Wetenschap - 27 april 2011

Law against tardy students passed in Second Chamber

A majority in the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament has yesterday afternoon agreed to adopt the measure against students who take too long to complete their university studies. Students who exceed the nominal time will have to pay almost five thousand euros in tuition fees from September 2012 onwards.

The Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), Party for Freedom (PVV) and Reformed Political Party (SGP) voted for the law. The Christian Union also agreed to it after its amendment to a hardship clause was incorporated. This will enable pregnant and sick students to apply for a bursary from their institution. Furthermore, students whose applications for this bursary to their own institution have been rejected can turn to the appeals committee for help.

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