Student Finance in the Netherlands

What would you like to know about student finance?

Part of your studies might include applying for student finance, or studiefinanciering in Dutch. Student finance exists to help students in their post-secondary education (so college or university, for example). Most noteworthy, it helps you with your fees, such as your tuition fees. Student financing is provided by DUO, the Dutch Ministry of Education.

Being an international student, you might find that many Dutch government websites are either exclusively in Dutch or provide very limited information in English. At College Life, we aim to make finding information about and applying for student finance as easy as possible. We have compiled the most relevant and up-to-date information regarding studiefinanciering, all in one place.

As an international student, you are able to apply for financing; however, you need to meet certain criteria in order to send in your application. This includes details about your nationality, residence, and financial situation. Depending on whether you are an EU/EEA resident or not, the requirements may vary.

Furthermore, there are three components to Dutch student financing. This is in the form of a loan, a supplementary grant and a student travel product. Keep in mind that you might not be able to apply for all three of these, since some depend on your parents or your own income.

Applying for studiefinanciering is extremely easy; contrary to what it may seem like at first glance. You’ll need a few basic things to apply, including a passport and a DigiID. A DigiID is your residence number, which you get when you register at a Dutch municipality. Read more about what a BSN number is and what else you need to apply under How to Apply.

You can read all about what studiefinanciering is, what the requirements are, and how to apply here.

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