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Study grant (DUO)

  • When am I entitled to a student grant from DUO?

    You are entitled to a student grant from DUO if you fulfil a number of requirements:
    • you have registered as a full-time or dual student;
    • you are under 30 years of age and you have not received a student grant before;
    • you have Dutch nationality (or equivalent status);
    • you have not yet exceeded the maximum period for a student grant;
    • your additional earnings must not exceed the stipulated amount;
    • it must be less than ten years since the first month in which you received a grant for higher education.
    Students from most European countries may also be eligible for a grant from the Netherlands. The following conditions also apply:
    • you have a contract of employment for at least 56 hours per month (and you have been in the Netherlands for less than five years);
    • you have your own bank/giro account in the Netherlands.
    For more information about grants for international students, visit the English website of DUO.

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  • What is the social loan system (student loan)?

    Student finance for higher education comprises 4 components:
    • a supplementary grant
    • a student travel product
    • a regular loan
    • a tuition fee loan
    More information can be found on the Student finance page of the DUO website.

  • How do I apply for a student grant from the IB-Groep?

    You can apply for a student grant from DUO via their website. Please note that you need a DigiD to do this.

    More information can be found on the Student finance page of the DUO website.

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  • What is tuition fee loan?

    'Tuition fee loan' (in Dutch: collegegeldkrediet) is a loan for paying your tuition fees and is part of the student grant from DUO. If you are entitled to this student grant, you can apply for the loan via DUO. 

    You can find more information on the Student finance page on the English website of DUO.

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  • What exactly is the 1 February arrangement?

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  • I am no longer entitled to a student grant from DUO (formerly IB-Groep) and still need six months to obtain my degree. What should I do?

    It may be that your student grant from DUO stops and that your part-time job does not pay enough for you to live on. There are organizations (e.g. private funds and foundations) that help students – under certain conditions.

    Private funds may award a grant in exceptional cases, for example to students faced with high costs due to a functional handicap or refugee students who cannot obtain full funding by other means.

    For more information, please contact one of the student counsellors of he Student Service Centre.
  • Am I allowed to earn an income in addition to my student grant from DUO?

    This depends on the system which apply to you.

    Do you fall within the new student finance system? Then your income has no effect on your student finance.

    If you still fall within the old student finance system an additional earnings threshold applies to you.

    More information can be found on the Student finance page of the DUO-website.

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  • Which European countries are part of the EER?

    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Students of Swiss nationality can also apply for a Dutch grant

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  • Consequences deregistration for student grant (DUO)

  • Performance-related grant from DUO

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