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Payment possibilities

You must pay your tuition fees before the start date of your degree programme. There are several ways to pay your tuition fees.

When should I have paid the tuition fees?

Pay your tuition fees before the start date of your degree programme. For example:

  • Start date 1 September: we must have received your payment no later than 31 August*
  • Start date 1 February: we must have received your payment no later than 31 January*

Please note: an academic year runs from 1 September to 31 August. If you start on 1 September, you will pay (in the first instance) for twelve months. If you start on 1 February, you pay for the period February to September (seven months). If you continue with your programme on 1 September, you will then pay again from September to 31 August. If you deregister, yo may be entitled to a reimbursement of (part of) the tuition fee.

* For non-EU students, other deadlines may apply due to immigration.

What happens if I pay my tuition late?

As long as you have not paid your tuition fees you are not officially registered. This will have consequences for

  • your student grant from DUO,
  • student travel pass (DUO),
  • computer account,
  • access to the University Library,
  • access to other University facilities.

Bank based in SEPA country

Direct debit mandate for full or staggered payment

You can authorize the University to debit your account for the full amount (collected in the last week of September) or for staggered payment in five instalments. Please make sure that you have issued the authorization before the start of your study programme.

Staggered payment

The instalments will be collected in the last week of the months of September, November, January, March, and May.

Administration fee

If you pay in instalments, an administration fee of € 24 will be chared.

Different types of direct debit mandate

Digital authorization

With a digital authorization you give the University of Groningen permission via Studielink to collect the tuition fees from your bank account.

The Step-by-step plan (only in Dutch) for Digital (direct debit) mandate explains how you can issue a digital mandate via Studielink.

Digitaal Incasso Machtiging (form of direct debitmandate)

You can pay your tuition fees through a 'Digitaal Incasso Machtiging' (DIM). In this case, the direct debit mandate will be issued by yourself via your Dutch bank. At the moment not all banks are supporting this payment method.

The Roadmap Digitale (incasso)machtiging (only in Dutch) explains how you can issue a DIM via Studielink.

Conditions

At the bottom on this page you can find detailed information about issuing a direct debit mandate and the associated conditions. Please, read this carefully.

Tikkie

Do you have a Dutch bankaccount and are you paying your tuition fees via direct debit? Then it's possible to pay your tuition fees via Tikkie.

What is Tikkie?

Tikkie is a ABN AMRO app you can use to make a payment using iDEAL via SMS, for example. Go to the Tikkie website for more information.

You can pay using Tikkie if you satisfy the following conditions:

  • You have a Dutch bank account
  • You have a smartphone
  • The UG knows your Dutch mobile number
  • You have issued an authorization to pay in one time. (It is then possible to pay in advance with Tikkie.)
  • You have signed a direct debit mandate but the payment failed

How does Tikkie work?

  • You are sent an SMS with a payment link.
  • Click on the link and pay part or all of the tuition fees via the iDEAL environment.

Why would I want to pay via Tikkie?

Via Tikkie you can pay the tuition fees in a quick and simple way. This can be done prior to the new academic year or you can rectify a failed payment. This has the advantage that your UG account will not be blocked if you pay immediately.

However, you are not obliged to pay via Tikkie.

How to inform the UG of your mobile number

You can let the UG know your mobile number via Studielink.

Personal payment instruction (+ bank account number of the University)

You can pay the tuition fees (full amount) into the University account with a personal payment instruction sent to your bank. If you transfer the entire amount, be sure that it is on our account before 1 September. You can transfer the entire amount to account number NL84ABNA0425600904 of 'Rijksuniversiteit Groningen', stating ‘onderwijsgelden’. Also state your student number or your name, initials and date of birth.

If you transfer the amount from a foreign account in another currency, also state the University’s BIC or SWIFT code: ABNANL 2A. The address of the ABN AMRO Bank.N.V. is Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam.

Please make sure that additional costs are paid as well.

Original statement issued by an HBO/WO institution that tuition fees have already been paid

If you register for several programmes at the University of Groningen for the statutory tuition fees, you only have to pay the highest fee due. For example, if you are registered for a full-time and a part-time programme, you pay the fee for the full-time programme.

If you are registered at another university or a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands for the statutory tuition fees, and you enrol in the same academic year for a second Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme for statutory tuition fees at the University of Groningen, you will not have to pay tuition fees for the second degree programme, unless the amount you paid for the first enrolment is lower than the statutory tuition fees. In the latter case you will have to pay the difference.

