The interest rate on student loans is being cut to 0% next year, but the total debt accumulated by students has now reached almost €16bn, the Financieele Dagblad said on Thursday.
That is a rise of almost 60% compared with 2010, the paper said. Student grants were scrapped at the start of the last academic year.
According to figures from student loan body DUO, two-thirds of university and college students have taken out a loan to help pay for their studies. In total, 791,000 students and former students have a debt to repay.
Last year, family spending institute Nibud said the low interest rate on loans was prompting many students to borrow money to save or spend on non-study related items.
On average a student has built up a debt of €15,000 when graduating, but experts say this will rise to €21,000 because grants have now been scrapped and students have to borrow more.
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