The new batch of students at University College, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this week, will have to pay a surcharge of 1,200 euros on top of their tuition fees as from this September. The total amount due is therefore almost 3,000 euros. However, this has not led to a drop in enrolments, on the contrary, there were more than ever: six hundred. After a selection process, two hundred remained.
Dean Harm Hospers suspects that the many enrolments are partly the result of the UCM's first place ranking in Keuzegids. “We provide excellent education, we are gaining recognition and we have a wonderful location.”
It is also remarkable that none of the two hundred first-year students applied for a waiver, of up to 1,200 euros. This can be granted if students can prove that the costs are prohibitive. Does this mean that the UCM is fishing from a pond of rich students? “I don’t think so,” says Hospers. “We have enough students here who have a tough time financially. Some work through the whole summer to earn money.”
The UCM is now the second cheapest college in the Netherlands. Hospers: “Amsterdam and Utrecht charge an additional 2,000 euros. The Rooseveldt Academy in Middelburg only 750.”
The surcharge serves three purposes. Firstly to fund facilities. “We need extra money to, for example, keep the building open in the evenings and to support students when they go abroad.” Secondly: to fund grants for students from outside the EU. “We are still largely a European College and want more students from other continents, with different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.” Thirdly: more money for study associations. “They have lots of ideas, such as making an excursion to the European Parliament, but such things are not possible at the moment.”