Tuition Fee Payment Plan
Since we welcome all types of students regardless of background, we realize that applicants come from a wide range of socio-economic circumstances as well. For that reason, we offer two different payments options for the yearly tuition fee. You can either pay the fee in one go at the start of the academic year, or you can pay the tuition in five instalments. You can indicate your preferred plan during the final step in your admissions process.
*Do note that non-EEA students have to pay the full first year tuition fee if you need a residence permit to study in the Netherlands, as you have to pay for the full first year before you start your residence permit application.
Student Loan System
As UCR is part of Utrecht University, students are automatically eligible for a student loan (studiefinanciering) as well as a studenten OV-kaart, just like any other Dutch student at another Dutch university.
You can find more information on the website of Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs .
Student Grant (for EU and EEA students only)
As an EEA student, you are allowed to hold a part-time job in the Netherlands. If you work more than 56 hours a month, you may be eligible for a student grant, paid monthly. Find more information here.
Tuition Fees Loan (for EU and EEA students only)
If you are not eligible for a Dutch student grant and you are a national of one of the countries which belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply for a loan or a contribution towards the payment of your tuition fees or course fees. Find more information here.
US Federal Student Loans (US citizens only)
Utrecht University and therefore UCR is certified for Federal Direct and Plus Loan. This means you can apply for a federal loan while studying at UCR or Utrecht University. You can find more information on Federal Direct Loans here.
An excellent way to find out whether you qualify for any additional grants or scholarships is Nuffic’s Grantfinder, which allows you to search for available grants and scholarships.
For an overview of all scholarship programs at Utrecht University, please check their website.
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The UCR Scholarship
For students who do not have the means to fully fund their studies, UCR has a number of partial scholarships available. For 2022-2023, some additional scholarships are available for students who intend to major in Engineering.
A UCR Scholarship is normally awarded for one academic year. After having received this Scholarship, you can apply for an interest-free loan from the Friends of UCR for your second and third year. Both of these forms of aid come with a set of conditions you have to meet if you want to apply for these funds.
Note that there are separate processes for applying to UCR and applying for a UCR Scholarship. Specifically, the application process for the UCR Scholarship only starts after you have been invited to start your studies at UCR. Applying for the Scholarship is further explained below.
If you apply for a scholarship, you need to make a strong case including evidence in order to be considered.
The total amount available for scholarships is limited; a typical amount for a scholarships is between € 2,500 and € 5,000 per year.
If you have indicated financial need during your application, you will receive an application form after you have been admitted at UCR. You need to clearly indicate the amount you have at your disposal, not including potential (i.e. unpredictable) income from summer or part-time jobs. If you hope to qualify for an Engineering scholarship, please indicate this in your application.
Once you have completed your financial application package, it will be passed on to members of the Scholarship Committee for a needs assessment after you have been admitted to study at UCR.
The final decisions will be made by the Scholarship Committee. Decisions will be needs-based with the intention of offering scholarships to as many applicants as possible, therefore you may not receive the full amount you requested.
The final decision will be communicated to you in a letter (separate from the admissions decision) from the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship letter will clearly indicate the terms of the scholarship, the amount awarded and how you will receive this. You need to return a signed copy of the scholarship letter to confirm that you accept the terms of the scholarship.
Students who start in the Spring semester and apply for this scholarship will only receive financial aid for half an academic year.