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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 2018 for academic year 2020-2021). 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 2018:
Estimated income for 2020 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 2018 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 (2018) varies depending your situation. If you were recognised as a refugee in 2019 or 2020, this reference year may be either 2020 or 2021, 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 2020-2021 between 1 August 2020 and 1 June 2021. The form should be received in Brussels on 1 June 2021 at the latest! Use the Flemish Community form to submit your application.
 
You only can submit the application online for academic year 2020-2021 on the Ministry's website www.studietoelagen.be at the latest at the start of the summer holiday. 

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 (2020-2021) will make an advance payment  upon enrolment. In the spring of 2021, 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.