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)/.