One in five ex-students with a debt for their studies is a defaulter.
This has emerged from a study by news broadcaster NOS. Some of them pay up after a reminder from DUO and then keep up to date. But two thirds do not respond to reminders so that in the end a bailiff has to be called in. This year, 122,000 ex-students had outstanding debts. Almost 76,000 people were contacted by a bailiff . Some of the debt defaulters do so on purpose but many are ex-students who never check their old email address anymore, or who forgot to notify their creditor of a new address. And some of the ex-students live abroad, making it difficult for student financier DUO to track them down.