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Study grants from the Flemish Community

A scholarship from the Government of Flanders is often the main source of income for funding your studies. You need to fulfil three types of condition in order to be eligible for a scholarship: nationality conditions, study conditions and financial conditions. There are no conditions relating to age. If you meet all the requirements and receive a scholarship then your tuition fees will be reduced.

What are the financial conditions?

The grant is calculated on the basis of household income in the second calendar year before the year of application (so 2017 for academic year 2019-2020). In some cases, cadastral income or the deemed rental income of property will also be taken into account.  The cadastral income of your own home is exempt from this. You can find more detailed information on this subject on the Ministry's website.
If your household income has fallen since 2017:
Estimated income for 2019 will be taken into account. Do not forget to state on your application form that your household income has fallen.
Note: if there has been a recent change in your household (divorce, death or another change in 2017 or later) or if you are submitting an application as a financially independent student, a married or cohabiting student or a single student the reference year for the grant calculation may be different from the information given above. Request more information from the Office for Student Affairs.

Information for refugees: the reference year for the grant calculation (2017) varies depending your situation. If you were recognised as a refugee in 2018 or 2019, this reference year may be either 2019 or 2020, so it can take longer than a year before you receive the grant (the information about your income must be complete and fully documented). If you are married and your partner is still abroad, documentation on any income earned abroad may be required.

How can you apply for a scholarship?

You can submit an application for academic year 2019-2020 between 1 August 2019 and 1 June 2020. The form should be received in Brussels on 1 June 2020 at the latest! Use the Flemish Community form to submit your application. Download this form from the Ministry's website and send it to:
Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Afdeling Studietoelagen
Koning Albert II-laan 15
1210 Brussels
The forms for academic year 2019-2020 are available for download on the Ministry's website at the latest at the start of the summer holiday. You can also submit an online application through this website. These applications will be given priority.

Read the following tips carefully

It can take up to several months to process a 'scholarship' application. You can receive an interest-free advance payment on your scholarship from Social Services if you are experiencing financial difficulties. Advance payments can be obtained as of mid-August. However, please note that your enrolment for the new academic year must have been duly completed when you submit an application.
We recommend that you apply for your scholarship on time. This means that the application should be submitted during the first months of the academic year. Submitting your application after this date may have consequences for your tuition fee.
The central student administration works with advance payments. Students who received a scholarship in the previous academic year (2019-2020) will make an advance payment  upon enrolment. In the spring of 2020, tuition fees will be recalculated on the basis of study credits earned and the scholarship actually allocated.
If your application for a scholarship has not been processed by February then the central student administration will ask you to pay the balance of your tuition fees. If you do subsequently receive a scholarship, then the excess tuition fees will be reimbursed to you.