In the Netherlands, measures are in place to control the spread of the coronavirus. These measures have a major impact on everyone's life. As a student, you too have to deal with the consequences of shutting down public life: you may have lost your student-job or you may have to leave your room because the student you were subletting from has come back earlier than planned, from an exchange abroad. Below you’ll find some tips and information on housing and and an overview of important financial matters and regulations.

Due to the corona crisis DUO (the Education Executive Agency) has taken a number of measures. For more information please see the DUO website.

The following are examples of the measures for students with a right to student finance (DUO):

  • You are allowed to take out a maximum student loan. Also in retrospect.
  • You might be able to extend the loan of DUO, after your study finance has stopped.
  • You could possibly apply for extra financial contributions when you have received supplementary grants for the last time in the period June 2020 up to and including August 2021.
  • You are possibly eligible for a compensation for extra costs due to study delay.
  • Your right to the student travel product (OV-card) might be extended for three months when you still had a right to his product in March 2020.
  • DUO will be lenient with the 56-hours requirement for EU-students until December 2020. DUO will not be lenient for EU students who have applied for study finance from September 2020 or later.

Please visit the DUO website for more in-depth information on these measures, the conditions that apply the most up-to-date information.

The corona crisis might lead to study delays. The Minister of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) does not allow universities to offer financial compensation for this type of study delay via the profiling fund.

The Dutch government has however made arrangements, which are applicable only to master’s students.

Anyone who will obtain a master’s degree between 1 September 2020 up to and including 31 August 2021, will receive a one-off compensatory sum, equal to up to three months of statutory tuition fees. This works out to €535 for students graduating from a higher education institution. This also applies to students who pay non-statutory institutional fees, for example international students. They will receive a one-off compensation of €535.

Conditions:
You were enrolled on a publicly funded education programme for at least 1 month in both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

This is a fixed amount, meaning that it does not matter if you obtain your master degree in October 2020 or in August 2021. If you obtain your master's degree before February 2021, you will receive the amount in March. If you obtain your master's degree after January 2021, more information will follow.

Be advised: The payment of the compensation will be arranged by DUO, and therefore does not influence the amount of tuition fees you will have to pay to the university for the academic year 2020-2021.

If your details are known to DUO, you do not have to do anything and DUO will automatically transfer the compensation. The aim is to have this compensation transferred by 31 March 2021 at the latest. If any details are missing, DUO will contact you to request them. In that case, it will take longer for you to receive the money.

(Foreign) students who go or live abroad and students who are not involved with DUO, can provide a foreign address at the municipality where they were last registered, then this will be entered in the Non-Residents Register (RNI). This information is then also sent to DUO. In this way, DUO can contact you in writing to request any missing data. For more information, please consult the DUO website.

Are you a non-EU/EEA student and you are paying the institutional fee?

Utrecht University will make arrangements for non-EU/EEA students who are paying the institutional fee and who, as a result of the limiting measures put in place by the government due to the corona crisis are unable to graduate in the current academic year (2019-2020). Both upcoming graduates of bachelor’s and master’s programmes belonging to this group will not pay the institutional fee, but the statutory fee in 2020-2021 for the period (in months) needed to complete the missing parts of their curriculum.

Non-EU/EEA students paying the institutional tuition fee have been informed via email about the formal requirements and the application procedure.

When you are experiencing special personal circumstances as a result of the corona crisis (for example falling ill, family circumstances or informal care), which lead to study delays, then you might be eligible for financial compensation based on the profiling fund (financial assistance for graduation). Please visit our website about graduation support - circumstances beyond your control to find what the conditions are to be considered for financial assistance.

Are you a non-EU/EEA student and are you paying the institutional fee? And have you experienced special personal circumstances due to the corona crisis (for example falling ill with corona, family circumsances or informal care)?
You are possibly eligible for both financial support (if you meet the conditions) and for a reduction of the institutional fee.

In this scenario the arrangement also applies that those who are unable to graduate in the current academic year (2019-2020) due to corona will not pay the institutional fee, but the statutory fee in 2020-2021 for the period (in months) needed to complete the missing parts of their curriculum.

Currently, there is no reduction or refund of tuition fees. Students must pay the full amount of tuition fees for 2020-2021. 

More information about financial measures with regards to the tuition fees for the academic year 2020-2021 can be found under the two FAQ questions above. 

Do you have acute financial problems? The Utrecht University Fund has started a crowdfunding initiative to help students in financial difficulties. Students who need tools to study, but are unable to purchase them because of their financial situation, can also appeal to the fund. Think for example of the purchase of a laptop or special software for students with a disability. You can contact the fund via info@ufonds.nl

More information.

Were you abroad for study or an internship at the time of the outbreak of the coronavirus, and were you advised by the university to return to Utrecht as soon as possible? If so, the university will reimburse (part of) the costs you had to incur. For Utrecht University students: extra costs for your return trip that are not reimbursed by the insurance company, will be reimbursed by the UU. All students concerned will receive an email about this. Exchange students from other universities should address this question to the institution in which they are enrolled.

The government has a special page on questions about the influence of the coronavirus on money matters (in general): the Moneywise Platform. Here you will find financial tips, tips for finding a job or additional job, and information about helping with financial worries. 

Until 30 August 2021, students who live in the Utrecht Science Park and who have a car, can temporarily park for free with a parking pass in four car parks. After 30 August we will return to the pre-corona situation and normal parking rates will apply.

The parking pass allows you to park in the car parks P4 - Sorbonnelaan, P6 - Padualaan, P7 - Jenalaan and P11 - Yalelaan. You can pick up your parking pass at the service desk of the Educatorium at Leuvenlaan 19 during opening hours. When you come to collect your pass, you need to show your student card, your rental contract and the registration card of your car. You can contact the parking management department via parkeerbeheer@uu.nl if you have questions about parking.

You can find more information on finding housing on www.uu.nl/housing

Please be aware that when you enter into a rental agreement you are required to pay the monthly rent as of the start of the rental period. This means that if you arrive later in the year, irrespective of the reason for your belated arrival, you will still have to pay the rent per the start date of the agreement. 

In case you were earning € 400,- or more during February 2020 by means of part-time employment, and your income from this employment decreased due to the corona crisis, you might be eligible for a financial arrangement via UWV (Employee Insurance Agency). Information about the requirements and conditions for this arrangement and other UWV arrangements, can be found on this UWV page (only in Dutch). Or contact UWV directly.