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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.

Financial compensation for students who fell under the student loan system

If you were a student for one or more years while the student loan system was in place (2015-2023), you did not receive a basic grant during that period. That is why the government would like to offer you financial compensation. Whether or not you received a student grant is irrelevant in this situation. The compensation will be offset against your student loan or paid out to you if you no longer have any outstanding student debt.

How much and when

The amount proposed for the compensation is €359 per year, which adds up to €1,436 for four years. DUO plans to pay out the compensation (or offset it against the student loan) from 2025.

Preliminary conditions

  • You have studied for at least 12 months under the loan system.
  • You meet the conditions for student finance. It does not matter whether you actually received student finance.
  • You obtained, or will obtain, your degree within 10 years diploma period.

Automatic notification

Once the plans have been approved by parliament, DUO will notify you automatically if you are eligible for compensation, so you don’t have to do anything yourself at this time.

More information

For more information about the allowance and the government’s plans, please also visit rijksoverheid.nl Link opent externe pagina (link in Dutch).

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