Applying for student finance
Are you under 30 and registered in full-time or dual education? Then you can apply for student finance, if you meet the nationality requirements. If you fail to meet the nationality requirements, you may qualify for a limited funding towards payment of your tuition fees.
Make sure you apply in good time, preferably 3 months in advance.
Citizen service number
In order to apply for student finance, you must have a citizen service number, in Dutch the ‘burgerservicenummer’ or ‘BSN’. You automatically receive one when you register with a Dutch municipality.
What do you have to do?
- Request a DigiD with SMS verification. With a DigiD you can access online services offered by the Dutch government. You will receive an activation code within 5 days of your request.
- Apply for a personal OV-chipkaart. When you are entitled to student finance, you are allowed to use public transport for free. The student travel product can only be loaded on a personal OV-chipkaart.
- Log in to Mijn DUO to apply for student finance. You can only log in with your DigiD. If you cannot use DigiD, apply for student finance using the form Aanvraag studiefinanciering hoger onderwijs voor opleidingen in Nederland.
When and how much?
Student finance is paid towards the end of each month. Use the calculator (in Dutch only) to find out how much you can get.
If you fail to meet the nationality requirements for student finance, you may still qualify for a limited funding towards payment of your fees. You must be under 30 and come from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
If you are registered in a full-time or dual degree programme in higher vocational education (HBO) or university, you can apply for a tuition fee loan. You will have to pay back this loan.
If you are registered in a full-time course in secondary vocational (MBO) or adult (VAVO) education, you can apply for a contribution to course fees. This contribution is a gift.
Checks by DUO
DUO performs checks to ensure that you receive what you are entitled to. You always have to pay back wrongfully received student finance. Therefore immediately submit changes in your situation through Mijn DUO.