Tuition fee loan

If you are studying HBO or university, you can apply for a tuition fee loan. Even if you fail to meet the nationality requirements for student finance, you may qualify for the tuition fee loan.

If you are studying at MBO or VAVO, you may be eligible for a contribution towards your course fees. But only if you are not eligible for student finance.

Applying for tuition fee loan

How to apply for a tuition fee loan, depends on whether or not you are eligible for student finance.

You are not eligible for student finance

If you are not eligible for student finance, you must meet the following conditions to qualify for the tuition fee loan:

  • You are under 30.
  • You have the nationality of an EEA country Link opent externe pagina or Switzerland.
  • You are enrolled in a full-time or dual course in higher professional education (HBO) or university.
  • You pay your tuition fees in the Netherlands.
  • If it wasn’t for your nationality or residency status, your course would qualify you for student finance.

Use the Application tuition fees loan form for your application.

You are eligible for student finance

When you apply for student finance, you can apply for the tuition fee loan at the same time. You can also apply for it later via Mijn DUO.

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Login problems

If you cannot log in to Mijn DUO, then you can use the form Wijzigingen student hoger onderwijs.

Contribution towards course fees

Are you studying at MBO or VAVO? You must meet the following conditions to qualify for a contribution towards your course fees:

  • You have the nationality of an EEA country Link opent externe pagina or Switzerland. Or your husband or wife has the nationality of an EEU country.
  • You are enrolled in a full-time course in secondary vocational education (MBO) or secondary education for adults (VAVO). Your course must be recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education. Your school can tell you if this is the case.
  • You are not eligible for student finance.
  • You are over 18, and you started your course before the age of 30.

Use the Application for a contribution towards course fees form for your application.

Loan or gift

You always have to pay back the tuition fee loan. The contribution towards course fees is a gift.

Brexit

Are you from the UK? Brexit may affect your eligibility for a tuition fee loan. The exact consequences of Brexit depend on the outcome of negotiations between the UK and other European countries. For more information about Brexit, go to government.nl Link opent externe pagina.