Compensation for board activities

Tuition free board year

There are two schemes related to the Compensation for board activities grants scheme:

  • Tuition free board year old style (UU and HU) and new style (UU and HU, although other regulations apply).
  • The diagram below shows which regulation (if any) applies to you:
Size of compensation for board activities Automatic graduation postponement (UU)? Tuition free board year (UU or HU)?
€0 to €424 No No
€425 to €4249 Yes No
€4250 Yes Yes

Are you receiving compensation for board activities of €4250 for your board work, and are you taking up your position before 1 December 2020?

Then you have three options for receiving your compensation for board activities:

Option 1 (UU/HU): you enrol in your first Bachelor’s or Master’s programme for the 2021-2022 academic year and pay your tuition fees yourself; you may take exams and graduate in that academic year (that is, no later than 31 August 2021). This is the standard compensation for board activities.

Option 2 (UU/HU): you do NOT enrol in the 2021-2022 academic year; you may not take exams or graduate in that academic year (that is, up to and including 31 August 2021).We refer to this as the tuition free board year – old style.

Option 3: (new: only at HU) you enrol in the new academic year, 2020-2021, pay no tuition fees, you do not obtain any credits during the academic year (up to and including 31 August 2021), but you do retain your DUO and public transport rights (see Tuition free board year). Please note! You may submit an application for a tuition free board year until 15 August 2021 (NEW! Date has not yet been included in the scheme).

Make sure you meet all the conditions of the Compensation for board activities grants scheme(in Dutch(

In principle, a tuition free board year at HU only (option 3) applies to:

  • HU students who wish to retain their entitlement to public transport and their loan with DUO.
  • HU students who receive €4250 (ten months of compensation for board activities) or who demonstrably spend 0.8 FTE on board activities.

You are advised to discuss your options with the HU student participation advisor if you would like to use any particular scheme.

  • HU students should send an email to or to, stating your name, student number, student organisation, and the board position you are proposing to take and which option you prefer.

Important follow-up information UU-students!