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 Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for housing and healthcare allowances?

After calculating an estimate of how much allowance you are eligible for using our calculator, you can apply for the allowance through College Life. We will verify that all your information is correct and indicate the exact amount you are eligible for. We will also answer any questions that you might have about allowances, since most of the information provided by the tax authorities is in Dutch. For this service, a one-time fee of €59 is charged to process your application from start to finish – this way, you’ll have your application filed quickly and accurately.

What if I am not eligible – will I get my money back?

We will be responsible for correctly processing your application. For this service, we charge a small fee. However, given the large number factors that may affect your eligibility, we do not take any responsibility for your allowance application being accepted. For this reason, you are will not receive a refund in the event that your application has been processed by our certified financial consultant, and has been rejected by the tax authorities.

What if I change my mind prior to the final confirmation – will I get my money back?

Yes, you will receive a 100% refund if you notify us that you have changed your mind. You must do so prior to sending your documents to our certified financial consultant.  Once you send your documents to our certified financial consultant, you are not eligible for a refund anymore. 

Can I receive an allowance also for the months prior the application?

Yes, you can receive money for months before your application – starting from the day your rental agreement or health insurance starts.

How can the housing allowance tool help me?

The housing allowance tool can help you calculate and request, change or stop the Dutch housing allowance (huurtoeslag). All you have to do is fill in the requested information and the tool will calculate the refund and allow you to apply for it via the online form.

 

What is the housing allowance (huurtoeslag)?

The housing allowance is a monthly compensation from the Dutch government that supports Dutch and international tenants, including expatriate workers and students, whose rent is too high in relation to their income. To receive housing allowance you have to meet certain requirements.

What are the basic requirements?

Anyone who is more than 18 years old and rents a house or apartment in the Netherlands can apply for housing allowance. To do that, you must:

  • Register in a Dutch municipality and have a BSN number.
  • Have a Dutch residence permit or EU/EEA nationality.
  • Receive employment income that’s below the threshold.
  • Live in an independent residence (with your own front door and private facilities such as kitchen, shower, and toilet).
What are the rent and income requirements?

If you’re 18 – 23 years old, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 414,02.
  • Annual income less than EUR 22,200.
  • Savings and investments less than EUR 25,000.

If you’re above 23 years old, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 710,68.
  • Annual income less than EUR 22,200.
  • Savings and investments less than EUR 25,000.
What is a benefit partner (toeslagpartner)?

A benefit partner is a person that you apply for housing allowance with and it can affect how much allowance you can get. Read more about toeslagpartner here.

What are the rent and income requirements with a benefit partner?

If you’re 18 – 23 years old, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 414,02 (if you have a child or your fiscal partner is older than 23 the maximum is EUR 710,68).
  • Annual combined income less than EUR 30,150.
  • Savings and investments per person less than EUR 25,000.

If you’re older than 23, these are the restrictions:

  • Monthly rent from EUR 223,42 to EUR 710,68.
  • Annual combined income less than EUR 30,150.
  • Savings and investments per person less than EUR 25,000.
How much housing allowance can I receive?

The amount of your housing allowance depends on your personal situation, mostly your yearly (Dutch) income, and your monthly rent. Use our online calculator to check if you are eligible for housing allowance and how much you would be able to receive.

How do I apply for housing allowance?

Applying for housing allowance couldn’t be easier! With our housing allowance tool, it will take you no more than 5 minutes.

What are the required documents to apply?

To use our housing allowance tool, you will only need your BSN number. All other required documents will be requested at a later stage.

When will I receive the rent allowance?

You can apply for the rent allowance any time after you’ve signed the rental agreement. Your benefit will start on the first day of the first full month.

How will I receive the housing benefit?

The housing benefit will not be deducted from your rent. You will pay the full rent amount and receive the benefit separately from the Dutch Tax office.

Can my application be submitted through College Life’s calculators?

Yes. We charge a small one-time fee of €59,- for processing your application. We will then request additional documents from you in order to begin processing your application. If you change your mind prior to sending our documents to our certified financial consultant, you are eligible for a 100% refund.

How can I calculate the energy costs in common areas?

If applicable, then energy costs for common areas are usually indicated in the contract and are separate from the basic rent. Alternatively, you can ask your landlord for this information.

What are ‘caretaker fees’?

Caretaker fees are those related to paying an individual (caretaker) for looking after the building / maintaining it.

What are service costs of recreational areas?

This is case-specific and can mean different things with different accommodations. You should ask your landlord if
you are not sure.

What happens when I click “submit”?

After you submit the form, you will receive an email with instructions on how to have your allowance application filed with the tax authorities (Belastingdienst).

Why is €12 the maximum I can indicate for additional costs?

For the additional costs, anything above €12 is not calculated into the total rent. This is why in the calculator you can indicate maximum of €12 even if you have to pay more.

What additional documents should I prepare?

To file your application you will need to prepare your ID / Passport and your BSN (Social Service Number from the Municipality).

Housing Allowance For Your Stay In The Netherlands

If you have recently arrived in the Netherlands, you might have a lot on your to-do list. In fact, finding a suitable housing is probably among your top priorities. However, as you might know, being an international student comes with its own difficulties. And it sometimes makes everything a little bit trickier. One of those tricky things is also looking for a place to live. In particular, finding an affordable housing can be difficult, especially in the big cities. Luckily, there is a way to make your rent more affordable. It’s called the Dutch housing allowance and we are here to help you apply for it. The housing allowance is a monthly contribution to your rent. If your rent is too high in relation to what you earn, you might receive a significant cost reduction from the Dutch government.

Moreover, eligibility for the housing allowance and the amount you receive is influenced by different factors. For example, your age, who you live with, the rental price and the combined incomes of the household. Moreover, only applicants with low income, small savings and a rent above a certain threshold qualify. In addition, you must be living in a dwelling with its own front door and private facilities (kitchen, shower, and toilet). However, certain student dormitories also qualify for rental assistance. Hence, as a student, you may be eligible to receive the benefit. And the good news is – applying for it is extremely simple. As a matter of fact, we have created an allowance tool that will help you calculate and request your housing allowance. You only need your BSN number to start.

Contact us if you have any questions!

*The calculated amount does not always reflect the exact amount you are eligible for. You will be asked for additional details after clicking the “submit” button in order to confirm the exact amount.

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