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Committee: Economic and Social Council

Country: Netherlands
Delegate: Dima Alexandru, Vasile Alecsandri Highschool
Topic: Tuition fees

For many prospective international students, the most pressing issue to consider when
applying to a university is how much it will cost to study there. Although the advantages of
such an institution may seem endless, they are in fact of little value in comparison to its
payment. Tuition fees are charged by these educational institutions to assist with funding of
staff and faculty, course offerings, lab equipment, computer systems, libraries, and facility
upkeep. Yet, most students cannot benefit from these as they are constantly carrying a
burden placed by these high taxes.
As all around Europe, Dutch universities have implemented tuition fees for EU/EEA students,
regardless of their nationality. The annual tuition fees for a degree programme or course at a
Dutch higher education institution start at approximately 1,700 for EU undergraduates,
increasing every year in line with inflation. Tuition fees are even higher for those from
outside Europe, usually from approximately 5000 per year to up to 25000. Yet, The
Netherlands is one of the European countries in which all students pay fees, as mentioned in
a report published by the EU.
Therefore, in order to give them facing economic challenges the opportunity to study in wellrespected Dutch universities, a system of financial support has been implemented, under the
form of student grants or tuition fee loans. Also, most Dutch universities offer
undergraduates two ways of paying fees. You can either pay the full fees up front or in 10
monthly instalments. This means that every student will be eligible for a loan to pay their
fees if needed.
Nelson Mandela once said: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to
change the world. Although the Dutch government offered its students a number of
scholarships, grants and loans to help them efficiently pay their studies, many of the
undergraduates are incapable of doing so as it requires a great sum of money. At the
moment, there are still many citizens who do not have the chance to enrol into a university
because of the fees it involves and thus abandon the idea of acquiring further education.
Consequently, we believe that a way must be found to ensure that every student can afford
to go to university, by either eliminating the tuition fees or creating a new, more flexible
educational scheme. The latter would allow every undergraduate, irrespective of their
nationality, to study and live in the Dutch environment completely on their own, without any
kind of assistance. All in all, it is hoped that every nation will cooperate during this
conference to create a better system meant to facilitate the students from all around the
world.