Eligibility

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on your age, course and nationality or residency status.

Age

  • There is no minimum age for HBO (higher professional education) and university. Are you going to study at MBO level (secondary vocational education)? Then the minimum age for student finance is 18.
  • You must be younger than 30 on the day your student finance starts.
You turn 30

If you already receive student finance, it will continue after your 30th birthday, unless you stop it. You cannot restart it after that. You may then qualify for a lifelong learning credit.

Course

  • You are enrolled in a full-time or dual course. You have to be enrolled on the first day of the month. If you're enrolled after the first day of the month, you will be eligible the following month.
  • Your course lasts at least 1 year.
  • Your course must be officially recognised in the Netherlands. Your school or university can tell you if this is the case.

Nationality

  • You have the Dutch nationality or a residence permit type II, III, IV of V.
  • Do you have a residence permit type I, or the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland? Then you may also qualify for student finance.
Requirements residence permit type I

Use the eligibility assistant to find out if you qualify for student finance.

Permit type I eligibility assistantPermit type I eligibility assistant

Requirements EU/EEA citizens and Swiss

You qualify for student finance if you meet 1 of the following requirements:

  • You have been living in the Netherlands for 5 consecutive years or more.
  • You have come to the Netherlands to work, for 56 hours a month or more.
  • Your non-Dutch parent or partner has the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and works, or has worked, in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month.

Does 1 of these situations apply to you? Please make an appointment at 1 of our Service Desks. You must bring a few documents with you. For more information, see Proof documents for EU/EEA citizens and Swiss.

Do you fail to meet the requirements mentioned, but do you still think you qualify for student finance? Please contact us.

Proof documents for EU/EEA citizens and Swiss

5 consecutive years or more in the Netherlands

We only need a copy of your ID card.

Working in the Netherlands with a permanent, fixed-term (temporary) or stand-by contract

If you have an employment contract yourself:

  • employment contract + most recent payslip and matching bank statement
  • ID card

If your parent has an employment contract:

  • employment contract + most recent payslip and matching bank statement
  • your ID card + your parent's ID card
  • your birth certificate

If your partner has an employment contract:

  • employment contract + most recent payslip and matching bank statement
  • your ID card + your partner's ID card
  • your marriage or civil partnership certificate

A copy of the documents is sufficient.

Working in the Netherlands as a freelancer or self-employed person

Are you a freelancer or self-employed person, or is your parent or partner? Then we prefer to explain to you personally which documents we need. Phone us or make an appointment at 1 of our Service Desks.

Check hours worked

DUO checks regularly if you, your parent or partner worked for at least 56 hours a month.

If you do not qualify for student finance

If you do not qualify for student finance, you may be eligible for another regulation:

Brexit

Are you from the UK? Brexit may affect your eligibility for study finance. The exact consequences of Brexit depend on the outcome of negotiations between the UK and other European countries. For more information, visit government.nl.

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