How does student finance work?
If you are under the age of 30 and are registered in full-time or dual education, you can apply for student finance. You must be a Dutch national or have the same rights, depending on your residence permit or your nationality.
If you have the nationality of an EU/EEA-country or Switzerland, you will qualify for student finance if you have been living in the Netherlands for 5 consecutive years or more. Or if you (or your non-Dutch parent or partner) work in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month.
If you are not a national of an EU/EEA-country or Switzerland, you can still qualify for student finance if you have a residence permit type I, II, III or IV. Use the nationality chart below (currently only available in Dutch).
Do you fail to meet the nationality requirements for student finance? You may still qualify for a limited funding towards the payment of your tuition or course fee.
What does student finance consist of?
Student finance comprises 3 components: a loan, a student travel product and a supplementary grant (depending on parental income). You always have to pay back the loan. The student travel product and supplementary grant are converted into a gift if you graduate within 10 years. Otherwise you will have to repay them as well.
How long do I qualify for it?
For a 4-year degree programme (HBO or university) you are entitled to 7 years of student finance. A supplementary grant is only possible the first 4 years. The student travel product you can get for 5 years. Some degree programmes take longer than 4 years. Then you are longer entitled to student finance. You have to use up your student finance within 10 years.
Apply before you turn 30
You can apply for student finance until the month you turn 30. After your 30th birthday your student finance will continue, unless you stop it. You will then not be able to submit a request to restart it.