Dossier about the issue of the tuition fees in KU Leuven, by the Leuven Students Against Tuition Fees

This report summarises the problem of the increased tuition fees in KU Leuven, and explains why we are against them.

If you agree, we invite you to sign the massive letter (which will be delivered to the diverse authorities of the KU Leuven Association) in which we request them to stop the increased tuition fees: http://chng.it/z2NVBmwrQW

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The increased tuition fees at the KU Leuven Association in 2019

This is a list of the members of the KU Leuven Association, and the tuition fees that they charge to non-European students (non-EEA).

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Summary of the information about the increase of the tuition fees for non-EEA students provided by STURA in the survey of march-may 2019

The following is the text that was read by the students that filled the poll that STURA was doing (in march-may 2019 about the increase of the tuition fees). It can be considered as a summary of the facts that STURA has researched, and it might be useful as a reference for future discussions about the issue.

The poll was made in this page: http://www.sturakuleuven.be/en/tuition/

What Are These Raises Exactly?

In 2014 the Flemish government stipulated some changes regarding all tuition fees for the Flemish universities. Apart from the raises to €922,3 for all EEA-students, it was decided that no limit would exist on the fees for students from outside the European Economic Area. The legal reasoning behind this is that no taxes benefiting the EEA are being paid by these students.


The KU Leuven then introduced three categories of possible raised tuition fees, €1750, €3500 and €6000. From thereon, faculties could decide autonomously which tariff they installed for non-EEA students. Four years after the changes in the decree, 11 of 16 faculties have gradually raised at least one of their programmes. This has hence been a process over a longer period of time.

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Shedding Light on the Increase of Tuition Fees!

Originally published in http://www.veto.be/artikel/shedding-light-on-the-increase-of-tuition-fees

Almost overnight, school fees increased for some programmes from 922€ to 6,000€. The measures have been taken arbitrarily, varied between faculties, and given unique justifications for their measures.

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The STURA poll about the tuition fees in KU Leuven

STURA, the official representation of the students with the authorities of KU Leuven, is conducting a poll about the opinion of the students regarding the issue of the tuition fees. The poll can be found here:

It is relevant to notice that STURA has resisted to actually make any official statement about the issue for many months because they “ignore” the actual opinion of the students that they should defend, so they “need” the poll to justify any future action they take.

This is an idea that has slowed down extremely the protest against tuition fees for many months. However, finally they can get the data they ask for, so it is important to fill the poll.

However, as STURA is very considerate of neutrality, in the name of democracy, the poll has many questions that might seem strange and hence have been subject to criticism. Here we present you a detailed exposition -and some comments- of the questions in the poll, so you know what to expect.

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Increase the registration fee for non-EU students

This note was published in the French 5 March of 2015 right here: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/fr/2015/03/05/augmentation_du_droitdinscriptionpourlesetudiantsnon-europeens-1-2259684/

The fee payable by a non-EEA national student (European Economic Area) to obtain a master, in most Flemish universities, will increase from the academic year 2015-2016. The cabinet of the Flemish Minister of Education Hilde Crevits stressed that the decision to increase this fee returns in recent years the universities themselves.

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6000 Euro to study for a year, no thanks

Originally written in Dutch, and published on 20 november 2018 in https://www.comac-studenten.be/artikels/6000-euro-om-een-jaar-te-studeren-nee-bedankt

This academic year, KU Leuven has sharply increased tuition fees for foreign students. In front of 10 directions are increased funds for students from outside the European Economic Area (HONOUR) come. In front of 4 Masters is a boost for everyone.


Why the rise in tuition fees are unjust

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The discussion on the tuition fees at the assembly for international students of KU Leuven held on 29 October 2018

This article was written originally in English.

The past monday 29 of October of 2018, the student representation (“stura” or “studentenraad”) of KU Leuven organised an “assembly for international students” (“AFIS”), along with LOKO (the umbrella organisation of all students in Leuven) and Pangaea (the social centre for international students at KU Leuven). Around 30 international students were present at the event. The first half of the event, that lasted in total around 4 hours, was dedicated to listen the general concerns of the international students, and the second half was dedicated to discuss the problem of the rise of tuition fees for the students that are not citizens of the European Economic Area (in this article referred henceforth as “non-EEA students”, and commonly denominated as “non European students”). Continue reading The discussion on the tuition fees at the assembly for international students of KU Leuven held on 29 October 2018

Increased tuition fees at KU Leuven in 2018

Normal registration fees 2018-2019

https://www.kuleuven.be/studentenadministratie/inschrijvingen/en/fees/fees1819

Here is a complete list with all the tuition fees that got increased for the academic year 2018-2019. Continue reading Increased tuition fees at KU Leuven in 2018