Compensation for final year non-EEA students with delay

| Rense Kuipers

Non-EEA students in their final year who aren’t able to finish their study in time because of the corona crisis, receive financial compensation from the UT. If they don’t graduate before 1 September, they will get a maximum of five extra months of only paying the significantly lower statutory tuition fees.

In an email sent to about 300 students it potentially concerns, rector Thom Palstra calls it a ‘partial waiver’ for final year non-EEA students that would otherwise expect to graduate before 1 September 2020. If that’s not possible because of the corona crisis, they are given a maximum of five months – until 1 Februari 2021 – to finish their degree, but for a significantly lower tuition fee.

In this case, non-EEA students will only have to pay the statutory tuition fee (€2,143 for a full study year in 2020-2021), instead of the usual significantly higher institutional tuition fee. This institutional year normally ranges from €9.125 per year for several bachelor programmes to €16,000 per year for an engineering master’s. The UT will also pay extra costs for a visa.

Asking for compensation

This compensation only applies to non-EEA students in the final year of their bachelor’s or master’s who are not able to finish their study this academic year because of the crisis – which is potentially an eligible group of about 300 students. They are supposed to contact their respective study advisor for more information.

Other non-EEA students are also asking for some form of financial compensation. A few months ago, CreaTe student Gleb Podorozhnyy started a petition, asking to lower the tuition fee for all non-EEA students. The petition now has 900 signatures. In the meantime, the UT started offering some leniency for other non-EEA students who suffer from a study delay because of the crisis situation, but that’s aimed at their residence permit, not a financial compensation.