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Financial support for delayed study progress

In accordance with the regulations on financial support for students (abbreviated to FOS in Dutch), Leiden University offers financial support for students who have fallen behind in their studies due to certain circumstances.

You may be eligible for financial support if your study progress has been delayed due to:

Delay caused by circumstances beyond your control

If you fall behind in your studies due to circumstances beyond your control, you may be eligible for financial support in accordance with the regulations on financial support for students (in Dutch).

The following situations are considered to be circumstances beyond your control: 

  • (chronic) illness;
  • disability;
  • pregnancy and childbirth;
  • exceptional family circumstances (such as the loss of a relative);
  • educational circumstances beyond your control (your study adviser can tell you whether this applies to your situation)

Is your study adviser not aware that you have fallen behind in your studies? If so, discuss your situation with him or her as soon as possible. Together you can draw up a revised study plan to prevent you from falling further behind.

You must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You are receiving DUO student finance (at least a student OV card), but the total period in which you have received it is not longer than the nominal duration of your current study programme, or;
  • You are receiving a basic student grant from DUO, or;
  • You are paying institutional tuition fee, or;
  • Your study progress has been delayed due to educational circumstances beyond your control (your study adviser can tell you if this is the case).

In addition, you must meet all the following criteria:

  • You are registered as a student of Leiden University.
  • You are paying tuition fee to Leiden University.
  • Your study progress has been delayed due to one or more of the following situations:
    • illness, pregnancy or child birth;
    • disability or chronic illness (psychical or mental);
    • exceptional family circumstances (such as the loss of a family member);
    • educational circumstances beyond your control (you study adviser can tell you if this is the case).
  • You reported your study delay to your study adviser within one month of it occurring. If you did not report the delay on time, you may still request financial support. But be aware that you will likely receive little or no financial support.

Are you unsure whether you meet the criteria? Contact a student counsellor.

If you meet the criteria, you can request financial support. To do so you must first register your study delay.

When?

You can register your study delay from 1 October till 1 February in the academic year following the year in which you fell behind in your studies.

Example: If you fell behind in your studies in the academic year 2019-2020, you can register your study delay in the period 1 October 2020 till 1 February 2021.

How?

  1. Complete a Registration of study delay request form.
  2. Hand in the form at the Student Support Services desk in Plexus Student Centre, or send it by post to:

Student Support Services Secretariat
Kaiserstraat 25
2311GN Leiden

What happens next?

Within six weeks you will receive a message letting you know if your study delay has been registered, how many months of delay have been registered, and the maximum amount of financial support you could be awarded for this delay. Note: this does not mean that you will definitely receive financial support! This will be decided by the university once you submit a request for financial support.   

When?

You can request payment of financial support once the standard duration of your study programme has come to an end.

How?

  1. Check that you meet the following criteria on the date that you request financial support:
    • You are registered as a student of Leiden University.
    • You have not yet made up the delay to your study progress.
    • You have not received financial compensation from DUO for this study delay.
  2. Complete the payment of financial support request form.
  3. Hand in the form at the Student Support Services desk in Plexus Student Centre, or send it by post to:

Student Support Services Secretariat
Kaiserstraat 25
2311GN Leiden

What happens next?

The university will decide whether you are entitled to financial support. You will receive notification within six weeks.

Duration and amount

How many months?

  • For every 5 study credits of the standard study schedule that you have missed out on due to circumstances beyond your control, you can receive one month of financial support - to a maximum of 6 months per academic year. The number of months you are entitled to will be stated in the message you receive after registering  your study delay.
  • If you make up (some of) the delay to your studies, the amount of financial support will be adjusted accordingly. If this occurs, you may receive less funds than originally determined.

Amount per month

  • If you were receiving DUO student finance when you fell behind in your studies, you will receive 300 euro per month. If you were receiving a top-up grant, this amount will also be compensated.
  • If you were receiving a basic grant from DUO when you fell behind in your studies, you will receive an amount equivalent to the basic grant. If you were receiving a top-up grant, this amount will also be compensated.
  • If the delay was caused by educational circumstances beyond your control, you will receive the amount of tuition fee paid during this period.
  • If you were paying institutional tuition fee when you fell behind in your studies, you can study for the number of registered months of delay for the statutory tuition fee tariff.
  • If you will receive an additional year of DUO student finance due to the circumstances beyond your control, you will receive less or no financial support via the FOS.
  • If you have already received financial support via the FOS for student board membership or top-level sport, the university will deduct this amount when awarding funds for circumstances beyond your control.  

Questions?

Do you have any questions about financial support for delayed study progress caused by circumstances beyond your control? If so, contact a student counsellor.

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