The Dutch education ministry will cut its budget for non-European students.

Universities receive compensation for these students, a so-called ‘lump sum’, which will be reduced to thirty million euro from fifty million euro as of next year. However, universities should not stop issuing study grants to students from developing countries, an education ministry spokesperson says.

The universities are allowed to increase tuition fees for students from outside the European Economic Area, which some already do and that is bad news for these students.

It is expected that some universities will run into problems as well. Especially some of the arts programmes may attract fewer international students if tuition fees go up. A budgetary gap will then remain. The EEA includes all EU countries and Norway and Iceland. Transfer