Financing your study

To finance your studies you can tap the following sources, depending on your situation: the regular student financing or loan system, subsidies and your own money, possibly with the right to tax deduction.

Aid from DUO due to corona crisis

Due to government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many students lose income. DUO wants to help students and alumni who are having (financial) problems due to the coronavirus. You can borrow extra money, for example to pay your tuition fees. Repayers can request a grace period. Read more

Student financing by DUO

For the education on Dutch universities, student finance is granted, on certain conditions, by DUO. If you started studying after September 2015 student finance comprises 3 components: a loan, a student travel product and a supplementary grant (depending on parental income). The student travel product and supplementary grant are converted into a gift if you graduate within 10 years. Otherwise you will have to repay them as well.

If you are under the age of 30 and are registered in full-time or dual education, you can apply for student finance. You must be a Dutch national or have the same rights, depending on your residence permit or your nationality. You can not get student financing for part-time education. In some cases the study costs are deductable from your tax. 


You can also try to finance the last year of your studies, internship or follow-up studies (abroad) with the help of a scholarship. Take into account that the boards of smaller funds do not meet every month; therefore, apply in time.

Raising money has become a made-to-measure activity. You have to determine your own unique selling points and determine what you are worth. The juries and commissions managing the money want to know who you are and what you plan to do. If you want to do an internship at a renowned New York institute, make clear why this is good for you. After all, they want to benefit your development and not the New York institute. Apart from looking at the amount and your motivation, they also consider the value for the fund to support you.


Various large and small funds make study grants, loans and donations available for different target groups and studies. The VSB scholarship and cultural fund scholarship are for follow-up studies abroad, for example, the Bekker-la Bastide Fund Foundation supports students who are doing a full-time study in Amsterdam or Rotterdam and the AHK Talent Grant is specifically for talented students from outside the EEA. The Renswoude Fundation and the Schuurman Schimmel - van Outeren Foundation and the Corinthians Foundation support students under 30 years of age, Talent Support on the contrary, students older than 30. The Betsy Perk training fund only supports women. The Hendrik Muller Fund provides scholarships and supports cultural goals.

Some funds focus on certain disciplines. The VandenEnde Foundation focuses on young talents in theatre, dance, music, film and television. The Prins Bernard Culture Fund manages various registered funds, a number of which also support studies, such as the Burger-Dominicus Fund for dancers and the Sonata Fund for classical music. The NHBos Foundation has grants for landscape architecture students, the EFL Foundation contributes to study trips for architecture students. Algemeen Fonds voor Onbemiddelde Muziekstudenten (AFVOMS) gives donations to conservatory students. The Academy of Theatre and Dance has the Hanny Veldkamp Fund and Jan Kassies Fund for the financial support of talented students.

Part-time courses

Most of the part-time courses are followed by students who already have a job. A scholarship via DUO is therefore only applicable if you want to do a project or follow-up study abroad. Students finance their studies from their own income. In some cases, the study costs are partially deductible from your tax.

Developing yourself professionally is important for your sustainable employability and earning capacity within the sector. If you invest in your professional development, investigate whether PPO (Permanent Professional Development) might want to contribute to it. The PPO fund was founded in 2020 by the Arbeidsmarkt Culturele en Creatieve Toekomst (ACCT) platform.