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Refund of study costs and costs for Maintenance

A dancer who has paid a minimum of 96 premiums within ten years is eligible for a contribution towards the costs of maintenance, a refund of study costs and/or a contribution towards the cost of setting up a business.

The amount of the allowance depends on your retraining plans and what is needed for carrying them out.
Each case is looked at individually, in accordance with our principle of customisation. There is, however, a maximum amount. The total amount of the allowance is bases on a formula which takes into account the total number of premiums paid throughout a career as a dancer and the average salary earned in that period. This determines what options are open to you in the way of allowance and contribution to maintenance costs. A dancer who pays premiums receives every year an overview of the accrued premiums. In the future, dancers will also be able to see what budget they have already accrued on a protected part of the website.

A contribution to the costs of maintenance can consist of a substitute payment; for example when the unemployment benefit comes to an end. In this case, of course, there must be a reason for giving a substitute payment. In most cases, this sort of situation concerns dancers who are studying, and their course of study lasts longer than their WW benefit. The duration of the of a WW benefit depends on someone’s employment benefit. For more information: The substitute payment amounts to a maximum of 70% of the last-earned salary as a dancer.

A second option for a contribution to the costs of maintenance is an income guarantee. This can be given, for instance, if someone starts up their own business and the income in the initial starting-up phase is unpredictable. The guarantee of a certain income is then a real support.

In most cases, a contribution to the costs of maintenance is applied for in combination with a request for a refund of study costs. A dancer stops dancing and begins straight away with a course. If the application is accepted, the study costs are refunded. If necessary, a substitute payment is given if the course takes longer than the period of the benefit.

However, other combinations are also possible. The Omscholingsregeling provides customised solutions and will make every effort to support the transition to a new start in society. It is advisable to contact the careers advisor of the Omscholingsregeling in good time, in order to talk over the options.





The Next Step

Interviews with former dancers who are in the middle of their retraining program or share their experiences afterwards.




"When as a dancer it is time for a change, a lot of feeling of insecurity arises. The Omscholingsregeling gave me financial support and self confidence to face these new challenges." (Jérôme Meyer)