During the specified period for earning a diploma, have you been unfit for work due to an occupational disability to such an extent that you are unable to earn more than 20 percent of the reference income through your work, and such that you are eligible for a benefit under the Invalidity Insurance (Young Disabled Persons) Act (Wajong)?

You may request DUO to immediately convert your entire performance-linked grant into a gift. The same applies to any monthly performance-linked grant instalments that you have not yet received.

It is not necessary for the Student Counsellor to intervene with regard to this request, although it is advisable to make an appointment with a Student Counsellor before submitting the request. As of 1 January 2010, the rules under the Invalidity Insurance (Young Disabled Persons) Act (Wajong) have changed and decisions based on the 'old' Act are different than those based on the 'new' Act. Hence, you should consult the Student Counsellor about whether you can actually be considered eligible for this provision. You may also consult the Student Counsellor about when to submit the application.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule an appointment with a Student Counsellor at Student Services. Take the first decision from the agency paying the benefit (UWV) along with you when you meet the Student Counsellor. Together with you, the Student Counsellor will consider whether you qualify for this provision and discuss the further procedure to be followed.