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Last updated on 20 October 2021

You can deregister every month from September to May through Studielink. The academic year ends on August 31. If you do not re-enroll for the new academic year, you will be automatically deregistered on August 31. After deregistration, you will receive a confirmation of the deregistration.

Deregistration due to graduation

If you deregister due to graduation, please state "graduation" as the reason. You will then be deregistered on the first day of the month following your graduation date, even if you do not submit your deregistration request until later in the academic year. For example, if you graduate in December, but you only deregister in Studielink in February, you will be deregistered retroactively as of January 1.

If you submit the deregistration request on or after June 1 (with a 1 July or 1 August deregistration date), the request will be denied. After this date students are automatically deregistered as of August 31 (end of the academic year).

Deregistration due to other reasons

If you deregister for other reasons, please include 'deregistration + the reason for deregistration'. You will then be deregistered on the first day of the month following your deregistration request.

Deregistration before February 1 in the first year of the bachelor's programme

If you deregister during the first year of your bachelor's programme before February 1, you will not receive a negative recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA).

Student finance, student travel product and (student) insurance

You are responsible for terminating your student finance and student travel product when you deregister: this does not happen automatically! Also pay attention to your (student) insurance if you interrupt or discontinue your studies.

Refund of tuition fees

If you deregister as a student for a full-time, part-time or dual degree programme, you can in certain cases get a refund of tuition fees.

Tuition fees paid in excess for the months in which you are not enrolled will be refunded to you within three weeks. This takes place after you have submitted your deregistration request in Studielink and your deregistration has been processed by us (often at the end of the month). Please note: this only applies if you wish to deregister during the academic year.

For every month that you are no longer enrolled, you will be refunded one twelfth of the tuition fees.

If you submit the deregistration request on or after June 1 (with the deregistration date July 1 or August 1), the tuition fees for the months of June, July and August will not be refunded.

Premaster students are not eligible for a refund because they do not pay tuition fees, but a special premaster fee.

Paid with Proof of Payment (BBC)

If you are also enrolled at another educational institution, you will have received a Proof of Payment (BBC) from VU Amsterdam. If this applies to you, you can only be deregistered from VU Amsterdam after we receive Proof of Deregistration from the other institution. This Proof of Deregistration can be handed in at the Student Desk.


For questions please contact the Student Desk.

The Student Desk will help you. Call us on +31 20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10.30 – 12.30h and 14.00 – 16.00h).

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