The PvdA also wants to get rid of the student loan system. This appears to be a majority for the reintroduction of the basic grant for students.

The PvdA joins Coalitie-Y, an initiative of ChristenUnie and youth organizations that want to take measures to give more certainty to the new generation of young people.

According to the initiators, there is too much pressure on this group, partly due to problems in the housing market and the increasing pressure of a student loan.

PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher explains in the AD that he wants a new basic grant for children of parents who earn up to around 100,000 euros. "A much larger group would then qualify for the supplementary grant," Asscher told the newspaper.

In the previous cabinet, the PvdA, together with the VVD, GroenLinks and D66, was one of the architects of the loan system whereby the basic grant was abolished. The idea at the time was that the baker would not contribute to the lawyer's study.

With the turn of the PvdA there is no majority in the current House of Representatives for the loan system. GroenLinks already pulled his hands off. Only VVD and D66 now support the system.

Asscher: 'Young people get a bucket of uncertainty'

The fact that there is a majority in the Chamber for abolishing the loan system does not mean that something will change immediately. This move by the PvdA and the earlier move by GroenLinks should be seen as a commitment to the parliamentary elections of 2021.

The abolition costs a lot of money and also means that a group of students has had to pay much more for the study than others. Whether and how that group will be compensated in that case is not yet clear.

For now, Asscher wants young people to get more certainty, he says to the AD . "You can now see that the young people are getting into a bucket full of uncertainty. They are already dealing with less job security, housing shortages and then it is too much for some young people to have to borrow."

See also: A generation with study debt: how are they going to pay it back?

Minister is going to 'examine the system'

Education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven will examine the student loan system. Indeed, it appears that for some students it is "a major obstacle", as a substantial majority of the majority of people now think, "then we will look at the possible adjustments".

Van Engelshoven wants to "provide a basis" for this debate "by looking carefully at the effects of the new system". It deals with the period from 2011 to 2019 and therefore starts before the abolition of the basic grant. In this way she wants to get a picture of what exactly has changed.

The evaluation must be ready for next summer. Next autumn, politicians are preparing for new parliamentary elections.

Opponents already warned about major problems in 2014

The introduction of a student loan system in 2015 instead of a basic grant was one of the most important achievements of the then education minister Jet Bussemaker (PvdA). The money that would be saved with this should be invested in higher education.

Opponents of the loan system expressed fears in 2014 that students with high debts would be on top of the already high burdens on starters in the housing market and the labor market.

See also: Students live longer at home: Will this solve the room shortage?

The inequality of opportunity in education has increased

In addition, the opposition argued that the accessibility of higher education is being restricted, because the lower social levels in particular are opposed to borrowing student grants. All these predictions prove to be true five years later.

The Education Inspectorate previously noted that the inequality of opportunities in education has only increased. Trouw reported that, despite various financial benefits, the loan fear of children with parents with a lower income has not decreased. And it is virtually impossible for former students to apply for a mortgage if they have accrued a student loan.

The 1 billion euros saved with the abolition of the basic grant has not yet been invested in higher education.


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