Doing a board year remains expensive in Wageningen
Regardless of the efforts from Student Council party VeSte, the Executive Board of Wageningen University decided that doing a fulltime board year without paying tuition fee is not desirable. The Executive Board is of the opinion that the FOS compensation is sufficient and foresees extra costs in tracking if students are earning credits, which is not allowed when you choose for a tuition fee free board year.
In May 2016, VeSte brought up the idea to implement a tuition fee free board year for students joining an acknowledged fulltime board. This means that when doing a fulltime board year, you can be enrolled as a student without paying the tuition fee. VeSte: ‘We think it is unfair that students joining a fulltime board still need to pay tuition fee. These students do not even make use of education or facilities while they don’t have time to follow courses. Besides, fulltime student boards contribute to Wageningen student life by providing opportunities for personal development for students.’ The possibility to use your transportation card and loan money from DUO will remain.
There are many advantages of a tuition fee free board year. ‘We often hear that people do not consider a board year because of financial reasons. Especially with the social loan system, students feel a bigger financial pressure then a few years ago. We regret the decision of the Executive Board. If the Executive Board would have made doing a board year without paying tuition fee possible, student board years would have been way more attractive.’
In February, the university also decided not to participate in the pilot ‘flexstudying’, an initiative which allows students to pay tuition fee per credit (instead of per year). This could have been a nice possibility for students doing a board year, but also students with a function disability or students with an own company. VeSte regrets these options, which allow students to be more flexible and stimulate personal development, are not supported by the Executive Board.