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Dutch study grants for EU / EEA students

Grants 6 November 2012, 00:00

The government of the Netherlands supports EU/EEA students in many ways. Europeans not only can study in Holland paying the same tuition fees as Dutch citizen, but are also able to apply for the Study Grant programme.

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The government of the Netherlands supports EU/EEA students in many ways. Europeans not only can study in Holland paying the same tuition fees as Dutch citizen, but are also able to apply for the Study Grant, or Studiefinanciering programme.

Who can apply for the Dutch Study Grants?

Citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland (aged between 18 and 29) studying on a degree course, Full Time or Dual, at one of the Dutch Universities can apply for a Study Grant, if:

  • they work in the Netherlands themselves. Students applying for a Study Grant must work in the Netherlands on the basis of an official contract of employment for at least 32 hours a month and have a yearly income less than a certain limit. (In 2011 the limit was € 13215,83), or
  • they have a parent who is also a citizen of the EU, EEA country or Switzerland and works in the Netherlands for at least 32 hours a month on the grounds of a contract of employment and has a yearly income less than a certain limit, or
  • they are married to or registered partners of a citizen of the EU, EEA country or Switzerland, who works in the Netherlands for at least 32 hours a month on the grounds of a contract of employment and has a yearly income less than a certain limit.

How much money in total can you expect?

  • Student’s yearly wage depends on their total working hours and hourly rate. Students who work for 32 hours a month at the minimum wage can expect a total amount of €3264. (calculations for 2011);
  • If student does not live with their parents, he or she can expect to receive a total of € 3193 from the Dutch government as a basic grant (calculations for 2011); 
  • If student’s parents do not have high income, he or she is also entitled to a maximum of € 2891 (calculations for 2011);

Other benefits of the Study Grant system

Besides the Dutch study grant students from the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland may also be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Free public transport card which worth more than a thousand Euros.
  • Access to an additional Study Support Loan and a Tuition Fee Loan.
  • Possible Accommodation Rental Subsidy. 
  • Possible Health Care Subsidy.

View also the "EU/EEA and Dutch Study Grant" page on the Witenborg University website.


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