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The Dutch education system may be different from what you are used to. These resources can get you started in Dutch education for children and adults, free courses, and how to continue your studies in the Netherlands.

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Last updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Information about costs to follow education

Costs to follow education

Primary and secondary education are largely paid for by the government, but some school supplies, such as books, and field trips have to be paid for by parents. Vocational education (MBO & HBO) & university (WO) are often not completely paid for by the government. It is possible to get a loan from the government to pay for these education costs.

For lower-income families, educational institutions sometimes have a discount system or even a waiver of costs.

Costs of a hbo or WO education

Dutch universities and university colleges have lowered the tuition fees for the current academic year for refugee students from Ukraine. The amount that students now pay for a college year is €2.209, the legal minimum. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has not yet decided on financial support for the coming academic year. Furthermore, the government has not yet decided on what educational facilities will be provided for refugee students from Ukraine. Do you want to know more about your admissibility to a study programme or do you want more information about paying for your study programme? Please contact the educational institute where you want to study.


Studying is not cheap. That is why there are several scholarships you can apply for, in order to finance your studies. On the website of Study in Holland you will find a lot of them for different directions and schools. Please note that applying is often no guarantee that you will actually get a scholarship.