If you meet the requirements, indicate in Studielink that you wish to pay with a Tuition fee payment receipt. Studielink will then exchange your digital proof of payment with the University of Groningen.

If your institute cannot yet exchange a digital receipt this will show up in Studielink. If so, you need to request the receipt directly from your institute. They will send this document directly to the University of Groningen.

Please note: A proof of registration at a different college or university is not valid for this purpose.
PIN payment by direct bank debit card or by credit card

PIN Payment by direct bank debit card
You can also pay your tuition fees with your direct debit card (pinpas). In order to pay by card in the Netherlands, your bank debit card must have one of the following logos: Maestro, PIN or V Pay. To do so, go to Student Information & Administration before 1 September. Ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account to make the payment.

PIN payment by credit card
If you are a non-EU student and you have to pay the higher university tuition fees you may also pay by credit card. This is only possible at the desk of Student Information & Administration or the cashier's office and only for the full amount. The administration fee for payment by credit card is €50 (per transaction).

Cash payment to the cashier

You can also pay your tuition fees in cash at the university cashier's office.

Please note, you can only pay using banknotes of 200 euros each or less.

Invoice

Your employer or somebody else can pay your tuition fees by

  • a direct debit payment or a personal payment instruction to their bank.
  • an invoice. Fill in the form Application invoice and the payer of your tuition fees will receive an invoice.

Questions?

Please contact the Student Information & Administration.

Bank not based in SEPA country

Personal payment instruction

You can pay the tuition fees (full amount) into the University account with a personal payment instruction sent to your bank. If you transfer the entire amount, be sure that it is on our account before 1 September. You can transfer the entire amount to account number NL84ABNA0425600904 of 'Rijksuniversiteit Groningen', stating ‘onderwijsgelden’. Also state your student number or your name, initials and date of birth.

If you transfer the amount from a foreign account in another currency, also state the University’s BIC or SWIFT code: ABNANL 2A. The address of the ABN AMRO Bank.N.V. is Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, 1082 PP Amsterdam.

Please make sure that additional costs are paid as well.

Pin payment by direct bank debit card or by credit card

PIN Payment by direct bank debit card
You can also pay your tuition fees with your direct debit card (pinpas). In order to pay by card in the Netherlands, your bank debit card must have one of the following logos: Maestro, PIN or V Pay. To do so, go to Student Information & Administration before 1 September. Ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account to make the payment.

PIN payment by credit card
If you are a non-EU student and you have to pay the higher university tuition fees you may also pay by credit card. This is only possible at the desk of Student Information & Administration or the cashier's office and only for the full amount. The administration fee for payment by credit card is €50 (per transaction).

Invoice

Your employer or somebody else can pay your tuition fees by

  • a direct debit payment or a personal payment instruction to their bank.
  • an invoice. Fill in the form Application invoice and the payer of your tuition fees will receive an invoice.

Questions?

Please contact the Student Information & Administration.

Additional information a direct debit mandate

Conditions for direct debit payment

Conditions for direct debit payment

  1. By signing a direct debit authorisation I declare that the tuition will be paid to the University of Groningen by means of an irrevocable mandate for direct debit (in full or in instalments).
  2. Cancelling a direct debit mandate does not release you from your payment obligations.
  3. You must use a European SEPA-proof bank account number (not a savings account). The account holder is not permitted to cancel the account before the last instalment has been paid.
  4. The account balance must be sufficient for the payments to be made by the due date.
  5. The direct debit dates are mentioned at the payment method you selected. Prior to the execution of each direct debit, we will send you a message in which you will be informed about the exact date of the collection of the tuition fees.
  6. By signing the direct debit authorisation, you are undertaking a payment for the tuition fees/compensation due. This obligation is irreversible. If you are not the account holder, you must grant permission to the account-holder to pay the tuition fees/compensation in your behalf. You remain the person responsible for fulfilling the payment obligations.
  7. If changes need to be made to your registration that may influence the level of your tuition fees/compensation, signing the authorisation gives automatic approval for the internal collection of the new tuition fees/compensation. You will receive notification by mail in the event that the amount increases.
  8. If the account holder does not agree with the debit, the payment can be reversed. To do so, contact your bank within 8 weeks. Your bank can inform you of the conditions. You can also contact the Student Information & Administration.
    Please note that a reversal of the payment does not relieve you from your payment obligation.

