Please note! The information below only applies to students who receive a student grant from DUO.

If you are a full-time student and your studies have been delayed as a result of circumstances beyond your control, you may be able to receive financial compensation from Utrecht University.

Conditions for qualifying for financial compensation
  • The circumstances need to be beyond your control.
    What is considered to be circumstances beyond one's control in 2015 - 2016?
    - Illness
    - Exceptional family circumstances
    - Pregnancy and giving birth
    - Disability or a chronic illness
    - Programme offering insufficient opportunity for completion
    - Hardship clause
  • You have consulted in good time (i.e. within 5 months of the situation arising) 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 5 months;
  • Your studies are delayed during the period of 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;
  • During the period of the circumstances, you were enrolled as a full-time student at Utrecht University and also paid tuition fees.
Application procedure for financial compensation

You can request financial compensation for your study delay at the end of the academic year involved. This is possible until 31 December, 23.59.
Further information about conditions and the procedure can be obtained from a Student Counsellor, via Student Services.

Amount and payment of financial compensation

As a rule, the height of financial compensation corresponds with the length (expressed in months) of the study delay. Of course, you are only compensated for months in which you received a grant (‘prestatiebeurs’). In considering the amount of financial compensation due, we also take into account how often you have seen or spoken with your student advisors. However, it may be useful to file a request even if you haven’t been in contact with your study advisor at all. The issue when a certain course or module you missed can be attended again in the new academic year is not taken into consideration.  

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 previously, the assistance payable will be equal to the amount of grant you last received in the academic year 2015 - 2016.


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

Please note: 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

Disability or chronic illness

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

  • Extension of the DUO student grant is considered first;
  • Financial compensation comes second

If the request is approved, the support received from DUO will be taken into account. This means that if you have already been awarded 12 months’ extension, you cannot receive financial compensation until the 13th and subsequent months in which your studies are delayed.
Only in case of a negative ruling by DUO will you be able to file a request at your student counselor for financial compensation after the fact on the grounds of a study delay caused by a disablement.

More information
For more information about regulations relating to student grants for students with a disability or chronical illness, please contact the Student Counsellor, via Student Services. Also read more about financial provisions for students with a handicap or chronic illnes.