If you are enrolled as a student in university, higher professional education, or secondary vocational education, you can apply for student finance. You must be a Dutch national or have the same rights. This means non-Dutch can also apply for student finance.
Do you fail to meet the nationality criteria for student finance? Then you may still qualify for a tuition fees loan.
Your eligibility depends on your nationality or residency status, your age and your course.
Student finance for higher education comprises 4 components: a regular loan, a student travel product, a supplementary grant and a tuition fee loan. If you follow a course in secondary vocational education, you can also get a basic grant.
The government wants to reinstate the basic grant for HBO and university students. These plans will be definite only after they have passed through Dutch parliament (the Tweede Kamer and Eerste Kamer). Read more on rijksoverheid.nl Link opent externe pagina . (link in Dutch)
Are you single and raising a child? Then you may be eligible for extra student finance for single parents.
How much is it?
Gift or loan
You always have to pay back the loan. But the student travel product and grant are a 'performance grant'. They are converted into a gift if you graduate within 10 years. Otherwise you have to repay those as well.
Your performance grant becomes a loan in January following your graduation. You will receive a notice about this in January. Only if you obtained a university bachelor or an associate degree, it may take longer for your performance grant to become a loan.
Did you withdraw from secondary vocational education (MBO) level 3 or 4, university, or higher vocational education (HBO) during the 1st year you received student finance for it? Then you may not have to repay your grant and travel product.
Last changes made on 08 augustus 2022