Terminating your studies
If you are terminating your study programme, you probably have a lot on your mind. Still, it is important to arrange several things on time. It does not matter whether you are graduating or quitting your studies.
- Submit a deregistration request to Studielink
- Stop your student finance and the student travel product
- See whether you will be reimbursed any excess tuition fees
- Moving abroad? Deregister from the municipality
1. Submit a deregistration request to Studielink
Whether you are graduating or terminating your studies for some other reason, you must submit your request to de-register via Studielink. You must submit this request as soon as you submit your final assignment or thesis or sit your final exam. Your registration will be terminated the month after Maastricht University received your request or deregistration. If you graduate without de-registering, this may have consequences for the tuition fees you are required to pay.
Please note: It is not possible to de-register with retroactive effect in Studielink. If you submit a request on 12 December to de-register as of 1 November, this will be rejected in Studielink.
Your request will subsequently be sent to Maastricht University and processed. On the <My Studielink> page you can track the status of your request via <My messages> and <My study programmes (Status)>.
Once UM has confirmed your de-registration, your status in Studielink will show up as <De-registered>.
2. Stop your student finance and student travel product
If you are no longer registered as a student at a Dutch institution for higher education, you are no longer eligible for study financing or a student travel product.
Please ignore the information about "Discontinuing study financing" and "Stopping student travel product" if you do not receive Dutch study financing or a student travel product via DUO.
Discontinuing study financing
Submitting a request to de-register does not automatically stop your study financing and student travel card. You need to cancel these yourself. You can discontinue your study financing via the DUO website, either with immediate effect or from a particular date in the future.
Stopping student travel product
You must stop your student travel product at a pick-up device. Stop your student travel product no later than the tenth day of the month in which you are no longer eligible for it. You may no longer travel with your student travel product from the first day of that month. If you use your student travel product when you are no longer eligible for one, DUO will give you a transport fine.
Example: if August is the last month in which you are eligible for the student travel product, you must cancel your student travel product by September 10 at the latest.
Please note: Maastricht University does not accept claims for any fines incurred if you do not de-register on time via Studielink, terminate your study financing and/or cancel your student travel card on time.
3. See whether you will be reimbursed any excess tuition fees
If you de-register, either temporarily or permanently because you have graduated, you may be reimbursed a portion of the tuition fees you have paid. For every month of the academic year for which you are no longer registered, you receive 1/12 of your tuition fee back.
If you are registered as an external student and decide to de-register, your exam fees will not be reimbursed.
Did you pay in instalments? In this case, the direct debits will be discontinued.
Did you de-register as of 1 July or 1 August? You are not entitled to reimbursement of the tuition fees paid for these months; to this end we refer you to UM’s Enrolment Provisions. Alternatively, you can choose not to de-register for the months of July and August. Click here for more information.
Questions about the reimbursement of tuition fees?
Send an email to: tuitionfeepayment[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
Questions about collecting or refund of your tuition fee?
Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 12:00
+ 31 (0)43 388 4752
4. Moving abroad? Deregister from the municipality
If you are leaving Maastricht and moving abroad, it is important to deregister from the municipality. You need to deregister to avoid municipal taxes that can be charged if you ever decide to move back into the Netherlands. Next to that, it could be a problem for your roommates and the next tenant of your room or apartment if you are still registered at your old address.
You can deregister from the municipality online.
Contact Studenten Service Centrum
Studenten Service Centrum (SSC)
6211 KL Maastricht
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Studenten Service Centrum (SSC)
6200 MD Maastricht