Students who wish to be actively involved in a board of a university management or participation body may be entitled to financial support from Utrecht University in the form of a management participation grant (henceforth knows as bestuursbeurs).

If you would like to be actively involved in the management of a student organisation, go to www.bestuurlijkactiefutrecht.nl to find out more about the financial options available to you.

CONDITIONS FOR A BESTUURSBEURS

You are a member of a university management or participation body and are enrolled at Utrecht University for the full academic year.

HOW AND UNTIL WHEN CAN YOU APPLY FOR A BESTUURSBEURS?

Submit your application via the faculty office. Student members of the University Council should submit the application to the Executive Board through its secretariat. They will receive information about the application procedure in mid-July.

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year must be submitted no later than 31 August 2021.

HOW MUCH DO I RECEIVE AS BESTUURSBEURS?

That depends on:

The dean of your degree programme bestuursbeurs the time investment for each management position. For student members of the University Council, this is laid down in the regulations themselves.

This time investment gives an indication of the expected delay in the student’s studies. The time investment in turn determines the amount of the bestuursbeurs.

The bestuursbeurs consists of a basic amount that depends on the time investment and is linked to part of the Standard Amount for Higher Education as stated in Article 318 of the Student Finance Act 2000 (Wet Studiefinanciering 2000, Wsf 2000) according to the level on 1 January 2020. Everyone receives this amount.

Besides the basic amount, you can also receive a supplement for the tuition fees you pay. There are three types of tuition fees:

  • Statutory tuition fees; this supplement is paid out together with the basic amount. No tuition fees supplement is paid to students who make use of the Flexible Study experiment.
  • Higher statutory tuition fees for students of the UCU, UCR and PPE bachelor’s programmes; this supplement is paid out together with the basic amount. No tuition fees supplement is paid to students who make use of the Flexible Study experiment.
  • Institutional tuition fees; part or all of this supplement is only paid out at the end of the academic year if your studies have actually been delayed due to carrying out your management position.

Explanation

Your management position is linked to a time investment (see above) and the expected delay of x months in your studies. If your studies have been delayed by x months or more, you will receive a supplement for the institutional tuition fees. If your studies have been delayed by less than x months, you will receive an allowance in accordance with the number of months your studies are delayed.

Two examples

  • Kimora is japanese and studying for a research master’s degree in Sciences. She is on the faculty board. Membership of this body takes up 2 half-days a week, which corresponds to three months’ delay in her studies.
    The basic annual amount for her position is €2,154.18.
    At the end of the academic year it is clear that Sharon’s studies have been delayed by three months. She will receive a supplement for the institional tuition fees of €2,047.30.
  • Patricia is American and studying for a one-year master’s degree in the Arts and Humanities. She is on the faculty board. Membership of this body takes up 3 half-days a week, which corresponds to four months’ delay in her studies.
    The basic annual amount for her position is €3,231.22.
    At the end of the academic year it is clear that Patricia’s studies have been delayed by two months. She will receive a supplement for the institutional tuition fees of €1,707.80.

Students who receive a supplementary grant from DUO receive an additional allowance. In this case, the dean or the executive board will ask for:

  • A copy of the notice from DUO stating the amount of the supplementary grant in September 2020. You will have received this notice in October or November 2019;
  • A statement from Student Services. To receive a statement, send a scan of the notice from DUO to bestuurlijkactiefuu@uu.nl. Enter in the subject line: bestuursbeurs and statement of supplementary grant from DUO

The Minister of Education has given permission for the Executive Board to allow student members of the University Council and the student assessors of faculty boards to participate in the Flexible Study experiment.

They must take courses worth at least 15 credits. However, they do not receive any supplement for the statutory or higher statutory tuition fees.

Please note that students who are studying one of the flexible degree programmes at our university and pay statutory tuition fees may also make use of Flexible Study. In that case they will not receive any supplement for the statutory tuition fees.

Download the table with the annual amounts for 2020-2021 and the expected delay in studies.

TAX-EXEMPT

The management participation grant and any supplement add up to an annual amount, which is paid out in equal monthly instalments and is exempt from tax.

OFFICIAL RULES AND MORE INFORMATION

  • Download the official regulations for the 2020-2021 academic year (pdf).
  • More information on management participation grants for faculty management bodies can be obtained from the administrative office of your degree programme or faculty.
  • The student members of the University Council will receive information and an application form via the University Council secretariat.