The costs of studying
How to pay for your studies
Every programme has a price tag. Both the government and the Social Services Department do everything in their power to help you to study without any financial worries. The STUVO+’s Social Services Department will gladly help you find your way around the various options to keep your studies affordable. You might be entitled to an allowance from the Flemish government or you might be able to arrange to pay your tuition fees in installments.
You can contact the Social Services Department if you have any questions about study loans and grants, but they can answer questions about your rights and duties as a student too. We will be happy to help you with information about child benefits, working in combination with your studies, your parents' obligation to support you financially, questions about studying while keeping your unemployment benefit, education vouchers, etc.
On this page, we present a summary of the different possibilities. If you can't find the answer to your question, please get in touch with the staff at the Social Services Department at your campus. They will be happy to help you and will treat your question as confidential. You can drop by during opening hours/on-call service hours. If you prefer to come at another time, please make an appointment by email or online. Of course, you can always ring up. You will find the contact details of the Social Services Department at your campus at the bottom of this page.
Tuition fees for higher education are the enrolment fees you pay to be allowed to study. The exact amount you pay depends on various factors:
- Whether you meet the financial conditions set by the Study Allowance Department to qualify for an allowance;
- The number of credits you enrol for (only for non-scholarship and near-scholarship students);
- The balance of your study credits (only for non-scholarship students).
There are additional costs involved when you start a programme as well as your tuition fees; there’s the costs of your text books, equipment you need to buy for your work placement, costs you need to make for your bachelor's thesis, etc.
At this university, we monitor the costs per programme for both the vocational programmes and the bachelor’s programmes.
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The study allowance
This allowance is a form of financial support from the Flemish government which you receive to help pay for your studies. The right to an allowance automatically entitles you to the scholarship rate for your tuition fees.
You are entitled to an allowance from the Flemish government if you meet three types of requirements: the nationality requirements, the financial requirements and the education requirements.
Depending on where you live, you will receive a ‘groeipakket’ (Flanders) or child benefits (Brussels).
You are entitled to child benefits/’groeipakket’ if you are a student up to and including the month in which you turn 25, on condition that you are enrolled for at least 27 credits during the academic year and remain enrolled with a contract for a degree, credits and/or exams.
The number of credits used is sent to your paymaster as soon as your ISP is approved.
Extra (financial) assistance
You can also contact the STUVO+ Social Services Department if you need additional (financial) assistance.
- an advance on the tuition fees
- payment in installments of tuition fees
- a student loan from the Social Services Department
- an extra financial allowance from the Social Services Department
- the ‘Social Grocer’s [Sociale Kruidenier]
- assistance from funds
- free and anonymous helpline in Brussels
Payment in installments
Are you having a hard time paying your tuition fees in one go?
If you are, you can apply for a payment-in-installments scheme. Please apply for the installment scheme as soon as you receive the invoice for your tuition fees. You will need to send an email to the staff at the Social Services Department of your campus to arrange payment in installments.
Students’ legal status
As a student you have a lot of rights, but also a number of duties. If you have any questions about child benefits, taxes, working and studying, your parents’ obligation to support you or any other socio-legal issues, you can get in touch with us.
We can also advise you on other matters, such as combining studying and working or studying with an unemployment benefit or subsistence income from the OCMW [the Public Centre for Social Welfare].
If you have a question about a topic not listed here and you don’t know who can help, it’s not a problem! We will always try and help you as best we can or we’ll refer you to the right authority.
You’ll find much, much more information found on the website 'Centen voor Studenten'.