Dutch university fees for second degrees set to soar

Eight of the Netherlands’ 13 universities have published their fees for second degrees and all are increasing the amount students will have to pay, free newspaper Spits reports on Monday.

While most are increasing their fees by a few hundred euros, Erasmus University in Rotterdam is putting up the fee for students taking a second master’s degree in medicine from €16,000 to €20,000, Spits says.

The highest fee is €32,000 charged by Maastricht University for a second master’s degree in medicine.

Since 2010, universities have been able to charge higher fees for second degrees because they no longer get funding from the government.

Amsterdam’s VU university is bucking the trend and cutting fees for some second degrees from €9,000 to €5,500, Spits says.

Student union ISO told the paper universities should come clean about how they calculate their fees.

‘As a student you want to know if the fee covers the cost or if they are making a profit on you,’ spokesman Ruud Nauts told the paper. ‘Universities should be required by law to account for how they work out the fees.’

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