Students take universities to court

A group of students will this week subpoena eight universities because of the increased fees being charged for a first master’s degree to cover the lack of subsidy for a second degree, says the Volkskrant.

Universities do not receive a subsidy for a second master’s degree and sometimes charge students thousands of euros more than the legal €1,713 tuition fee for a first master’s study in order to break even.
The students, united as the Collective Action Universities (SCAU), have repeatedly asked the universities for clarification but received no reply or an unsatisfactory answer.
The students’ lawyer wants a temporary suspension of the higher fees and uniform tuition fees for the duration of the case.