Voucher for further education

Have you received student finance for the 1st time in the period September 2015 up to August 2019? And did the loan system apply to you? Then you will receive a study voucher for further education when you graduate. You can use it for further higher education in the Netherlands or abroad. You will receive a discount on the tuition fees.

What is the study voucher?

The study voucher is about €2000 of credit for a new education programme. This needs to be an accredited programme in higher education (full time, part time, dual or modular).


You are entitled to the voucher if you meet the following conditions:

  • You first received student finance for HBO or university in the period September 2015 to August 2019.
  • You have obtained an HBO diploma or full university diploma (Bachelor + Master).
  • You graduated within 10 years, calculated from your first month of student finance for HBO or university.

Using your study voucher

You can use the voucher 5 to 10 years after you graduate. After your diploma has been registered with DUO, you will receive a letter. The letter says from what date you can use the voucher.

Why a study voucher?

By introducing the new system of study finance, the government aims to invest even more into the quality of higher education. The 1st group of students under this loan system does not yet fully benefit from this investment. The study voucher is intended to meet the needs of this group.