I am a British national studying in the Netherlands, but due to the COVID-19 restrictions I am or was temporarily living outside the Netherlands. How does Brexit affect me?

You may lose your entitlement to student finance and have to pay higher tuition fees as of the 2021/2022 academic year. This depends on whether you came to live in the Netherlands again before 1 January 2021 and whether you had been living outside the Netherlands for more than 6 months. The new arrangements agreed by the EU and the UK have not changed this.

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If you are a British student living outside the Netherlands there may be consequences for your student finance and tuition fees. Only if you fall under the withdrawal agreement will you still be entitled to receive student finance and to pay statutory tuition fees, provided you still meet the other conditions. Check the table below to see how you will be affected.

Impact of Brexit on British nationals outside the Netherlands studying online at a Dutch institution
Date of return to/arrival in the Netherlands Duration of stay outside the Netherlands Student finance and tuition fees Required for residence in the Netherlands
Returning to the Netherlands before 1 January 2021 Not relevant You are entitled to receive student finance and pay the statutory tuition fees for the entire duration of your course. Apply for a residence permit before 1 July 2021
Returning to the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 Less than 6 months You are entitled to receive student finance and pay the statutory tuition fees for the entire duration of your course. Apply for a residence permit  before 1 July 2021
Returning to the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 More than 6 months and you have been living in the Netherlands for less than 5 years As of January 2021 you will not receive student finance. As of the 2021/2022 academic year you must pay institutional fees which are higher than statutory fees. Apply for a residence permit for study purposes
Returning to the Netherlands after 31 December 2020 More than 6 months but you have been living in the Netherlands for more than 5 years Depends on situation Contact the IND. What you need to do depends on your situation.
Moving to the Netherlands for the first time after 31 December 2020 You have not previously lived in the Netherlands As of January 2021 you will not receive student finance. As of the 2021/2022 academic year you must pay institutional fees which are higher than statutory fees. Apply for a residence permit for study purposes

Applying for a residence permit from outside the Netherlands

If you fall under the withdrawal agreement you can apply for a residence permit before 1 July 2021. You can start the application from abroad, but you must be in the Netherlands to have your fingerprints and a passport photo taken by the IND. You must also be in the Netherlands to receive the permit. The procedure for applying for a residence permit for study purposes is different.