Student grant DUO
The student grant of DUO entails a monthly contribution towards the cost of your studies and your living costs.
Please note: The Dutch government has plans to reduce the right to a basic student grant (from DUO) and a student Travelcard, with effect from 1 September 2014.
At this moment, it is uncertain whether or not these plans will actually continue or not. We will update this website as soon as there is more information.
Terms and conditions
Full-time EU/EEA-students may be eligible for a student grant, which includes a student travel product (Studenten OV-chipkaart), if they meet the following requirements:
- You must be a citizen of an EU or EEA country.
- You must be a full-time student on a higher education course in the Netherlands which is eligible for a student grant.
- You must have at least 32 hours of employment per month. A law will come into force from January 1st 2014 which prescribes that you must have least 54 hours of employment per month
- You must have an employment contract for that work.
- You must be under the age of 30 when you apply for a student grant (you may continue to receive the grant up until you turn 34, but only if the period during which you receive the grant is uninterrupted).
- You must hold a Dutch bank account in your own name.
More information about the employment condition.
If you do not meet these requirements there are some special cases in which a student might be entitled to the regular student grant. For more information see the nationality chart of DUO.
For more information you can visit the website of DUO or read the brochure of DUO. Both answer questions such as:
- What is covered by the student grant?
- For how long will I be eligible for a student grant?
- Terminating the student grant as of 1 February
- Options for students from the EU/EEA
- Amounts of student grant 2010
- Address check/registration with the municipal authority
- Earning money while studying
There is a maximum amount you can earn each calendar year. If you exceed the maximum, you must terminate your student grant and surrender your student public transport card.