Eligible for how long
The length of your eligibility for the student travel product depends on your educational programme.
MBO level 1 or 2
You are eligible for the student travel product as long as you are enrolled for a level 1 or 2 course.
MBO level 3 or 4
- You are eligible for the travel product for a maximum of 7 years (84 months).
- This period includes months in which you were still under 18 but had the travel product.
- If you have already received student finance or the travel product for MBO level 3 or 4 in the past, those months are subtracted from the total.
HBO or university
HBO or university programmes give you a 5-year eligibility for the student travel product. If your course lasts longer than 4 years, you may have more than 5 years of eligibility for the student travel product. If this is the case, you should consider the following points:
- If you have received student finance or a travel product for another higher education course in the past, those months are subtracted from the total.
- If you spend longer on your Bachelor's programme, your student finance will continue. But you will be using up the finance and travel product that were intended for the subsequent Master's programme.
My DUO: remaining eligibility overview
In Mijn DUO you can see how for many months you are still eligible for the travel product.
Use up within 10 years
The travel product is part of student finance. If you are on an MBO level 3 or 4 programme or studying at HBO or university, you have 10 years to use up your student finance. We call this the 'diploma period'. This 10-year period starts from the 1st month that you receive finance or the travel product.
Switching from MBO to HBO
If you switch from MBO to HBO, your eligibility for the travel product starts all over again. The months that you received while on the MBO programme do not count for HBO. And your 10-year diploma period begins again.
In many cases you can hold on to your travel product in the period between your old and new study programme. We call this a 'bridging period'. Enter your details in the programme update assistant to find out if this applies to you.