Eligible for how long?

Did your basic grant or supplementary grant run out between June 2020 and August 2023? If so, please check if you are eligible for compensation for loss of grant.

For how long you are eligible for student finance, depends on the course you are following.

MBO

Levels 1 and 2


Eligible for how long
Basic grant As long as you are in MBO 1 or 2
Supplementary grant As long as you are in MBO 1 or 2
Loan As long as you are in MBO 1 or 2
Student travel product As long as you are in MBO 1 or 2

Did you get student finance for MBO level 3 or 4 for 48 months or longer? Then you are no longer eligible for student finance for MBO level 1 or 2.

Levels 3 and 4


Eligible for how long
Basic grant 4 years
Supplementary grant 4 years
Loan 7 years
Student travel product 7 years

Specialist course For a specialist course (‘specialistenopleiding’) you can get 2 extra years of student finance and travel product.

For a 4 year MBO course, you can get a maximum of 7 years of student finance. The basic grant and supplementary grant (if any), you will get for the first 4 years. After that, you can only borrow for 3 more years. You are eligible for the student travel product for the full 7 years.

Did you get student finance for HBO or university for 48 months or longer? Then you are no longer eligible for student finance for MBO.

HBO and university

4 year course or associate degree


Eligible for how long
Supplementary grant 4 years
Regular loan 7 years
Tuition fees loan 7 years
Student travel product 5 years

Longer course If your course lasts for more than 4 years, you will get student finance and the travel product for longer. This also applies to some masters and courses for teachers.

For a 4 year course or associate degree at HBO or university, you can get a maximum of 7 years of student finance. The supplementary grant, if any, you will get for the first 4 years. After that, you can only borrow for 3 more years. You are eligible for the student travel product for 5 years.

Taking 2 courses at the same time

You will get student finance for the course that lasts the longest.

Are you registered for an MBO course and a course at HBO or university? Then you will get student finance for HBO or university.

How much student finance left?

Are you already receiving student finance? And do you want to know how many months you have left? Please check Mijn DUO. You can stop your student finance and entitlement to the student travel product in order to save it up for later.

Tuition fees loan and your future student finance

Do you receive a tuition fees loan without being eligible for student finance? If you do become eligible, the number of months in which you received tuition fees loan will be deducted from the months that you are entitled to student finance.

MBO to HBO

Are you switching from MBO to HBO? Your entitlement to student finance and the student travel product will start all over again. The months you have received for MBO, do not count for HBO. Your diploma period also starts over.

Often you will also receive student finance and the travel product inbetween your old programme and your new programme. This is called ‘bridging payments’. Check with the programme update assistant.

Use within 10 years

Are you in MBO level 3 or 4, HBO or university? Then you have 10 years to use up your student finance, starting the 1st month you received it. If there are any months left after those 10 years, you will lose them. There is 1 exception: if you transfer from MBO to HBO, your 10 year period will start over.

For MBO levels 1 and 2 it doesn’t matter for how long you use student finance.