In: Clarissa Alberg26 Mar 2012
For the students with Dutch nationalities attending a University (WO) or a University of applied science (HBO) the “free” money date has recently passed. Which means that most clubs and shops (hence the weather) will be filled again.
But of course this money isn’t totally free. There is a certain time limit stuck to it, in which you as a Dutch student must finish your studies otherwise this free money becomes a not so free loan.
Free money for international students?
Yes! This is possible, however, this is only available if you have a nationality from a country belonging to the European Union (E.U), European Economic Area (E.E.A) or Switzerland. So much for bureaucracy.
Do you have a job in the Netherlands?
If your answer is “yes” then all you need is an official contract of your employer and you need to work at least 32 hours a month. If you answer is “No” then get a job… (hihi)
When surfing on the DUO website, which is the website which arranges these student loans, you can find all information needed. This website is however in Dutch, which I find very astonishing, because even the questionnaire you will have to fill in order to qualify is in Dutch.
If you are experiencing lots of difficulties with the questionnaire you can also visit the DUO office. It is a 3-minute walk from the Wilheminaplein subway station, thus very reachable.
Tip: Do not lie to the Dutch government about having a job, because at the end of every year they verify all given information and if your given info is wrong, you WILL have to pay back everything. You can even expect them to ask for every salary slip you have received.
One of your parents works in the Netherlands, has lived here for 5 years and has a nationality from E.U, E.E.A or Switzerland?
If you can answer all these questions with a yes, then there are requirements for you. These mainly entail your age, type of university and nationality. Again most information is given in Dutch, so ask a Dutch friend for help of stop by the DUO office.
Are you an international student whom is married to a Dutch citizen with a nationality from E.U, E.E.A or Switzerland?
Answered yes again? Well, then again you have the option of getting this “free money”.
Did you answer “no” at all of the above-mentioned requirements?
Don’t worry; you can still apply for a loan! It is however a bit different than the “free money”. The name already says it. It is a full loan, which you will have to fully pay back with interest. You can find this form here.
I know how difficult student life can be, from the not paying rent certain months to the not enough groceries. But that is actually what real student life is all about. You will not die from this you will only get skinny and funny stories and you can be the grandmother or grandfather with experience!
Now get your info! Go apply! Get some money and go grocery shopping! Cheers!
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