Education in the Netherlands is not free, but tuition fees are very reasonable. The annual fee for a degree programme at a Dutch higher education institution starts at approximately €1,951 (academic year 2015-2016) for students from the European Economic Area (EEA). The costs of programmes or courses for students coming from outside the EEA are generally higher (approx. €8,000 and up). Additional expenses, naturally, include housing and other everyday costs.