If you have you completed or almost completed your course, or you have dropped your course altogether, you will need to make a number of arrangements. What these are depends on your situation. If you have graduated or got your qualification, the amount you owe might be adjusted.
If you’ve completed your course, you need to unenroll otherwise you will still be charged tuition fees. Ask your school/university how you can unenroll. You will no longer be entitled to student finance from the date of your unenrollment.
Continuing your studies in the Netherlands
Are you planning to continue your studies in the Netherlands? You can sometimes get student finance to cover the period between courses. Inform DUO of your new course (information in Dutch). Do this before the date on which you unenroll from your old course.
If you are no longer enrolled at a school or university, you are no longer entitled to student finance. End your student finance in Mijn DUO. If you live outside the Netherlands and cannot log in to Mijn DUO, you can end your student finance by completing the change of details form.
Find out more about ending student finance (DUO) (information in Dutch)
Change of details form for students in higher education abroad (pdf, 174 kB) (information in Dutch)
Change of details form for students in vocational education abroad (pdf, 161 kB) (information in Dutch)
You cannot cancel a student travel product online. You have to do this at a public transport ticket vending machine in the Netherlands. You can find these machines in bus and railway stations and shops. If you wait too long to cancel your student travel product and you continue travelling with it, you will receive a fine.
Find out more about cancelling the student travel product (DUO) (information in Dutch)
Updating your email address
If the email address you used to contact DUO is linked to your school or university, you will no longer be able to use it once you have unenrolled. Change your email address in Mijn DUO, so you will not miss any messages. If you live outside the Netherlands and cannot log in to Mijn DUO, you can opt to receive messages about your student finance by post (information in Dutch).
Change of address
If you are moving after you have completed your studies, inform DUO of your new address in Mijn DUO.
If you are moving abroad, you will also need to deregister from your Dutch municipality. The municipality will ensure that your new address is entered in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI, part of the Personal Records Database (BRP)).
If you drop your course, you can in some cases reclaim tuition fees you paid in excess. Contact your HBO institution or university for more information on reclaiming tuition fees.
School fees for a vocational education (MBO) course in the Netherlands are always for a full year. You can sometimes reclaim some of the fees you have already paid, but you need to apply for reimbursement yourself. You can do so up to the last day of the school year.
Find out more about reclaiming school fees (DUO) (information in Dutch)
If you got your qualification outside the Netherlands, your performance-related grant might be deducted from your student loan. But this will not happen automatically. You must send your diploma or certificate and any other documents to DUO. You will then hear what the consequences are for your student loan.
Find out how to send your diploma to DUO (DUO) (information in Dutch)
If you are going to use your foreign qualification to work or continue your studies in the Netherlands, there are number of things you need to keep in mind. For instance, you might need certain other documents in addition to your diploma or certificate. Or you might have to ask permission to work in the Netherlands.
If you are going to use your Dutch qualification to study or work abroad, there are number of things you need to keep in mind. For instance, you might need certain other documents in addition to your diploma or certificate. Or you might have to ask permission to work in that country.
If you acquired a student loan while you were studying, you do not need to start repaying it immediately. You will have a 2-year grace period, starting on 1 January following the year in which your student finance stopped. In this period, you do not have to repay your loan, though you may do so if you wish. After this grace period, you will be obliged to make monthly repayments.
If you withdraw from an MBO level 3 or 4, HBO or university course in the first year (information in Dutch), you will not have to repay your grant or your student travel product or public transport allowance over the first few months, provided you end your student finance by 1 February. But you will have to repay a loan.
Do you want to find out more about repaying your student loan?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.