COVID-19: Possibility of regaining credits of your learning account

The Flemish Government previously decided that the learning account could be reclaimed due to a COVID-19-related force majeure for course units for which the first exam opportunity fell before February 22. In the meantime, it has been decided that this regulation will apply for the entire academic year 2020-2021. A solution has also been provided for students who have changed courses during the academic year.

For course units for which you did not pass due to a COVID-19-related force majeure, you can get the learning account back. There are some conditions attached to it:

  • The student did not pass after participating the last examination opportunity (this means that the student must have participated the resit examination, unless it concerns a course for which only one examination is offered).
  • The student declares that he/she was in a situation of COVID-19-related force majeure.
  • The student must submit the application to the competent service of the Flemish Government, within thirty calendar days after the examination results of the August/September session have been announced. 

If you have changed courses, you obviously cannot take the re-examination for those course units. However, you can also reclaim the learning account for those course units if you meet the following conditions:

  • The student has changed course or institution before 15 March 2021.
  • The student participated in the first examination opportunity for the course unit he/she has stopped.
  • The student declares that he/she was in a situation of COVID-19-related force majeure.
  • The student must submit the application to the competent service of the Flemish Government, within thirty calendar days after the examination results of the August/September session have been announced. 

On the web page of the Flemish government (in Dutch) is added how students can apply for the learning credit refund. Students with an electronic identity card or foreigner card with chip are asked to submit their application digitally. Only students who do not have an electronic identity card or foreigner card with chip can submit their application via mail using this application form. Be sure to read the instructions on the web page of the Flemish government carefully and follow them closely.