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Corona & higher education

Corona & higher education

On this page, we answer frequently asked questions about the corona virus in higher education for students. Given the rapid developments of the virus, the most recent updates can best be found on the website of the National Government.

Student hotline COVID-19

Do you encounter problems with the coronavirus within your study, are you worried about something, or do you have a great idea? Let us know about it via this form. This helps us to get a better picture of the problems, challenges and solutions.

Study delay

What does the corona crisis mean for my BSA?

For the academic year 2020-2021, the following measures apply for the BSA:

  • Universities of applied sciences offer the possibility to obtain the BSA norm in the next academic year. This means that you will have more time to obtain the required number of credits.
  • The universities have decided that the BSA still applies, but for many programmes the BSA norm has been relaxed. This means that you will need to obtain fewer points than normal for a positive BSA.

Please note: always check with your own educational institution what the BSA norm is. This is because it can differ for every study and institution!

Are you afraid that you will not achieve the BSA norm? Colleges and universities try to guide and advise you as best as possible. Therefore, make sure to inform your study advisor in time. Together you can then look at the possibilities. Think for example of extra guidance, extra lessons or a study space if your home situation is not ideal for studying.

Can I get financial compensation if my studies are delayed because of the corona crisis?

It is possible that your studies are delayed for reasons related to the corona crisis, with all the financial consequences this entails (tuition fees, rent, increasing loans, etc.). The ISO is therefore pushing for financial compensation for students who are delayed because of the corona crisis. At the moment, there are two types of compensation for students:

Do you graduate between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021? Then you will receive a concession of €535. This concerns a higher professional education diploma (associate degree, bachelor and master) or a master degree at the university. International students in publicly funded education will also receive one €535 concession.

Were you last entitled to a supplementary grant between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2023? If so, you may be eligible for a one-off contribution of €1,500. For more information about the concession, go to the DUO website.

Can I go on to a Master's programme this year if I have not yet obtained my Bachelor's degree?

Normally, you can only progress to a master’s degree once you have obtained a bachelor’s degree. However, because of the corona crisis, many students have been delayed and still have to complete parts of their bachelor’s programme. Does this also apply to you? Then you can start your master’s programme under certain conditions. This is a temporary measure of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The condition is that you still obtain your bachelor’s degree within a set period of time (maximum 1 year). Consult with your study advisor about the exact rules, because they can differ per programme.

Compensation

Can I get financial compensation if my studies are delayed because of the corona crisis?

It is possible that your studies are delayed for reasons related to the corona crisis, with all the financial consequences this entails (tuition fees, rent, increasing loans, etc.). The ISO is therefore pushing for financial compensation for students who are delayed because of the corona crisis. At the moment, there are two types of compensation for students:

Do you graduate between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021? Then you will receive a concession of €535. This concerns a higher professional education diploma (associate degree, bachelor and master) or a master degree at the university. International students in publicly funded education will also receive one €535 concession.

Were you last entitled to a supplementary grant between 1 June 2020 and 31 August 2023? If so, you may be eligible for a one-off contribution of €1,500. For more information about the concession, go to the DUO website.

When am I entitled to compensation from the Profileringsfonds?

In cooperation with the Landelijk Studenten Rechtsbureau, the ISO has drawn up an informative document with more information on the rights in the event of study delay. The government’s most recent service document states that students who have incurred or are expecting to incur a delay to their studies because they have been ill themselves due to the coronavirus, because they need to care for sick family members or because they have to combine studying with raising their child(ren), can claim the profiling fund. Students who are delayed in their studies for other reasons will not be able to make use of this fund.

How much tuition fee do I pay for the academic year 2021-2022?

On Wednesday 17 February, the Cabinet announced that 8.5 billion will be invested in education through the National Education Programme. For students, the most important support measure from this programme is the halving of tuition fees for the academic year 2021-2022. Are you studying in the 2021-2022 academic year at a government-funded (i.e. non-private) college or university? Then you will receive a 50% discount on the statutory tuition fees for that year. Read more about reduced tuition fees on the website of National Programme Education.

Proctoring

Is my study alowed to use online proctoring?

Institutions can decide for themselves which form of testing they find most suitable for what they want to test. It therefore differs per programme whether online proctoring is used for distance testing. In April 2021, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven answered parliamentary questions about online proctoring. She stated that it is permitted for study programmes to use online proctoring, provided they comply with the AVG legislation. Students must also be able to object based on their specific situation.

Do you have doubts about a specific case or do you have other legal questions? If so, you can contact the Landelijk Studenten Rechtsbureau (LSR).

The ISO believes that online proctoring has a considerable impact on students’ privacy. According to the ISO, alternative methods of remote testing should therefore be considered before proctoring takes place online. If online proctoring does have to be used, then this must be clearly communicated to students and it must be clear what the rights of students are, what is done with the images and for how long they are in the possession of whom. The ISO also considers it important that privacy protocols at institutions should be established together with students.

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Voor informatie over studiefinanciering en het leenstelsel kan je vaak terecht bij de Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs (DUO). 

Voor juridische vragen of klachten kan je contact opnemen met het Landelijk Studenten Rechtsbureau (LSR). 

Voor vragen over toegankelijkheid van het hoger onderwijs en studeren met een ondersteuningsvraag kan je terecht op de website Hoger Onderwijs Toegankelijk. 

Ben je mbo-student? JOB is de landelijke jongerenorganisatie die mbo-studenten een stem geeft in het onderwijs. 

Ben je scholier? Het Landelijk Aktie Komitee Scholieren (LAKS) is een organisatie van, voor en door scholieren.