Long study fine to go ahead
By The Holland Times Wed. 11 July 2012
The so-called long study fine that will see students pay a 3,000 euro penalty for delaying their studies is to be introduced as planned following a court case to determine its legality reports de Volkskrant.
A hearing in The Hague’s Hans Hofhuis court found that the proposed measure does not conflict with Dutch law, despite the claims of student organisations. However, an exception has been made for students in part-time courses that will take longer than the standard, full-time version of the course.
The fine is to be introduced from 1 September, but student groups remain hopeful that a new government elected in the September elections will reverse the ruling.
This news comes on the heels of an announcement by Fontys University that it will pay the fines for student athletes studying there who experience delays in their studies due to competing in their sports.