Are you a full-time student whose studies have been delayed in the academic year 2017-2018 as a result of circumstances beyond your control? In this case, you may be eligible for financial compensation from Utrecht University, providing:

  • you receive a student grant from DUO and
  • you started your programme in September 2015 or later and receive a student loan and student travel card (OV) from DUO 

Submitting an application for fincancial compensation

Send an email to the Student Counsellors:

When considering whether you will be eligible for financial compensation, we take into account how often you have been in contact with your study advisor. However, it may be useful to submit a request even if you have not yet got round to this. We do not take into consideration whether or not it is possible to take the courses you missed again the following academic year. 

Conditions for qualifying

  • The circumstances are beyond your control: 
    • Illness
    • Exceptional family circumstances
    • Pregnancy and giving birth
    • Disability or a chronic illness
    • Programme offering insufficient opportunity for completion
    • Other / hardship clause
  • You have consulted in good time (i.e. within 3 months of the situation arising) with a study advisor, student counsellor or student psychologist about minimising the delay or temporarily suspending your studies and terminating your student grant if your studies are already delayed by 3 months.
  • Your studies have been delayed when you received your student grant.
  • You have not yet graduated from the degree programme for which you are requesting compensation.
  • You received a student grant at some time for the degree programme for which you are requesting compensation.
  • When these circumstances occured, you were enrolled as a full-time student at Utrecht University and you paid your tuition fees.

It is possible to request financial compensation for your study delay until 31 January 2019, 23.59 (CET). For more information, please refer to your Student Counsellor, via Student Services.


You are only compensated for months in which you received a grant (‘prestatiebeurs’) and the height of financial compensation corresponds with the length (expressed in months) of your study delay.

The financial compensation provided will be equal to the amount of grant you received in the final month of the academic year in which the circumstances occurred. For most people, this is August. If you suspended your studies and terminated your student grant before this, you will receive a financial compenation equal to the amount of grant you last received in the academic year 2017-2018.


  • Payment will be made after you have received the decision,
  • Payment will be in monthly instalments.
  • You will start receiving compensation in the month after the month in which your application was received.
  • You can ask for the payments to start at a later date. The compensation paid is tax-free.

Payment will only be made if you are enrolled as a student at Utrecht University and you have paid your tuition fees. If you are enrolled at another institute of higher education, you can apply for payment to be made by that institution.

Special provisions

In case of study delays caused by disability or chronic illness, the Student Counsellor will determine whether your request is eligible for an extension of your student grant by an extra 12 months by DUO. Utrecht University applies a compulsory sequence for applying for financial assistance:

  1. Extension of the DUO student grant.
  2. Financial compensation.

If the request is approved, the support received from DUO will be taken into account. This means that if you have already been awarded a 12 months’ extension, you cannot receive financial compensation until the 13th and subsequent months in which your studies have been delayed.

Only in case of a negative ruling by DUO, will you be able to submit a request through the student counsellor for financial compensation on the grounds of a study delay caused by disability/chronic illness.

More information

  • Financial provisions for students with a handicap or chronic illness.
  • Student Counsellor, via Student Services: for more information about regulations relating to student grants for students with a disability or chronic illness/