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Financial aid from UAntwerp

You can request financial aid from the Office for Student Affairs under certain conditions, but only for the current academic year: an advance payment of your scholarship, the spread or reduction of tuition fees, a financial intervention in the cost of studying.  Below you will find information and an overview of the conditions which you need to  in order to receive financial aid. 

Reduced tuition fees

If you receive a scholarship then you will automatically pay reduced tuition fees. If you are not entitled to a scholarship then in some cases you may be eligible for reduced tuition fees. In some cases you need to submit an application to the Office for Student Affairs, who will examine your case and decide whether you are eligible for reduced tuition fees. In other cases, the central student administration will grant reduced tuition fees if the Scholarships Department refuses your application for a scholarship.

Submit your application to the Office for Student Affairs at your campus (by the end of June of the academic year to which the application relates at the latest), in the following cases:

  • If you meet the nationality and financial requirements for receiving a scholarship but not the study requirements then you are eligible for reduced tuition fees.  You then pay the scholarship tariff.
     
  • If you are in this situation and your income exceeds the maximum threshold for the scholarship by a maximum of €3209, then you are also eligible for reduced tuition fees.  You then pay the almost-scholarship tariff.

When are the study requirements not met?

  • You follow a programme which does not entitle you to a scholarship, e.g. a 2nd Master
     
  • you enrolled under a credit contract rather than a degree contract
     
  • you have fewer than 27 study credits (and you are not in a diploma year)
     
  • you have already used up your scholarship credit/bonus credit

Apply to the Scholarships Department (by 1 July of the academic year to which the application relates at the latest), in the following situations:

  • If you meet the nationality, financial and study requirements for receiving a scholarship but the reference income of your household exceeds the maximum threshold by no more than €3209  You will not receive a scholarship in this case but you will pay reduced tuition fees: you will then pay the almost-scholarship tariff.
     
  • If you meet the nationality, financial and study requirements for receiving a scholarship but your application is refused because the cadastral income or deemed rental value of your property is too high in relation to the reference income (calculated using the KI test) then you are eligible for reduced tuition fees (the almost-scholarship tariff).

Even if you know already that you are in one of these situations and are therefore not eligible for a scholarship, you will still have to submit an application to the Office for Student Affairs to be eligible for reduced tuition fees! Students with exam contracts and students on Advanced Master programmes are not eligible for reduced tuition fees.

Financial aid

Another form of financial aid is an allowance which you do not have to repay. Students who have difficulties making ends meet and/or paying their studies can request such an allowance. 
This allowance is always calculated according to how much of your income is actually available. For example, we take into account the recent divorce or loss of income of your parents, medical costs, attachment of earnings or debt mediation, difficulties at home which require you to provide for yourself, and so on. Whether you receive an allowance–and the amount–also depends on other factors: your study history and progress and your own efforts to balance your budget.

Each situation requires an individual review and these allowances are only granted after an in-depth social and financial review.  All data is treated with the utmost confidentiality. Applications for such an allowance can be submitted throughout the year, until the fourth of May of the academic year. Please note: your application must contain all of the requested information and certificates on this date.  
To submit an application for this kind of allowance you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You fulfil the nationality conditions which apply to receiving a scholarship.
  • You have enrolled for a first programme: a 1st Bachelor, a 1st Master, a preparatory programme, a bridging programme or the special teacher training programme. All programmes that you have previously followed (in Belgium or abroad) are taken into account in checking this condition.
     
  • You have enrolled under a degree contract.
     
  • Your course is worth at least 27 study credits (exception: diploma year).