(Original post by whooshpaddy)
Yes, you can get financial help. And as the fees are less than £1,500 a year, to work to pay them, or a loan from parents wouldn't be such a big deal.
You can get a loan to pay your tuition fees from the dutch government which you don't need to start paying back until two years after you finish your education, but again, as this will be a loan of £4500, plus interest, not 50k+ that I would come away with from studying in the UK.
If you work 32 hours a month, so two 4 hour shifts a week, not only do you get the wage (which in reality will probably be something like 140 euros a month at minimum wage, i'm sure waitressing inc tips would be higher), but you get a grant (yes, you don't repay it) of 266 euros a month. So this is an income of ~400 euros a month, doing the bare minimum. Double the amount of paid work, or get a higher paid job and you're practically covering all of your expenses, and with the tuition paid by the loan, you're doing pretty well for yourself.
The average costs of living per month whilst studying at Maastricht that are on the MU website:
Rent (including gas, water, leccy): 350 euros
Groceries: 180 euros
Books&Materials: 35 euros
Insurances: 98 euros
Clothing & personal care: 90 euros
Lesiure expenses: 100 euros
So a total cost of ~850 euros a month. Although on other websites, the quote the figure as between 600 and 1000 euros a month, so I guess that is a good average above.
Tuition fees cost really 130 euros a month, so if you didn't have a loan for that, and were being careful with money, you would need to find around 750 euros a month to live on, and pay for your studies. With the grant paid to you, you would need to earn ~480 euros, or have that from savings. So basing this on the fact that you will be in Maastricht for 10 months of the year living, and only paying for the rent while you are not there, not the other things, so this is ~8,000 euros a year, including tuition. With a tuition loan, and being careful with spending, this is ~7,000 euros a year. Considering if I was in the UK and getting the lowest maintenance loan and full fees loan, I would still have to find 4k a year somewhere to live, and that is living without many luxuries.
So that is about £5,500 a year, with the tuition fee loan. This means living abroad is going to cost me £1,500 a year more than in the UK in the short term, but with the problem based learning that really appeals to me, and the opportunity to learn new languages and live in such a beautiful and accessible place, I think it is worth it. There are also scholarships available, and I am planning on coming out with almost no debt personally, and with the experience of living in Europe.
Also, I am planning on contacting the slc to see whether I am eligible for a maintenance grant when studying abroad, or if I am eligible for any help financially. You can put a thousand or two in the bank over one summer, so I don't think that going to Maastricht is going to be a problem for me financially at all.
Personally, I think I am going to pay the first year's fees of £1,500 up front and then when I am out there worry about grants and loans - mostly because I will need an address to open a current account to receive the loan into.