I am planning on studying in the Netherlands but I am wondering how people are planning on funding their studies.
It seems the only way to afford the living expenses over there without delving into large sums of savings is to work whilst studying. How difficult is it to find work if you don't speak Dutch? In the major towns such as Groningen.
Also, it appears that in January 2014 there will be changes made to the finance available, instead of working for 32 hours/month and being eligible for extra financial support, it seems it will change to 56 hours/ month. Would this change affect people starting their degree in 2013, or just those starting after January 2014?
Thanks for any help provided!
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- Thread Starter
- 12-04-2013 17:08
- 15-04-2013 12:51
- 20-04-2013 20:43
Sorry to butt in but I'm also slightly confused about the funding situation in the Netherlands
So far I have learnt this:
- Everyone from the UK qualifies for the tuition fees loan
- You qualify for something if you work 32/56 hours
- You can apply for grants but don't hold out much hope
Am I correct? Is there anything I've missed?
Also I'm a bit confused by the DUO website. I've been pointed here as the answer to all my questions but it isn't! Further confusion.
Basically I understand that there is no living cost help (right?), so where else are other people looking? UK bank loans?
- 22-04-2013 13:46
Yeah, you're mostly right. Take a look at the links in my post above. You get the tuition fee loan ("Collegegeldkrediet") just for being an EU citizen (so all Brits qualify, as you said.) Then, if you take paid employment, you get "Studiefinanciering", which comprises a) €266.23 per month as a grant, b) an extra €244.60 per month, also a grant, if you are particularly needy (you have to fill out forms and so on to demonstrate that you need the money). This extra money can also possibly be taken as a loan if you do not meed the need requirements. c) an extra €283.86 per month on top of that, as a loan, if you want it. Plus remember you also get d) your salary for your 32 hrs/week.