Whether you qualify for student finance depends on your age, course and nationality or residency status.
You must be younger than 30 on the day your student finance starts.
If you already receive student finance, it will continue after your 30th birthday, unless you stop it. You cannot restart it after that.
You must be enrolled in a full-time or dual course of at least 1 year. The course must be officially recognised in the Netherlands.
Part-time students do not qualify for student finance.
Nationality or residency status
You must have the Dutch nationality or a residence permit type II, III, IV of V. If you have a residence permit type I, use the nationality chart to find out if you qualify.
EEA citizen or Swiss
Do you have the nationality of an EEA country or Switzerland? Then you qualify if:
- 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 parent or partner works, or has worked, in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours a month. They must be citizens of an EEA country or Switzerland.
Do you fail to meet the nationality requirements for student finance? Then you may still qualify for the tuition fee loan.