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VU Emergency Fund

Last updated on 17 March 2023
Do you have an acute money problem through and no solution is possible? You may be able to apply for a one-off financial contribution from the VU Emergency Fund.

This financial support aims to resolve the situation immediately so that you can focus on your studies. The contribution is meant to be used for example for living expenses or rent, and may not be used to pay tuition fees. The VU Emergency Fund is made possible by donations from VU alumni and staff.

  • When can you submit an application?

    If you are in an emergency situation, studying at VU University Amsterdam and have paid tuition fees to VU Amsterdam. Or if you are in an emergency situation and otherwise attached to VU Amsterdam and staying in the Netherlands (e.g. through exchange) and if help from your own university cannot be expected, requested or awaited.

  • What is meant by an emergency situation?

    An emergency is defined as a circumstance that meets the following criteria. The emergency situation:

    • was unforeseeable;
    • is acute and there is no solution through the usual provisions or your own network;
    • is occasional and there is no repeated, permanent or structural emergency, for which you have been granted a contribution from the VU Emergency Fund before;
    • is of limited scope: the VU Emergency Fund does not provide for assistance in the form of large sums of money;
    • is solvable: the contribution from the VU Emergency Fund provides a realistic and effective solution through one-off financial support.
  • How to apply for a financial contribution?

    You can submit a request for financial support to the student counsellors. They can be reached at It is also possible to make an appointment with one of the student counsellors directly via the online calendar.

Do you have any questions?

Please contact the student counsellors.