Higher education students including those in a higher vocational program will only pay half of their tuition fees for the coming academic year, the caretaker Dutch Cabinet announced on Wednesday. The initiative is part of an 9.2 billion euro education support package that includes increased funding for the university and hogeschool system to cope with an expected increase in students next academic year, and more money for primary and secondary schools to provide more support to their student body.
The government hopes that the bulk of the funding, 8.5 billion euros, will allow the country's education system to recover and develop stronger amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Education ministers Ingrid van Engelshoven and Arie Slob said the plan will also create a safety net for students and staff who are struggling.
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