BM 65 – Resolution to keep the Dutch government from raising tuition fees for honours tracks
ESU calls upon the Dutch government not to persist with raising the tuition fees for honours tracks and excellent accredited study programs in higher education, as has been proposed. As an experiment, honours tracks are allowed to ask for two times the general amount of annual tuition fees for higher education by the year 2014. This means that students can be asked to pay tuition fees up to 3812 euros.
Study programmes that are endorsed as ‘excellent’ by the Dutch and Flemish accreditation organisations and also fulfil different criteria, are already allowed to demand that students pay up to five times the annual tuition fees. With these new proposals, the Dutch government dissimulates motivated and talented students and puts a heavy burden on them. Therefore, the accessibility of higher education will be further reduced. Fewer students will make the decision to sign up for excellent education. Student that still choose this kind of higher education will have to take huge loans to complete their studies and will end up with great debts.
Education is an investment in society and the Dutch government has to realise that it is important that every student has the possibility to be part of this investment. Students should have the freedom to choose the education which is in their interest and not be limited in their decision by financial barriers.