Taking a Master’s programme

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree from a university or higher vocational education (HBO) and do you want to continue your studies? A Master’s programme is the logical next step. Whether you receive student finance for this depends on your Bachelor’s programme and which Master’s you want to take.

Extension of your student finance?

When you study at university or higher vocational education (HBO), you are usually entitled to 7 years of student finance. If you take a Master’s programme, that period can sometimes be extended. In other words, you may receive student finance for a longer period. This depends on how long your Master’s programme is officially supposed to last.

Official programme duration

The official duration of your Master’s programme may be shorter than the duration stated by the institution itself.

Programme duration

You can look up the official duration of a programme in the national register for educational institutions RIO (formerly CROHO). This information can be found on the screen containing the details of the programme in question. The ‘study load’ gives the number of credits for the Master’s degree: 60 credits is a 1-year programme, 120 credits is 2 years and so on.

Basis

Below the study load, you will also find the basis for the study load. If this says ‘ministerieel’ (ministerial), then the study load given is the official duration of the programme. In that case, check the table to see if you are entitled to additional student finance. If the basis for the study load is given as ‘instelling’ (institution), you will not receive additional student finance for this Master’s programme.

A study programme abroad

Do you want to take a study programme abroad? In that case, we assess your entitlement based on the official programme duration for the comparable programme in the Netherlands.

Eligible for how long?

The table below shows how many years of student finance you will receive for a Bachelor’s programme followed by a Master’s programme.

Type of bachelor and master Loan Travel product Supplementary grant
Bachelor + 1-year HBO Master 8 years 6 years 5 years
Bachelor + 1.5-year HBO Master 8 years and 6 months 6 years and 6 months 5 years and 6 months
Bachelor + 2-year HBO Master 9 years 7 years 6 years
Bachelor + 2.5-year HBO Master 9 years and 6 months 7 years and 6 months 6 years and 6 months
Bachelor + 3-year HBO Master 10 years 8 years 7 years
Bachelor + 4-year HBO Master 10 years 9 years 8 years
Bachelor + 1-year university Master 7 years 5 years 4 years
Bachelor + 2-year university Master 8 years 6 years 5 years
Bachelor + 3-year university Master 9 years 7 years 6 years
Bachelor + 4-year university Master 10 years 8 years 7 years

Additional travel months due to Covid restrictions

Have you been notified that you will be given additional travel months due to Covid restrictions? If so, these months will be added to the official duration stated here.

Submit update

Enter your details in the programme update assistant. It will only take a minute to find out what arrangements you need to make.

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Basic grant left over from Bachelor’s programme

Did you fall under the old student finance system during your Bachelor’s programme? This often means that the loan system will apply to you if you take a Master’s degree. However, if you did not use up all the months of your basic grant for your Bachelor’s programme, you may still use the months you have left for your Master’s programme. A 4-year basic grant is available for a Bachelor’s degree at higher vocational education (HBO), and 3 years for a Bachelor’s degree at university.

Graduate Master’s

You will not receive additional student finance for a graduate Master’s degree. Nor does a graduate Master’s degree entitle you to convert your grant into a gift.

Have you already obtained a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and received at least 1 month of student finance for university or higher vocational education (HBO)? Then you are still entitled to use up any remaining months of student finance. Please note that the graduate Master’s must be recognized by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) Link opent externe pagina . Check with your institution to see if this is the case.

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