The European Court came to the decision after the case of German student Jacqueline Förster against the Dutch IB-Groep. She lived in the Netherlands for three years but couldn’t apply for student grants. Discrimination, Förster thought and now, eight years later, the European Court agrees to a certain degree.
Individual member states do have the possibility to depart from the directive. ‘ A student who studies in the UK can apply for a student grants after three years. The European directive of five years is meant as a maximum’, a spokesperson of the IB-Groep says. [TdO/HOP, translation:AR]