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Payment of tuition fees: digital direct debit authorisation

You can pay the tuition fees by issuing a digital direct debit authorisation.

You can opt for collection of the full amount or for collection in five instalments. The tuition fees will then automatically be debited from your account. You arrange for the issue of an authorisation in Studielink. You must do so by no later than 31 August. Confirmation of the direct debit authorisation is equivalent to payment.

When we have not received payment on 31 August, your enrolment will not be complete and you will not be able to begin your degree programme on 1 September. So make the arrangements for payment in time. 

Please note! This deadline is applicable to bachelor's degree programmes with VU Study Choice Check and master degree programmes. The payment deadline for bachelor's degree programmes that use a selection procedure is 15 July (Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Psychology, Criminology and Dentistry).

The authorisation is issued only once you have received a confirmation email. Did you make a mistake when you entered the payment details? If so, you will need to contact the Student Desk to correct the details.

You do not need to pay the tuition fees when you cancel your enrolment before 1 September. The direct debit authorisation will be cancelled. You can issue a direct debit authorisation even if you have not yet been admitted to the degree programme: the direct debit authorisation will be cancelled automatically if your application is not completed or is rejected. 

You will need a DigiD (online ID) to issue a digital direct debit authorisation. If someone else will pay for you, then he/she will also need a DigiD. If necessary, you can apply for a DigiD, which you will receive five working days after you submit your application. If you will not receive your DigiD before the 31 August deadline then you should contact the Student Desk.

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When selecting a direct debit authorisation, you can choose from the following two options:

  • Single direct debit authorisation
    The full tuition fees will be collected from your account at the end of September. 

  • Direct debit authorisation for five instalments
    The tuition fees will be collected from your account in five instalments, each of one-fifth of the full tuition fees. An administration fee of €24 will be added to the first instalment collected from your account. You can cancel the direct debit authorisation only once you have terminated your enrolment. The tuition fees will be collected on the following dates: 


Academic year 2021-2022
1st term24 September 2021
2nd term25 November 2021
3rd term25 January 2022
4rd term25 March 2022
5rd term25 May 2022
  • Other information
      • You cannot personally edit the details of a direct debit authorisation once it has been issued. If you need to have the details changed then fill out this direct debit authorisation form and sent it to the Student Desk.
      • The details of direct debit authorisation issued to VU Amsterdam for the collection of tuition fees from an account with a British bank, need to include the IBAN and BIC of the bank. It will not be possible to collect from an account held with a bank that needs an intermediary code. You will then need to select an account held with another bank, preferably a Dutch bank.
      • You will not be able to issue a direct debit authorisation in Studielink when you wish to make the payment from a current account held with a bank outside the SEPA area. You can then transfer the full tuition fees or pay with debit card at the Student Desk
      • The 'Tuition fee protocol' can be found in the Regulation for Application and Enrolment, appendix 2.

Payment of tuition fees: Digital direct debit authorisation

  • How do I issue a digital direct debit authorisation?

    You can issue a digital direct debit authorisation in Studielink from 15 May onwards. You will need to enter your payment details before you can issue the authorisation. The total amount will be calculated, which will take no longer than 24 hours. You will then receive an email for confirmation of the direct debit mandate. This action will be posted in Studielink, under the 'My to do list'. Read the conditions posted on the site carefully before you issue the direct debit authorisation. There are two options:

    1. You will be paying: log in on Studielink using your DigiD and confirm the direct debit authorisation.
    2. Someone else will be paying: forward the email with the activation code that you received in the inbox to the person who will be paying on your behalf. This person should log in on Studielink with his/her DigiD. He/she can edit the payer's details (account number, name and address) and direct debit authorisation details if necessary. 

    You will not be able to issue a direct debit mandate in Studielink when you wish to make the payment from a current account held with a bank outside the SEPA area. You can then transfer the full tuition fees or pay with debit card at the Student Desk.

  • How do I issue a direct debit authorisation in Studielink?

    • Log in on Studielink, and in 'My to do list' select 'Enter your payment details'. You can do so only once you have submitted an enrolment request and entered your previous education.
    • Enter your payment details.
    • Enter the bank's country of establishment.
    • Enter all the requested details.
    • Confirm the direct debit mandate in Studielink once you have received the email requesting you to do so. This will be within 24 hours. The 'Confirm your digital direct debit authorisation’ action is entered on your 'My to do list'.
    • You will receive an email stating that the direct debit authorisation has been confirmed. Note: the payment is made only once you receive this email, so check your inbox regularly for this email.

Contact

Do you have any questions? Please contact the Student Desk.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

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