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Look Who’s Talking
17 juni 2010 - After the elections of 9th June an exciting phase is beginning: the formation of the new Cabinet (see also ‘I Wonder’). Not until the definitive coalition is known, will the government program for the coming years become clear. One of the things that future generations of students will have to deal with is whether the student grants will be converted to loans. This week’s speaker is Cyriel Prinsen, a Master student of Architecture. He is politically active for GroenLinks at the municipality of Eindhoven as member of the committee Space & Real Estate.
Cyriel Prinsen
Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

How big do you estimate the chance of the grants being abolished?
“It depends on the coalition. A combination of VVD, PVV, CDA and SGP would be an awkward mix, for PVV and CDA are against abolition, whilst VVD is in favor. Still, a compromise will be possible I guess. The CDA will try to raise tuition fees. I think that something will come up in the end.”

Will today’s students notice anything of this?
“I don’t think so. You can’t just change arrangements like these overnight.”

What would be the ideal coalition for students?
“It depends what you advocate. PVV, SP and CDA (parties in favor of preserving student grants, ed.) will be an impossible combination. Besides, education will need to remain affordable. If a right-wing coalition proves to be impossible, we shall probably get option number two: VVD, PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks. I do admit I am slightly biased, but the best thing students could have done was to vote GroenLinks. GroenLinks gives everybody grants, although you do pay that back later via a ‘tax on higher education’. That is, people who earn higher than modal incomes. So you only pay if you have benefited from your study, and not if you haven’t. All parties do wish to invest in education, for that matter.” (SK)/.