MAASTRICHT. The tuition fee for the Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) is going to increase considerably. From the next academic year, it will go from 2,143 euro (the statutory amount) to 3,545 euro per year.
With this, MSP's tuition fee will be just as high as the University College Maastricht (UCM), another Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE). UCM is legally allowed to deviate from the standard because it has the ‘special characteristic of small-scale and intensive education’. The Science Programme was also awarded this characteristic by the ministry of Education, Culture and Science last September.
“In the past, it was calculated that 3,545 euro would be cost-effective for the small-scale education system that UCM offers,” said FSE dean Thomas Cleij during a committee meeting of the University Council. “As we don't want to have all kinds of different rates, we have chosen to bring the tuition fees for MSP to the same level as UCM.” The new rate, by the way, only applies to students who start the MSP in 2020; students who are already studying there will pay the lower tuition fees.
Why has the increase been introduced now, one of the students from the University Council asked? Cleij: “The first reason is that we have now been allocated the small-scale characteristic and the second reason is that MSP was once started with a subsidy from the province of Limburg; this subsidy period is slowly coming to an end. In order to keep the programme cost-effective, we need to change the education system, take money from other programmes or simply charge higher tuition fees.” The latter will now happen.