If you are studying at two or more Dutch educational institutions, in a number of cases, you will only have to pay tuition fees at one educational institution. You can pay with a proof of paid tuition fees or BBC at the other institution.
Proof of Paid Tuition Fees (BBC)
When can you pay with a BBC?
You are studying at another educational institution and will also be studying at VU Amsterdam
If you register for a second study or you want to follow courses as a secondary course student, you can request your BBC at your own educational institution; they will send it to VU Amsterdam directly. We will determine whether the BBC will be accepted.
You are enrolled at VU Amsterdam and will also be studying at another educational institution
If you study at the VU and want to study at another educational institution as well as a full-time student or as a secondary course student, you can request your BBC at VU Amsterdam’s Student Desk. This will be sent to the other educational institution directly. Please note that this is only possible once your registration for the relevant academic year at VU Amsterdam is complete.
You are following a pre-master's programme at VU Amsterdam
For a pre-master's programme you do not pay regular tuition fees, but a special pre-master fee. If you are following a Bachelor's programme at the statutory tuition fee rate in addition to your pre-master, you will only pay the statutory tuition fee. You will be exempt from paying the pre-master fee if you hand in a BBC.
When is it not possible to pay with a BBC?
You cannot pay with a BBC if you pay institutional tuition fees at VU Amsterdam. In this case you have to pay the full amount to both institutions.
- If you follow secondary subjects, a BBC which states that the institutional tuition fee has been paid elsewhere will be accepted at VU Amsterdam.
Please note: you cannot take secondary subjects at VU Amsterdam if you are only following a pre-master's programme at another educational institution.
Deregistration and validity of the BBC
The BBC is valid for the duration of the academic year for which it is requested, until your registration is terminated at the educational institution where you pay the tuition fees.
- When you pay tuition fees at VU Amsterdam and you request to deregister from VU Amsterdam in Studielink, you will be deregistered with effect from the first day of the month following your deregistration request. You will be informed of this by email. You can use this email to prove to the other educational institution that you no longer study at VU Amsterdam. If a BBC has been issued by VU Amsterdam, the remainder of the tuition fee - if applicable - must be paid to the other educational institution.
- When you request to deregister from another educational institution and you have handed in a BBC at VU Amsterdam, the other educational institution must digitally send proof of deregistration to VU Amsterdam. You will need to request this proof of deregistration yourself, so do not forget to do this. If applicable, you will need to issue a direct debit authorisation for VU Amsterdam to pay the remaining tuition fees or transfer the difference directly to VU Amsterdam.
- When you follow courses at the VU as a secondary course student and your registration at the other educational institution is terminated, you can request proof of deregistration from the other educational institution and send it to the Student Desk. We will then terminate your registration with the same date. You can use the email that you will receive to prove to the other educational institution that you no longer study at VU Amsterdam.
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Do you have any questions?
Please contact the Student Desk.