Dutch Student Finance

Students who are enrolled in a regular, full-time degree programme (i.e. a programme that is part of the regular Dutch higher education system and is financed by the Dutch government) may, depending on their nationality or residence permit, be eligible for Dutch student finance.

Dutch student finance consists of different components: 

  • Basic grant
  • Supplementary grant (depending on your parents' income) 
  • Student travel product (public transport for free or at a discounted rate)
  • Interest bearing loan
  • Tuition fees loan

You decide which components you apply for. Everyone who is entitled to student finance receives a basic grant and student travel product. Additionally you can apply for a supplementary grant and a loan. 

Eligible countries or regions
All EU/EEA countries, United Kingdom, Switzerland

The general eligibility requirements for age, education and nationality:

  • You must be younger than 30 on the day your student finance starts.
  • You are enrolled in a full-time programme that lasts at least 1 year.
  • You have the Dutch nationality, a residence permit (there may be additional requirements), or the EU/EEA, Swiss or UK nationality (you must meet additional requirements regarding your work status in the Netherlands).

For EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age, you are eligible if you work at least 32 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. 

Please note: there may be additional requirements or exceptions to applying for student finance. Read the full terms and conditions on the DUO website:


Tuition fees loan

If you are not eligible for Dutch student finance and you are an EEA or Swiss national (or you have the British nationality and you have an article 50 residence permit) you may still be eligible for a loan towards the payment of your tuition fees. For more information about this please consult the DUO tuition fees loan page.

How to apply

For more information about the eligibility requirements, the different components and amounts, and how to apply, visit the DUO website:

All information on DUO

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