The study allowance
The study allowance is a form of financial support from the Flemish government; you receive it to help pay for your studies. The right to a study allowance automatically entitles you to the scholarship fee for your tuition fees (see tuition fees).
You are entitled to a study allowance from the Flemish government if you meet the following requirements:
You must have Belgian nationality on 31 December of the academic year in which you study OR you have another nationality but you meet certain criteria.
You must be enrolled with a contract for a degree for at least 27 credits in a fundable programme and have sufficient study allowance credit.
The income of the living unit (or family) to which you belong must be below a certain limit.
Advances on the study allowance
As it usually takes a while for the allowance to be calculated and paid out, you can request an advance on your allowance of up to half of the amount. The advance will be transferred to your account within a week after signing the contract and will later be deducted from your allowance once it is paid.
Do you need to apply for an advance? Download the document 'Calculating tuition fees' that applies to you (see tuition fees), fill it out, collect the necessary attachments and make an appointment with the staff at the Social Services Department on your campus.
Please note! in some cases, you may no longer be entitled to a study allowance, but you can still claim the reduced (near) scholarship fee. Please check with the Social Services Department on your campus.
How to apply for a study allowance
You can apply for the study allowance for 2021-2022 as from 1 August 2021. The final application date is 1 June 2022, but we advise you not to wait too long before applying.
How to apply for a study allowance from the Flemish government? Starting in the 2021-2022 academic year, you can only apply for the study allowance online. Go to www.studietoelagen.be to start up your file. You need an electronic identity card and card reader or a federal token to do this.
TIP: Download the Itsme app to apply for your study allowance! The staff at the Social Services Department can help you more easily if you have this app on your smartphone too! You will find more information on the website https://www.itsme.be/ or in this manual. Or you can watch this handy instruction video:
Do you still have questions?
If you have questions about your scholarship application, or you not know which documents to add or which legal status you have, you can make an appointment with the staff at the Social Services Department on your campus. We would be glad to help.