Study delay may be attributed to various situations. However, the IND only recognizes a limited number of situations for exceptions affecting progress evaluation. Moreover, you can only qualify once for each of these exceptions. Only the following justifiable grounds for study delay are recognized by law:
- Illness or pregnancy and delivery
- Physical, sensory or other dysfunction
- Exceptional family circumstances
This only applies to the board functions for which an activism grant has been allocated through the Activism Grants Regulation (see the recognized associations listed in FOBOS, Appendix B, Basic list for allocation of activism grants
- Insufficiently feasible study programme
- Other causes which would result in extreme unfairness
Steps to take
- If you experience a delay - or think you will experience a delay - in the progress of your study based on the circumstances mentioned above, you must contact your Fainco or study adviser immediately to draw up a study plan. If you are in doubt whether your circumstances are justifiable grounds for delay, you or your study adviser can always consult a student counsellor.
- Submit an application for assessment of your circumstances to the CPO as soon as possible (before 1 July of the current academic year). Your case will be dealt with confidentially. Please note that gathering the necessary evidence to support your application might take some time, hence it is advised to consult a student counsellor well in advance about the evidence needed.
- Arrange a meeting with the student counsellor as soon as study delay occurs (before 1 July). The student counsellor can advise you and help formulate the problem, as well as provide you with advice regarding (financial) regulations that might be applicable.
After your application
Once submitted, the Fainco of your educational programme will automatically receive a copy of your application. After your case has been assessed by the CPO, an advice will be given to the programme director. The programme director, who will take the advice of the CPO into account, decides whether your study delay is justifiable. Before reaching a decision, you will be given the opportunity to elucidate your views on your circumstances and study progress. You will get a written confirmation on the findings of the programme director.
If your study delay is not justifiable, the IND will be informed. They will take the final decision about revoking your residence permit.