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Taking care of your finances is an important part of student life. There are tuition fees and (proof of) living expenses to consider.

Tuition fees

Arranging your tuition fees is an important part of your studies. On this page, you will find all the practical information about arranging your tuition fees and payment options.
How much tuition fees do I have to pay?

The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.

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Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between low insutional tuition fees and high institutional tuition fees.

Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the:

Tuition Fees Regulations 2024-2025

The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:

  • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
  • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
  • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

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How and when to pay your tuition fees
  • You pay your tuition fees via a digital (direct debit) authorisation, either all at once or in instalments (via Fontys).
  • On or around 15 May , you can fill in your payment details via Studielink.
  • After confirmation, the first direct debit will take place on or around 25 September.

More information about entering your payment details in Studielink can be found at info.studielink.nl/en. A lot of information can also be found in the Studielink Q&A - payment method section.

Student finance

You can check if you are eligible for student finance. Keep your study information up-to-date through 'Mijn Duo'.

What is student finance?

Student finance is financial support from the government for students in higher education. It consists of diferent components, such as:

  • Basic grant
  • Supplementary grant
  • Student travel product
  • Interest bearing loan
  • Tuition fees loan

You decide which components you apply for. It is advisable to always apply for the supplementary grant. You only have to do this once, and every year, DUO will calculate if you are entitled to it. For more information on student finance, click on the button below.

More information

Since December 1st, we have transitioned to continuous payment details in Studielink. This means that for your re-enrollment in May 2024, you only need to enter your payment details once in Studielink, and they will remain valid for the duration of your studies at Fontys (even if you switch to another programme). However, you can still update your payment details at any time. For this transition, it is necessary to re-enter your payment details once during this re-enrollment process.

NB: If you submitted a new enrollment request after December 1st, you're already using continuous payment details. You don't need to re-enter your payment information during re-enrollment

In Studielink, under the Payment tab, you will find the option to change your payment details.

For more information on changing your payment details through Studielink, see the corresponding step-by-step plan at info.studielink.nl/en or the Studielink Q&A.

If you are not yet 18 at the time you want to enter your payment details in Studielink, it is not possible to arrange a digital (direct debit) authorisation. This is because a digital (direct debit) authorisation is a contract with the bank and by law a person under the age of 18 may not enter into a contract with the bank. If this is the case, you have a number of other options for supplying your payment information.

1. Someone else pays your tuition fees

You indicate in Studielink that someone else is paying your tuition fees. See also the information under the heading Third party to pay Tuition Fees.

2a. Start September: You turn 18 between 15 May and 1 September

Will you be turning 18 between 15 May and 1 September? If so, wait to enter your payment information until after your 18th birthday. You can then arrange a digital (direct debit) authorisation without any problems and still be enrolled in time for the start of the academic year.

2b. Start February: You turn 18 before 1 February?
Will you be turning 18 before 1 February? If so, wait to enter your payment information until after your 18th birthday. You can then arrange a digital (direct debit) authorisation without any problems and still be enrolled in time for the start of the academic year.

3. Payment by payment agreement

If no one else can pay your tuition fees, you can pay yourself through a payment agreement by indicating in Studielink that your bank is not in a SEPA country. You must then transfer the full tuition fee amount to Fontys before the start of the study programme.

Living expenses

The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 1,100 and EUR 1,500 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 14.641 per year (€ 7.320 per semester)

Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

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Proof of living expenses (NON-EEA students)

Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 14,641 for the first year of the study before they start their studies. For exchange students the amount is € 7,320.
The student will receive a payment letter for tuition fees and visa costs through their study department. Only in the first year you have to pay the full sum in a single payment. As from the second year you can pay the tuition fee in installments.

Besides this, the IND requirements concerning the financial proof of living expenses are part of the visa procedure. The student can prove this amount through bank statements but the money can also be transferred to the Fontys bank account. The amount transferred to Fontys will be refunded in the first month of your stay to you newly opened Dutch bank account. Both possibilities will be given to the student during the visa application procedure.

Additional conditions for Bachelor a/o Master students of the following nationalities:

Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Students of these nationalities have to be aware they have to transfer the full refundable amount of the living expenses to the bank account of Fontys. Proof by financial documents you have access to this amount will not be accepted.