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Government plans on student grants as from 2023

The government wants to reinstate the basic grant for all HBO and university students as of the academic year 2023-2024. There are more plans, also affecting MBO students. These plans are not final yet as they still have to be approved by Dutch parliament, the Eerste Kamer and the Tweede Kamer. This is scheduled for 2023.

Basic grant reinstated in higher education

The government intends to reinstate the basic grant in higher education. If you graduate within 10 years, the basic grant will be converted into a gift, including interest. If you don’t make this deadline, you will need to repay the total amount, including interest.

The basic grant for students living away from home will be higher than that for students living at home. The amounts proposed are:

  • €110.30 per month for students living at home
  • €439.20 for students living away from home (€274.90 basic grant + €164.30 temporary increase because of the purchasing power compensation)

The reinstatement of the basic grant is scheduled for 1 September 2023.

Who will receive the basic grant?

Reinstatement of the basic grant will apply to students who:

  • re-enrolled in a higher education programme (HBO or university) in the academic year 2023-2024, ánd
  • on 1 September 2023 have not received a student finance for longer than the official ('nominal') study duration of their degree programme.

Not yet in notice

The student finance notices for 2023 do not take into account the plan to reinstate the basic grant, as this is not yet confirmed. This is why the notice does not mention anything about the basic grant in higher education from September 2023 onwards. 

Applying for the basic grant

Once the government’s plans have been approved by parliament, students can start applying for the basic grant. This will then take effect as of 1 September 2023. If you qualify for the basic grant, we will notify you. 

More information

As soon as more information becomes available, these pages will be updated. For more information, please also visit rijksoverheid.nl Link opent externe pagina (link in Dutch).

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