apply for a
force majeure
allowance
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apply within 3 months after te end of your circumstances, graduation or C+1 period

Financial support is possible in case of study delay due to certain specific circumstances.

The Force Majeure Allowance Regulation is part of the FOBOS (Financial Support for Special Circumstance of Students). The Personal Circumstances Committee (CPO) will assess your application on behalf of the Executive Board. In case of questions, please contact the CPO registry or a student counsellor.

The rules in short

  • The regulation FOBOS September 2018 is applicable
  • Only full-time enrolled students are eligible  
  • Support is only for recognized circumstances during the compensation period (C+1) of Bachelor and/or Master
  • The C+1 period starts from your first moment of enrolment in Higher Education.
  • Pre-master students are only eligible for this regulation in case of a recognized insufficient feasible educational programme
  • Submit application within 3 months after your circumstances or C+1 period
  • The amount of a month force majeure allowance is equal to one month actually paid tuition fee
  • You can receive max 24 months support (up to max € 8,000)
  • The granting of an additional year by  DUO is not taken into account

The compensation period (C+1)

Only study delay in the period C+1 is eligible. C+1 = nominal study duration for the programme plus one extension year. Thus:

  • Bachelor students: within the first 4 years of the bachelor programme, counted from the moment of the first enrolment in a bachelors' programme in Higher Education.
  • Master students: within the first 2 years of the master programme, counted from the moment of the first enrolment of a one-year masters' programme in Higher Education. For masters' programmes of 2 or more years, the period will be extended with those years.

Notification required

  1. When your circumstances could lead to study delay, you need to notify your study adviser immediately. He or she will discuss whether adjustments are necessary (e.g. adapted study plan).
  2. When indeed study delay occurred due to your circumstances, you need to report this to the student counsellor within 3 months. Late notification may lead to a rejection of your application. An appointment with a student counsellor can be made through the SACC secretariat.

Application Procedure

  1. Make sure that you submit your application within 3 months directly following the end your circumstances or end of C+1 period. You can submit an application through the web application. Give a clear description of your circumstances and the extent of the delay. If there isn't enough space on the application form, you can e-mail your explanation to cpo@utwente.nl
  2. If you haven’t met that deadline, your application will be considered inadmissible and therefore will not be handled. Only when you have legitimate grounds (proof needed) for missing the deadline, the CPO may acknowledge your application (hardship clause).
  3. Hand in possible evidence as soon as possible. You can e-mail them to cpo@utwente.nl 
required additional evidence
what is needed

 Determining the support

  • Recognition of circumstances and period of delay
    If you are delayed during any academic year, the CPO will determine the recognizability of the delayed period and circumstances.
  • Determining the extent of the support
    The force majeure allowance (number of months) depends on the length of the compensation period, the finalized subjects during that period and earlier granted support for that same period. The support, however, can never exceed the number of credits you have finalize for your bachelor or master's degree.

Force majeure allowance combined with other Support

  1. During the period of study delay: if you have already received activism grants, top-level sports grants or top-level arts grants for the same period for which you have applied for a force majeure allowance, the number of grants will be deducted from the calculated study delay.
  2. Per calendar year: you cannot receive more than 12 months force majeure allowances, activism grants, top-levels sports/arts grants together.

The Amount of the allowance

  • One-month force majeure allowance equals one month paid tuition fee.
  • The force majeure allowance during your period of enrolment at the UT is maximized to 24 months (including activism-, top-level sport- and top-level arts grants). 
  • Financial support out of the Profiling Fund (WHW 7.51) is not taxable. This means that you do not have to report your force majeure allowance as income to the Dutch tax authorities. 

Insufficient feasible educational programme

If you are dealing with problems with a part (module, course, semester) of your educational programme or with your internship or thesis, you need to notify your study adviser or programme director a.s.a.p. If, however, it has caused study delay, you may be eligible for a Force Majeure Allowance. See the regulation FOBOS, Force Majeure Allowance Regulation (art. 3.) for the application procedure.

FOBOS regulation (pdf)

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