PHILIPSBURG–The Government of St. Maarten has forked out NAf. 2.3 million in payments to 219 existing study financing recipients who are pursuing studies in St. Maarten, the United States (US), Canada, England and the Caribbean.
However, payment to several other students is in jeopardy as these students have not lived up to their end of the agreement. Education Minister Silveria Jacobs told reporters on Wednesday that 73 students have to date, not submitted their transcripts and the parental tax information for their parents for 2017.
These documents were due in July and are a prerequisite before study financing can be continued. “These 73 students are in peril of not receiving their funds if they do not submit these items on time,” Jacobs said.
She added that for students in the Netherlands, Government is currently paying NAf. 98,215 to 77 study financing recipients. A total of 48 students from the Netherlands have not submitted their transcripts and necessary documents.
As it relates to new study financing recipients thus far 63 have recently left St. Maarten to pursue tertiary education abroad: 34 to the Netherlands, 17 to the US, one to Curaçao, eight to Canada and three to the United Kingdom (UK). Jacobs said some students have just received their results and authorities are still in the process of finalising those. Many of these students leave for college in January.
In an unrelated matter, Jacobs said Government is continuing with its study allowance for the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) students. The application process has begun and students who meet the criteria can apply before January 31, 2018.
Applicants should be between the ages of 17 and 25 years, be of Dutch nationality and should have been registered at the Department of Civil Registry for at least five years before their request. Information on the required documents for application can be found at: www.studyfinancing.sx .