Consequences of failure to pay tuition fees

  1. If a direct debit mandate has been set up for the payment of tuition fees/compensation and the full amount or an instalment cannot be debited, a term shall be set within which that amount or instalment must be paid.
  2. If there are not enough funds to cover an amount, the student will be excluded from the university IT facilities.
  3. If an amount cannot be collected and the student has not paid within the term stated in article 1, the remaining tuition fees/compensation will fall due.
  4. Payments of tuition fees/compensation shall be credited to the longest outstanding instalment.
  5. All collection charges shall be borne by the student.
  6. If the full amount or one or more instalments are paid late during an academic year, the Board of the University may decide to deny the student in question the right for direct debit payment next academic year.
  7. If the tuition fees/compensation or part thereof have not been paid by the end of the academic year (31 August), the student in question will not be able to register for the subsequent academic year until the outstanding amount (including any bailiff's fees) have been paid and the full tuition fees/compensation for the next academic year have been paid in one instalment.
  8. If the payment obligation cannot be met, then it is possible for registration at the University of Groningen to be terminated in line with the provisions of Article 24.2 of the 'Regulations for Registration and Tuition Fee'.

Termination of enrolment (not applicable for compensation)

If your enrolment ends during the academic year (e.g. if you graduate) and you apply for a refund of the tuition fees, please note the following: the administrative procedure will take at least two months. If you pay in instalments, this may mean that at least 1 more instalment will be debited to your account. Of course this amount will be included in the final refund.

Make a photocopy of the form

Please consult the Regulations for Registration and Tuition Fees for the regulations in full.

Consequences insufficient bank balance

The University of Groningen sends out reminder e-mails before each payment due date so that you can make sure you have sufficient funds in your account. The following will happen in the event that your bank balance is not sufficient on a payment due date:

Blocked payment

You bank will block the payment so that the University of Gronigen cannot collect your tuition fee instalment via direct debit.

Tikkie provides an extra payment alternative

If you have a Dutch bank account and the UG knows your mobile phone number you will be sent an SMS with a payment link (Tikkie). You can use this link to pay part or all of your tuition fees. If you do so immediately, your UG account will not be blocked.

Blocked UG account

As soon as the UG is informed by the bank that the instalment cannot be transferred, it will send you a letter telling you:

  • that your RUG account will be locked.
    This means you will no longer have access to Nestor and the e-mail facilities, the library and registration and participation in examinations. Your RUG account will be unlocked within a day of your payment being received.
  • you can pay your tuition fees in the following ways:
    • By PIN at the Student Information & Administration.
    • In cash or by PIN at the university cashier's office.
    • By bank transfer to the UG bank account: NL84ABNA0425600904.

      N.B. if you use this option, your RUG account will not be unblocked until the UG has received confirmation of your payment. This can take up to ten days in extreme cases.
Debet-collection agency

If after the deadline you have still not paid, you will again receive a letter from the University of Groningen notifying you that you have been officially declared in default. You will then be given one last chance to pay before a certain date. If you do not pay by this date, the matter will be handed to a debt-collection agency, which means you will have to pay your tuition fees in one instalment, plus the costs of the debt-collection agency, which are rather high. And next year you are not allowed to pay by direct debit.

Other causes for blocked payment

Sometimes the University of Groningen cannot debit the funds despite there being sufficient balance in your bank account. This may be for the following reasons:

  • The bank has blocked your account.
  • The name and the account number do not match.
  • The bank account number you provided is incorrect.

Consequences deregistration

What will happen if my enrolment ends during the academic year?

If your enrolment ends during the academic year (e.g. if you graduate), the University of Groningen automatically will look if you are entitled to reimbursement of tuition fees. If so, you will receive an e-mail.

Please note the following: the administrative procedure will take at least two months. If you pay in instalments, this may mean that at least 1 more instalment will be debited to your account. Of courses this amount will be included in the final refund.

More information?

University of Groningen Regulations for Registration and Tuition fees

The 'University of Groningen Regulations for Registration and Tuition Fees' set out the (legal) conditions for registration and tuition fees at the University of Groningen. The regulations are based on the Higher Eduction and Research Act ('Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek; WHW) and replace the 'University of Groningen Implementation Regulations'.

Questions? Please contact Student Information & Administration

Need more information? Please contact the Student Information & Administration

FAQ enrollment and tuition fees

Go to the FAQ enrollment and tuition fees page for an overview of frequently asked questions about registration and tuition fees.


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