Working students face surcharge

25th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Some 9,000 undergraduates and former students face a surcharge for earning more than the EUR 10,000 limit from part-time jobs while in receipt of a grant.

25 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Some 9,000 undergraduates and former students face a surcharge for earning more than the EUR 10,000 limit from part-time jobs while in receipt of a grant.

This is the highest number of students ever hit in the Netherlands by extra bills, student loan agency Informatie Beheer Groep (IBG) said on Thursday.

A student who earns more than EUR 10,000 a year from a job is obliged to give up the grant and surrender the student public transport pass.

The IBG works with the tax office to check students were complying with the rules but the agency denied there was a special campaign to root out high-earners in receipt of grants.

Five years ago 6,000 students had to repay grant money. A year later the figure was 7,800. During the 1990s the number of surcharges remained stable at 5,000.

IBG said on Thursday that it wants to investigate why more and more students are ignoring the rules in relation to study grants. A spokesperson speculated the increase was due to the growing student population and the fact more students have part-time work.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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