- You are taking a full-time course (during the week and during the day, at least 27 study credits with a diploma or a credit contract, or at least 27 study credits based on a combination of an exam contract with another contract).
- You are a full-time jobseeker at the start of your studies (= the official starting date of the academic year!).
- You have received at least 312 days of unemployment or tideover allowance (= 1 year of allowances) in the two-year period before you start your studies. All of the days for which you received an allowance as a full-time jobseeker are taken into account. Not taken into consideration: income guarantee allowances, temporary unemployment allowances, paid leave, sickness allowance, etc.
Courses that prepare you for ‘bottleneck professions’ are exempt from the 312-day rule. You only need jobseeker status. The RVA draws up a list of bottleneck professions at the start of every academic year. You can find this list on the RVA website, where it is published every year in June or July under the 'nieuw' header. Only the bottleneck professions on this list are taken into consideration!
- You graduated at least two years ago (last course taken or apprenticeship).
- The course must be of the same level or higher than those that you have already taken, or of a lower level if you have not yet obtained a degree.
- You do not have a higher education graduation diploma. A graduation diploma is the highest diploma you can obtain in a given field of study (the RVA director can grant an exemption if he or she feels that this degree does not offer sufficient chances on the current labour market). If you hold a professional Bachelor degree then you can follow this up with a Master degree, provided the programme relates to the same field of study (e.g. an individual with a professional Bachelor degree in Social Work can go on to obtain a Master degree in psychology). This principle applies even if the student interrupts the programme cycle.
All of these conditions must be fulfilled simultaneously.
When do all of these conditions have to be fulfilled?
In principle, you have to meet all of these conditions on the official starting date of the academic year of the course cycle to which your application for an exemption relates. If you become involuntarily unemployed during your studies, we recommend that you also apply for this exemption. The RVA director may grant an exemption if he or she concludes that you can demonstrate study progress.