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Measures coronavirus

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Dutch government takes a number of measures.

Compensation for students

In the final part of their programmes, students often do internships or other practical assignments. However, this has not always been possible during the coronavirus crisis. Also, there is no scope for students approaching the end of their programmes to make up any lost ground. Often, this has financial consequenes: their grants end, they have to pay tuition or school fees for longer and they start work later.The government therefore compensates these students financially.

2 financial compensation schemes

There are currently 2 financial compensation schemes:

  • Compensation for the loss of your grant
  • Compensation for extra costs due to study delay.

You don't have to repay the compensation.

Compensation for the loss of your grant

Conditions
  • You are doing MBO-BOL, HBO, or studying at a university (WO).
  • You will receive your last additional grant or basic grant for MBO in June, July, August, or September 2020. After that, you can only get a loan.

You applied for a additional grant, but it hasn't been calculated yet? And is that why you don't receive compensation? Later this year we will review your eligibility for compensation. You will receive a notification.

The additional grant tool (Dutch only) will tell you what you can do to speed up the process of calculating your additional grant.

Amount

Do you meet the conditions? Then you will receive the following amount, on a one-off basis:

Your grant Your compensation
MBO basic grant € 800
MBO additional grant € 1,200
MBO basic grant + additional grant € 2,000
HBO or university additional grant € 1,500

The compensation is a gift. The amount will be transferred into your bank account by the end of September 2020.

From Tuesday 15 September you can find the notification about the compensation in Mijn DUO. It states how much you will receive. Any questions? Contact us by phone.

Compensation for extra costs due to study delay

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.
  • You have:
    • obtained an MBO diploma (BOL or BBL) between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, or
    • obtained an HBO Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree between 1 September 2020 and 31 January 2021, or
    • obtained a Master’s degree at university (WO) between 1 September 2020 and 31 January 2021.
Amount

Do you meet the conditions? Then you will receive the following amount, on a one-off basis:

Your completed programme Your compensation
MBO BBL € 150
MBO BOL € 300
HBO Associate, Bachelor's or Master's Degree € 535
University Master's Degree € 535


The compensation is a gift. The amount will be transferred into your bank account by the end of March 2021.

Have you obtained more than 1 diploma in the period concerned? You will receive compensation only once. You will receive the highest amount.

No need to apply

You do not have to apply for compensation. If you are eligible for compensation, you will receive a notice from DUO before it is paid.

Did you receive student finance? If so, DUO knows your bank account number. You can change your bank account number in Mijn DUO.

Bank account number not known

If your bank account number is not known to DUO, or if any relevant information is missing, DUO will send you a notice in December 2020. In the notice we will ask you to supply your bank account number.

Moving abroad

Do you move abroad after graduation? Then register your new address in Mijn DUO. Also install and activate the DigiD app before you leave the country. Then you are able to log in to Mijn DUO everywhere and will not miss the notification.

Do you not have student finance and does DUO not have your address? Then make sure that you inform your municipality Link opent externe pagina of your address abroad before you leave the country.