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Government support for entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurial students and student finance

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Since September 2015, students in the Netherlands who have their own business are allowed to earn unlimited incomeExternal link. Since September 2015 the basic student grant has been abolishedExternal link. Instead, students can apply for a loanExternal link. However, these changes do not apply to students in secondary vocational education (Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs, MBO).

Old student finance system

Students in the Netherlands who have their own business and receive student finance based on the student finance system before September 2015, may receive reduced study grants and loans, depending on their earnings. If your total (business) income does not exceed a limitExternal link, your student grants and loans may only be partly reduced. If you are running your own business during the last year of your study programme, you may keep the profits in full after having graduated.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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