In certain cases, Utrecht University can provide financial support to (international) students who fall behind schedule in their studies, due to circumstances beyond their control.

We refer to this financial support as graduation support.

If you are a Dutch student, please find the information on graduation support (Afstudeersteun) on, as different rules and regulations apply.

In principle, the Executive Board will make its decision eight weeks after you have submitted the supporting information digitally.

The coronacrisis may lead to study delay. On our page Financial matters and housing you can find an overview of important financial matters and regulations regarding this subject.

Did you experience a study delay in the academic year 2019-2020? Then you might be eligible for financial compensation, also called graduation support. You can submit a digital application between 1 September 2020 and 31 January 2021.

It is not possible to apply for graduation support for earlier academic years.

  • You are only entitled to graduation support if you belong to one of the following categories:
    • You started a bachelor's degree at UU in the 2016-2017 academic year
    • You started a one-year master's degree at UU in the 2018-2019 academic year
    • You started a two-year master's degree at UU in the 2017-2018 academic year
    • You started a three-year master's degree at UU in the 2016-2017 academic year
    • For a bachelor’s degree: you have fallen behind in your studies in 2017-2018 and/or 2018-2019 due to circumstances beyond your control
    • For a one-year master’s degree: you have fallen behind in your studies in 2018-2019 due to circumstances beyond your control.
    • For a two-year masters;s degree: you have fallen behind in your studies in 2017-2018 and/or 2018-2019 due to circumstances beyond your control
    • For a three-year maste’s degree: you have fallen behind in your studies in 2017-2018 and/or in 2018-2019 due to circumstances beyond your control
  • Examples of circumstances (not an exhaustive list):
    • Illness
    • Exceptional family circumstances (death or illness of a parent/sibling)
    • Pregnancy and child-birth (note: no compensation is possible for the period after the birth)
    • Disability or chronic illness
    • Insufficient feasibility of the programme​
    • Other (e.g. your student room has been destroyed by fire). In that case, you may appeal to the hardship clause. 
  • You have consulted a study advisor, student counsellor or student psychologist promptly (within 3 months of the circumstance arising) and discussed how to limit the delay, or whether or not to stop your studies (and student grant) temporarily if the delay is more than 3 months. If you do not report on time, you can still submit an application. In that case, you will not be reimbursed for the full period that you have fallen behind in your studies.
  • You have not yet graduated for the bachelor’s or master’s degree programme for which you are submitting an application for graduation support.
  • During the period when the circumstance arose, you were enrolled as a full-time student at Utrecht University, and had also paid the tuition fees to Utrecht University.
  • For flexible students this is only possible:
    • for the part that you have already said in advance you wish to take as flexible study.
    • if you are unable to complete this part due to circumstances beyond your control, as referred to in the Financial support scheme in cases of circumstances beyond one's control (Regeling Financiële steun op grond van overmacht)

You can apply for graduation support after the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, between 1 September 2019 and 1 October 2019.

Step 1

Log on to OSIRIS Student and select the tab ‘Cases’. Go to ‘My Cases’ and select ‘Application for graduation support 2018-2019’. A frequently occurring problem is that the pop-up in OSIRIS Case is blocked on your computer and will initially not be visible. You can solve this by permitting the pop-up.
Fill in the form as fully as possible. You must submit this form digitally by 30 September 2019 at the latest.

Step 2

After you have submitted the digital application form, you will receive an email confirming receipt. Within ten working days you will receive an invitation to submit (upload) a number of additional items of supporting information via OSIRIS Case (documents including your personal statement and a study advisor's statement). This will enable the university to assess whether you meet the conditions. You must submit these document via OSIRIS Case within three weeks of receiving the invitation.

This instruction explains what counts as supporting information and how you must provide it.

Example: you submit your digital application on 27 September. You then have until 18 October to submit the supporting information.

Utrecht University will provide graduation support for up to 3 months' delay in your studies in one academic year. When deciding on the period of support, whether or not (and how frequently) you were in contact with your study advisor will be taken into account. Even if you have not had contact with your study advisor, it is still worth submitting an application.

When determining the period of delay, the starting point is a regular study load of 60 credits per academic year.

The amount of financial support is € 425 per month delay in your studies.

Payment will be made after you have received the decision, and will be in monthly instalments. The amount is tax-free and will be paid into your account at the end of the month, usually around the 26th. The university makes no exceptions to this.