Financial aid for students

For students who are in financial trouble because of the current Corona crisis and are unable to provide for themselves, we have listed a few options and suggestions.

Students of the KABK may be eligible under certain conditions for the following grants and scholarships:

Faculty grants

KABK students who have not yet obtained their Dutch (bachelor or master) degree for which they are registered at the University of the Arts The Hague, can receive one-time financial support from the Profiling Fund (Profileringsfonds), max €2.500,- when:

  • the student has experienced a study delay beyond their control, with no right to DUO student finance (https://duo.nl)

or

  • in the course of their studies at the University of the Arts The Hague, the student encounters serious and insolvable financial shortcomings, that lays outside the students’ sphere of influence and could not have been foreseen prior to starting the degree, and for which no DUO provisions are available.

For more information, contact the student counsellor, Mirjam Pol.

Parents of School of Young Talent students who are able to demonstrate a low income (<€37,000) and/or special family circumstances may apply for compensation to help cover class fees. The application period ends on 1 November of the relevant school year.

For more information please see: School voor Jong Talent > Praktische zaken > Fondsen

Parents of School of Young Talent students who are able to demonstrate a low income may apply for compensation to help cover various study expenses. (Documents must be submitted to demonstrate income). The allowance may cover excursion expenses, clothing costs, master classes, travel expenses or costs related to a host family. The amounts vary between €500 and €1,750, and are awarded annually.

​National initiatives

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and 48 Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences. This scholarship is only meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the EU, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.

The scholarship is € 5,000 and is awarded once (only the 1st year of study). Please note that this scholarship covers living expenses and does not cover tuition fees.

The Holland Scholarship is exclusively available to new students who have not studied in a Dutch higher education institution before. Due to the limited number (five in total) of available scholarships, Holland Scholarships will exclusively be awarded to new students of exceptionally high level.

For more information visit www.studyinholland.nl

Applications need to be submitted before the 1st of May.

Please send your application to international@kabk.nl including the following:

1. Name
2. Student number (studielink)
3. Department applying to or have been accepted
4. Motivation letter for scholarship

The VSB Fund awards 165 scholarships to talented students every year. Of these, the University of the Arts The Hague receives two scholarships and a reserve grant. The amount awarded ranges between €7,000 and €10,000 per scholarship. Additional costs are covered in the case that the scholarship is awarded to a student with a disability.

Students who have a Dutch nationality or can prove that they are permanent citizens of the Netherlands, are invited to apply for a VSBFonds scholarship. This scholarship is specifically meant for following a master or carrying out research abroad. One of the most important selection criteria is, “How will the Dutch society benefit from your study abroad? What are you giving back to the society?”

Application deadline is 1st of March.

For further information, please contact Aparajita Dutta, Head of International Affairs, University of the Arts The Hague.

The CvB (College van Bestuur) has announced that students with refugee status are eligible for payment of the statutory tuition fee for enrolment in a full-time degree programme. The WHW (Higher education and Research Act) offers this unique opportunity.

How to finance your study at the KABK as a non-Dutch student

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are younger than 30 years old when they start studying at the KABK can apply for a regular loan and a tuition fee loan with DUO.

In order to be eligible for a regular loan, you will have to work in the Netherlands for at least 56 hours per month, with an official contract.

The benefit of a regular loan is that in case your parents have a low income, you might also be eligible for a supplementary grant (that you don’t have to pay back when you graduate within 10 years).

The Dutch and English terms (amounts per month 2019-20):

Regular loan€494,39 (or more if you want to)
Supplementary grant€403,17
Tuition fee loan€173,58
Student Travel ProductFor free

Do you pay an institutional tuition fee instead of the statutory tuition fee?

Then the tuition fee loan can be up to € 892.75 per month.

You always have to pay back the loan. The student travel product and the supplementary grant are converted into a gift if you graduate within 10 years. Otherwise, you have to repay those as well.

For more information about a regular loan and possibly a supplementary grant, click here

For a tuition fee loan, there is no obligation of working 56 hours per month.
For more information click here.

Students who start their higher education after 2018, have 35 years to pay back the loan(s). You do not have to repay your student debt immediately. If your student finance ends, the start-up phase starts on 1 January of the following year. This is a 2-year period in which you do not have to repay yet. The interest will continue during this phase.

The repayment phase starts after the start-up phase of 2 years. From then on, you will be required to repay monthly. How much you have to repay per month depends on the amount of your debt and the interest. DUO can take your income into account. Interest rates, established for periods of five years, are practically zero. You can use this calculator tool . (The tool is available in Dutch only. Via the drop-down you can choose the last year in which you were entitled to a scholarship, loan or student travel product (public transport card) in order to see the interest rate).

EU/EEA/Swiss students who are older than 30 years old when they start studying at the KABK can apply for a lifelong learning loan with DUO.

For more information, click here.

Non-EU/EEA students are expected to be able to fund their study programme by themselves. The only possible fund is the Holland Scholarship, but they provide for only a very small amount of the total study and living costs for the full programme of four years.

Non-EU/EEA students could work as a freelancer or try to find a job. In case you would like to work besides the study, your employer will need to have a special Work Permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning), meaning that it might be hard to find a job. Also, due to the study load of the programmes, it turns out to be a tricky combination in practice, working, and studying at the same time.

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