Are you an EU/EEA student and planning to study in the Netherlands in 2024? Then get ready for some fantastic news that will make your student life even brighter. The Dutch higher education system is undergoing an important change as it phases out the student loan system from September 2024. In this blog post, we’ll explore the shift in the student finance system and its implications for students.
A Return to Student Funding: Grants Are Making a Comeback!
No more sleepless nights worrying about excessive student debt! The Dutch government pledges to reintroduce funding for students, including the right to a basic, non-returnable grant for all students, alongside an income-dependent additional grant. This means that if you meet the necessary conditions, the dreaded loan system becomes a thing of the past. Hooray!
Applying for Student Finance in the Netherlands – What’s in Store for You:
If you start your university journey in the academic year 2024-2025, consider yourself lucky! You will be among the first batch of students to experience the new financing system. While the exact details are yet to be announced, the new system is similar to the previous one in place before 2015. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key aspects you can look forward to:
- Performance Grant: If you are a student from an EU/EEA country and you work at least 56 hours per month next to your studies or you have lived at least 5 years in the Netherlands, you are eligible to apply for a basic allowance of up to €439
- Additional Grant: if your parents earn less than 70.000 euros annually, you can apply for an additional bursary on top of the basic allowance of up to €416
- Free Travel: As a student, you will enjoy free travel on public transportation throughout the week or on weekends. It’s your choice!
- Repayment: If you obtain a higher education diploma within ten years, you won’t have to pay back the basic grant or the costs of your public transportation card. However, any additional interest-bearing loans must be repaid within 15 or 35 years.
Good News for Students
While the details of the phase out process still need to be finalized, the elimination of the loan system is good news for students. You won’t have the burden of excessive debt and levels the playing field for all students, regardless of your financial background. You can embark on your educational journey in the Netherlands with confidence and enthusiasm, knowing that your financial well-being is being taken care of.
More detailed information about the new financing system can be found on the DUO website