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An inevitable part of your study are study costs. On this page you will find all information regarding fees, payment and more.

Tuition fees

There are two types of fees: the statutory and institution tuition fee. The government determines the amount of the statutory tuition fee annually. Based on this fee, HKU determines the institution tuition fees.

Depending on your situation, you pay statutory or institution tuition fee. The department for Academic and Student Affairs shall establish which rate applies to you based on available information.

The statutory tuition fee for 2019-2020 is set at € 2.083.

As of academic year 2018-2019 the Dutch government is halving the statutory tuition fee for first-year students in higher education (bachelor or associate degree) who meet all the conditions. Students taking teacher training courses are eligible for the reduced fee for two years.

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Payment of tuition

To pay your tuition fee you have to arrange a digital payment authorisation in Studielink. You can authorise for payment at once or in five instalments. When you pay in instalments, 24 euro administration costs will be charged at the first instalment.

NB: For non EEA students who need to apply for a residence permit it is not possible to pay in instalments during their first enrolment at HKU. (more information on finances for non EEA student, please go to:

Only if you have a Dutch bank account or a bank account in another SEPA country you can pay your tuition through a digital payment authorisation in Studielink. If you have a bank account in another country, please contact the Service Desk Student Affairs.

Read more about digital payment authorisation.

Payment schedule

When you choose to pay in one instalment, the amount will be deducted around 25 September. When you choose to pay in five instalments, the instalments will be deducted around the following dates:

Two enrolments in higher education

Enrolment at another institute besides HKU

If you are going to study at another institute for higher education besides your study at HKU and you are obliged to pay the statutory tuition fee at both institutes, it is possible to get an exemption from the obligation to pay tuition at the other institute. To arrange this, you will need a Proof of Payment from HKU.

You can apply for a Proof of Payment through Please mention the name of the other institute you are going to study at. A Proof of Payment can only be provided when you are completely enrolled at HKU.

Course at HKU is your second study

If you pay statutory tuition fee at another institute for higher education and the course you follow at HKU is your second study, you can get an exemption to pay tuition fee at HKU. Be aware, HKU accepts a Proof of Payment from other institutes until 1 September only. HKU needs an original proof, no copy or digital version.

Read more in the Enrolment regulations (article 7).

Extra costs

Study Materials

The amount you will need to spend for study materials depends on the course you are attending.

Costs of living

The costs of living in The Netherlands can vary greatly based on personal choices. For an indication of these costs, go to extra costs.

Partially enrolled students

As a partially enrolled student you pay exam fees. This is the institution tuition fee tariff 1 and is non-refundable. For academic year 2019-2020 this fee will be € 2.083.

Why are institution tuition fees higher than the statutory tuition?

HKU receives no government funding for students who pay institution tuition fees. To offset this, HKU included in the institution tuition fee the amount of funding that we would receive otherwise. This amount is indexed once every 3 years.

Student financing

Fulltime bachelor and most master students could be eligible for student financing if they have the nationality of one of the countries of the European Union or the European Economic Area.

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