However, she does not want to comment on the possible return of the basic grant. “That’s a discussion for the election campaigns and the new cabinet.”


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Back to the basic student grant? ‘You see bizarre ideas being floated’

Education minister Van Engelshoven realises that financing for university studies will be…

Ten thousand euros

Nevertheless, she feels that the GroenLinks proposal to give all 18-year-olds ten thousand euros is bizarre. “Imagine having debt-ridden, unemployed parents and having to explain to them that you need those ten thousand euros for your own future.”

Whatever the parties do with the loan system, Van Engelshoven feels that the extra money must be spent on higher education. “We wanted to invest in higher education and the urgency to do so is still present.”