AUC Scholarship Fund (ASF) FAQ

Do you have a question about the AUC Scholarship Fund? Have a look at the most frequently asked questions (and their answers) below. If your question isn't addressed in the FAQ, then please feel free to contact a representative of the ASF via the link found at the bottom of the page.

Application and applying

Should I wait until I hear if I have been offered a place at AUC before applying for a scholarship?

No, please don’t wait, as you may miss the scholarship application deadline. Make sure you send in your scholarship application on time, even if you are not yet sure if you are going to be offered a place at AUC.

Will applying for an ASF scholarship affect my chances of being offered a place at AUC?

No. The scholarship application process and AUC admissions process are separate, and applying for a scholarship will have no impact on your chances of being offered a place at AUC.

I missed the scholarship application deadline. Can I send in a late application?

Unfortunately not. We regret that late applications for scholarships cannot be considered. This is why it is important to submit your ASF application before the given deadline.

Can I apply for an ASF scholarship after I have started my studies at AUC?

You can apply, but priority is given to prospective students. It is assumed that if you started your studies at AUC without having applied for an ASF scholarship, then you do not need one. Applications from students already at AUC are therefore usually only considered if there has been a sudden, unforeseen and drastic change in their family income since the most recent scholarship application deadline, or other extreme circumstances that prevented them from applying for an ASF scholarship before they started their studies.

Criteria and conditions

Can I still apply for a scholarship if I am going to get study finance from (for example) the Dutch government?

Yes, you can still apply. Getting study finance from (for example) the Dutch government is not an obstacle to getting an ASF scholarship; you can receive both.

If I take out a tuition fee loan from the Dutch government, can I keep my ASF scholarship as well?

Yes, you can take out a tuition fee loan and continue to receive an ASF scholarship.

I want the Scholarship Fund to disregard the income of one of my parents. How do I request this?

If you are under the age of 30 but want the AUC Scholarship Fund to disregard the income of one or both of your parents because you cannot obtain the necessary financial documents from them (e.g. there has been no contact with that parent since you were a baby), you can request this by uploading an explanation and supporting evidence with your application. Evidence could include a statement from your other parent and/or from a professional (such as a social worker or psychologist) familiar with the situation, and/or court documents.

If I have applied for an ASF scholarship before, but was not awarded one, can I try again?

If you have started your studies at AUC even though you did not get a scholarship, a new application for a scholarship will usually only be considered if there has been a sudden, unforeseen and drastic change in your family income since your previous application. It is assumed that if you started your studies at AUC even though you did not get an ASF scholarship, you do not need one.

If you have not yet started your studies at AUC because you did not get or did not accept a place at AUC last time, then you can apply again for an ASF scholarship for your new intended starting date.

Will the ASF Selection Committee look at my AUC application when assessing my scholarship application?

No, the ASF Selection Committee only sees the letter of motivation that you write for your scholarship application. They will be given information on your current GPA (average grade), which is calculated from the data you send with your AUC application, but they will not see your AUC application itself. This is why it is important that you include all of the information that you want the ASF Selection Committee to consider in your letter of motivation.

I already have a Bachelor's degree. Will that affect my chances of getting a scholarship?

Priority is given to applicants who have not yet had an opportunity to complete their higher education. This means that it is less likely you will be awarded an ASF scholarship if you have already studied at the university level.

Will my prospective major at AUC affect my chances of getting a scholarship?

Scholarships are not restricted to a major and ASF scholarships are awarded each year to applicants from all three majors at AUC (Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities). However, applications from prospective Science majors are usually considered first by the Selection Committee as AUC enrols up to 50% Science majors each year.

I am 27 and financially independent from my parents. Do I have to send documentation on their income? Or can I send documentation of my own income to demonstrate my financial need instead?

If you are under 30, then you must send documentation on the income of your parents, even if you consider yourself financially independent from them. If you are over 30, you can do the calculations and upload the documents on your own income.

If I don’t completely meet the conditions for renewal at the end of the year, will my ASF scholarship be automatically withdrawn?

If you don’t completely meet the conditions for renewal, your scholarship will not be automatically withdrawn. You will be given an opportunity to explain any extenuating circumstances. Taking into account these individual circumstances, it is possible your scholarship will still be renewed.

Payment and procedures

How is the ASF scholarship paid?

The scholarship is paid in 10 instalments: one in each month except in July and August. The money is transferred to your Dutch bank account.

Are the ASF scholarships full-cost scholarships?

A full ASF scholarship will not cover all of your costs. It will only cover your tuition fees in addition to a bit of extra spending money. You will still need to find money from other sources in order to cover your rent costs and other expenses.

If I get an ASF scholarship, does the AUC Scholarship Fund pay my tuition fees for me?

No, the AUC Scholarship Fund pays the scholarship to you personally and you are then responsible for paying your own tuition fees.

If I get an ASF scholarship, when do I start to receive the money?

If you are awarded an ASF scholarship for a September start, you will receive the first instalment in mid-September (for a February start, in mid-February). This means that you will not begin receiving the money until after you have arrived and started your studies. By extension, it also means that you will need to have enough money of your own for your first few weeks to cover your first bills and expenses until you start to receive the scholarship instalments.

My parents are paying my tuition fees. Can my scholarship be paid into their bank account?

No, an ASF scholarship must be paid into a Dutch bank account in your name.

For how long will I receive an ASF scholarship?

If you are awarded an ASF scholarship, you will receive it for six semesters/three years, as long as you meet the conditions for renewal at the end of each year (or until you graduate, if that is sooner). It is assumed you will graduate within three years of starting your studies at AUC.

Published by  Amsterdam University College

10 December 2019