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What is student finance?

DUO (the Education Executive Agency) pays student finance to eligible students in secondary vocational education (MBO), higher professional education (HBO) and at university (WO). Student finance is funded by the government. Some components of student finance take the form of a loan, which you have to repay.

Attention: The government has plans to reinstate the basic grant for students in higher professional and university education. And there are more plans, including plans aimed at secondary vocational education (MBO) students. The plans are not yet final as they still have to be approved by the Senate. That will probably happen in June 2023. You can find more information on the DUO website.

Student finance components

Student finance comprises various grants and loans. You can decide for yourself what components you want to apply for. You have to repay the loans.

Can I get student finance?

See whether you are eligible for student finance:

If you are going to study or do an internship abroad

Check what else you need to arrange if you are going to:


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.