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Chronic illness

Are you studying with a chronic illness? If your illness is affecting your studies, it is important to act quickly and get help. Read what your options are to study as effectively as possible. 

What is it?

A chronic illness is an illness that lasts longer than three months, returns regularly, and cannot be (fully) cured. Chronic illnesses can be physical and psychological. Examples of chronic illnesses or disorders are: diabetes, Crohn’s, anorexia and borderline.

Do you need extra support?

You may need extra support studying with your chronic illness. Together with your student counsellor you can assess your situation and its effects on your study progress. Sometimes a few tips and an action plan can already help, but if necessary the student counsellor will write an advice to your study programme to plan (temporary) facilities. For example, extra exam time, flexible deadlines or adjusting your schedule. 

Official medical declaration

When you first meet your student counsellor, bring your medical declaration with you from your physician or doctor. Your student counsellor uses this document to verify your medical situation.

Financial compensation

Are you studies delayed during your first four years of your study? You may be eligible for one extra year of student finance. The student counsellor will find out for you.

Is studying too challenging due to your disability?

Meet with the student counsellor. The student counsellor can help you with the decision to take a break from your study. You can also find out if you are eligible for certain facilities with respect to study finance, such as an extension of your student finance or the absolving of a (part of) your study debt if your disability has made it impossible for you to finish a study programme.

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