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Particulier Student finance Applying for student finance

Applying for student finance

Quick and easy

Are you under 30 and enrolled 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 limited funding for payment of your tuition fees. Make sure you apply in 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 a ‘burgerservicenummer’ or ‘BSN’. You automatically receive one when you register with a Dutch municipality.

How to apply

  • 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 on either weekends or weekdays. The student travel product can only be loaded onto 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 log in
If you cannot log in to Mijn DUO, you can use a form. For higher vocational education (HBO) or university, use the form Aanvraag studiefinanciering hoger onderwijs voor opleidingen in Nederland. If you are enrolled in secondary vocational education (MBO), use the form Aanvraag studiefinanciering mbo 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 expect to receive.

Limited funding

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 enrolled in a full-time or dual degree programme in higher vocational education (HBO) or university, you can apply for a tuition fee loan. You have to pay back this loan.
If you are registered in a full-time course in secondary vocational education (MBO) or adult education(VAVO), you can apply for a contribution towards 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.

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