fees, the student is not entitled for another year of halving of the tuition fees when attending a master teacher’s education.

For more information, frequently asked questions and the infographic, you can have a look at the website of the Dutch government.

Examples of halving of tuition fee

You are entitled to a 12 month (in the case of following a teacher education, 24 months) consecutive halving of the tuition fee. This means that when you quit your studies in the meantime there is a chance that when you resume the study or choose a new study, you have no right to continue the halving of tuition fees. In the examples below you can see when you do have the right to a halving of the tuition fee or when you lose your rights.  

  • Example 1: You have had a previous registration at a HO institution
    • You have had a registration at a HO institution before the academic year of 2018 (for example, per September 2016) 
    • This registration took up to a month, as you have de-enrolled yourself immediately
    • You do not have the right to a halving of the tuition fees as you already had a registration with a HO institution before the academic year of 2018-2019
  • Example 2: Consecutive Bachelor education

    · You start per February with a bachelor's degree at an educational institution and will continue studying until September
    · Per September you switch to another study (continuous), possibly even to another educational institution and the study continues througout the rest of the year
    · You then have the right to 12 months halving of tuition fees from February to January

  • Example 3: (Temporarily) quitting your Bachelor study

    · You start in September with a bachelor's degree at an educational institution
    · You quit your study within 3 months, as of 1 December, of the same academic year
    · You request for (re-)enrolment the following academic year, per September
    · You will be eligible for 3 months of the halving of the tuition fee, from September to November. The remaining 9 consecutive months you do not follow a study and you therefore have not used your right to the halving of tuition fees. You cannot take along these months to the new academic year, they will expire.

  • Example 4: Master teacher education

    · You start with a Master teacher education in September 2021-2022*
    · You will continue your study for untill the end
    · You have the right to the halving of tuition fees for 24 consecutive months 

  • Example 5: Transition to teacher education
    • You start per September with a bachelor's programme and finish it after 3 years
    • After your bachelor you start with a Master in teacher education
    • You have 12 months right to the halving of tuition fees during the bachelor's programme
    • When you start your Master teacher education you will be entitled to another 12 months of halving of the tuition fees. In total you will then be entitled to 24 months halving of the tuition fees
  • Example 6: Teacher education in addition to another education
    • You start by September 2021-2022* with a master teacher education and at the same time you follow another education
    • You have only 12 months right to the halving of tuition fees, you hereby lose your right to a second year of halving of tuition fees
  • Example 7: Temporarily quitting your master teacher education
    • You start in September 2021-2022 with a teacher education and quit your study on 1 February of the same academic year
    • In September of the next academic year you will continue your teacher education until you finish it
    • You are entitled to a total of 17 months of a halving of tuition fees, namely from September to January of the first academic year and during the period from September to August in the second academic year. The 7 months from February to August in the first year, when you have not followed a study and you did not use the right of the halving of tuition fees, you cannot take along to the next academic year

*You are entitled to the second year of the halving of the tuition fee when starting a Master teacher education per the academic year 2021-2022 as you are also only entitled to a halving of tuition fee when starting the prior Bachelor study per the academic year of 2018-2019. Starting the Master earlier means you have started the Bachelor before the academic year of 2018-2019, which does not entitle you to any halving of tuition fee.

Rates for halving of the statutory tuition fee

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