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AUC Solidarity Fund

Financial assistance for current AUC students

The AUC Solidarity Fund is a community-based fund that gives interest-free loans to AUC students in cases of financial emergency.

The AUC student community is tight-knit and ambitious but for some, unexpected financial difficulties can get in the way of academic and social participation. These difficulties can arise without warning, such as a death in the family. They can happen to anyone, but differences in socio-economic backgrounds can impact the buffer students may have to cope with these situations.

While there are other options and resources that offer financial support for students in Amsterdam and the Netherlands, the AUC community is aware of cases where students’ requests are not sufficiently accommodated or are even declined. Hence, the AUC Solidarity Fund hopes to provide an additional possibility for those AUC students seeking emergency financial relief, but who have been unable to acquire funding from alternative resources. We want to motivate the creation of a shared buffer that will ensure that unexpected financial difficulties do not hinder students’ academic endeavors.

Apply for support

Since March 2018, the AUC Solidarity Fund has been accepting requests for support. Details sent will only be available to the Solidarity Fund Board, composed of faculty members, to protect your anonymity. These faculty members will carefully review all applications received and will grant the requests which they find deserving.

Emergency due to COVID-19
In light of the recent uncertainty caused by the coronavirus and the disruption of many students' ability to work or receive payments from their normal sources, the AUC Solidarity Fund has decided to allow students to apply for our regular loan for basic expenses and living costs. If you are an AUC student facing unforeseen financial burdens due to measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, please note that there are flexible repayment options available or alternative arrangements can also be made. Please begin by filling in the application below and one of the board members will be in touch with you should you request a more flexible repayment plan or alternative arrangement.  

If you want to apply for a grant, please download, fill in and submit the completed form available via the link below.

Donations and fundraising 

Finally, it is important to note that your help is needed to keep the fund running! While there is an active team of students and faculty members managing the fund, time and resources remain limited. So, be it helping with fundraising or through direct donations, we urge you to be proactive so that this project can be maintained.

You can make a financial donation one of two ways: 

  1. Donate via PayPal
  2. Make a bank transfer to: 
    • Stichting AUC Solidarity Fund
      NL91 INGB 0007 5998 84

AUC Solidarity Fund Board 

The Board of the AUC Solidarity Fund is composed of AUC faculty members. The current board members are: 

  • Dr. Jonathan Gill
  • Dr. Michael McAssey
  • Dr. Thijs Etty

Contact the AUC Solidarity Fund

You can contact the AUC Solidarity Fund by sending an email to the address below.