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 1 of the following courses:
    • MBO: school-based learning pathway (BOL)
    • HBO or university: bachelor, master or associate degree
  • You are enrolled in a full-time or dual course. You will not get student finance for a part-time programme or work-based learning pathway (BBL).
  • 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 or V.
  • Do you have a residence permit type I? Then you may also qualify for student finance.
  • Do you have the nationality of an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or the United Kingdom? Or is your partner or parent a citizen of one of these countries? 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. The start date of your employment contract must be the 1st of the month. If your employment contract starts later, you won't be eligible for student finance until the next month.
  • Your non-Dutch parent or partner has the nationality of an EU/EEA country Link opent externe pagina or Switzerland and works, or has worked, in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month.

Do you meet 1 one these conditions? Then you can apply for student finance. You will receive a letter within 4 weeks after your application, asking you to upload supporting documents. You can find out which supporting documents these are under Proof documents for EU/EEA citizens, UK citizens and Swiss.

Do you not meet the 56-hour condition, but still think you are entitled? Then contact us.

Requirements UK citizens

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

  • You have a residence permit  Article 50 and you been living in the Netherlands for 5 consecutive years or more.
  • You have a residence permit Article 50 and you have come to the Netherlands to work, for 56 hours a month or more. The start date of your employment contract must be the 1st of the month. If your employment contract starts later, you won't be eligible for student finance until the next month.
  • Your non-Dutch parent or partner has the nationality of an EU/EEA country Link opent externe pagina or Switzerland and works, or has worked, in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month.
  • Your British parent or partner has a residence permit Article 50 and works, or has worked, in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month.

Even for a travel product only you need to meet 1 of these requirements.

Do you meet 1 one these conditions? Then you can apply for student finance. You will receive a letter within 4 weeks after your application, asking you to upload supporting documents. You can find out which supporting documents these are under Proof documents for EU/EEA citizens, UK citizens and Swiss.

Do you not meet the 56-hour condition, but still think you are entitled? Then contact us.

Proof documents for EU/EEA citizens, UK citizens and Swiss

5 consecutive years or more in the Netherlands

We need a copy of your ID card. Are you a citizen of the United Kingdom? Then we also need a copy of the front and back of your residence permit Article 50.

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 you are a citizen of the United Kingdom: a copy of the front and back of your residence permit Article 50.

If your Non-Dutch 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 parent is a citizen of the United Kingdom: a copy of the front and back of your parent's residence permit Article 50.

If your Non-Dutch 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
  • If your partner is a citizen of the United Kingdom: a copy of the front and back of your partner's residence permit Article 50.

A copy of the documents is sufficient. You can mail it to documenten@duo.nl.

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? Phone us. Then we will explain to you personally which documents we need.

Check hours worked

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

Lenient 56 hours requirement

DUO is lenient with EU/EEA, Swiss and UK students that cannot meet the 56 hours requirement. Did you work for 56 hours in at least 1 month in 2020? And did you receive student finance for this month? If so, you remain eligible for student finance. However, you must be able to prove that you cannot work 56 hours a month because of the measures against the coronavirus.

If you do not qualify for student finance

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