Implications of deregistering from a study programme

When you deregister from your study programme, you will no longer be able to take classes, sit examinations or apply for your diploma. You will also no longer be entitled to a student loan or a public transport pass. In some cases, your tuition fees may be partially refunded. 

Cancelling your student loan and public transport pass

You will need to cancel your student loan and public transport pass yourself. This can be done through the Education Executive Agency (DUO). Find out more about Cancelling your student loan (in Dutch).

Avoid getting a DUO fine when you graduate

You will no longer be entitled to a student loan or a public transport pass from the month after your examination date. However, if you do continue to receive a student loan or use your public transport pass after your examination date, you will need to repay the excess amount of money received and you will also be fined. 

For example, if your examination date is in November, you will need to cancel your student loan and public transport pass from 1 December onwards. Check your examination regulations to see what the alleged examination date is for your study programme, i.e., the date on which you will receive your last grade, or defend or submit your thesis.

Tuition fee refund 

If you deregister from your study programme in any month other than June, July or August, the excess tuition fees that you have paid will be refunded. This amount equates to one twelfth of the total tuition fees paid that you have paid for each of the months that you are no longer enrolled in the study programme. 

You can automatically request a refund when you deregister from your study programme in Studielink. If you pay your tuition fees by direct debit, this service will automatically cease. You will not need to notify anyone about cancelling your direct debit.  In some cases, an extra instalment will be debited, but this amount will eventually be refunded. 

The excess tuition fees will be refunded (retroactively) from the month that you deregistered from your study programme. It will take approximately six weeks for the refunded amount to be transferred to your account. 

Refund for pre-Master’s programmes

When you deregister from a pre-Master’s programme that consists of more than 30 credits on 1 March, you will only be required to pay for the first 30 credits. 

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