JIP for international students at HHS

Welcome! 

Allow us to briefly introduce ourselves: we are the Jongeren Informatie Punt (JIP) and we are here to help you! Our information centers are located in Delft, The Hague and Zoetermeer – and next to that we are conveniently working on site at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS). 

JIP provides a lot of services: mainly information, advice and support specifically aimed at people between 12 and 27 years old. You can ask practically anything and there’s a big chance that we’re able to come up with an answer or a solution to any questions or problems you might have. 

We’re looking to provide our services to all HHS students with questions or problems pertaining to their finances. It’s no secret that money can be quite an issue during your studies. From working hard to being able to pay for your studies to having to chose between paying your rent or your tuition fee. These are matters that you are free to discuss with us and receive advice or support in return. You’re also welcome to ask us about smaller matters, such as translating any Dutch letters you might have received. 

We have a lot of information to share with you on this page, so we decided to divide all of the important things in easy-to-read sub-articles. Below you’ll find answers to the most important questions you might already have: 

  • What exactly can you help me with? 
  • How can I make an appoint and where can I find you? 
  • Are the things being discussed confidential? 
  • Do you have any financial tips you can give out right now? 

What exactly can you help me with? 
Good question! Financial help is a very broad definition. Allow us to give some examples: 
When your life gets flip-turned upside down One moment you could be having fun and before you know it, you’ve got some adulting to do. Suddenly there’s this stuff about health insurance, municipal taxes, rental benefits, rent and more. All while you’re just trying to hit the books and get a degree. Wouldn’t it help if there was someone to point you in the right direction and maybe even help you out?  

Difficulty understanding letters and mail 
Let’s say – hypothetically, you survive that 360 your life does and you have your things in order. Suddenly you get bombarded with all kinds of mail from instances, using language that’s hard to understand. Even for native Dutch speakers. Luckily, JIP is well-acquainted with the various letters you’ll receive. We can translate and explain the contents to you in no time. 

Early signs of being in debt 
Slowly but surely you’re getting the idea that your financial situation is becoming less stable. It’s a good thing that you caught on. Preventive measures are JIP’s specialty! We advise you to make an appointment with us. We’ll help you find out where you could save some money and whom to talk to when your financial situation becomes detrimental to the progress of your studies. 

Miscellaneous things 
Tax exemptions, health insurance, dealing with the CAK, an SVB assessment – all of these things are right up our ally.  

There are no weird or silly questions over at JIP. Please feel free to ask anything you like and we will keep trying our hardest to help you out. Sometimes we may not be able to come up with an answer and sometimes we’re not even the right people to help you out. In that case, we’ll try our hardest to refer you to someone who can. 

How do I make an appoint and where can I find you? 
Making an appointment beforehand is not required! But we’d definitely appreciate. It helps us get a better idea of what we can do for you in the allotted time. 

We are available at the HHS on Mondays. You’re free to visit us without an appointment if you’re on campus and feel like you need to talk to us. In the event that we are not available, we will try to schedule another appointment or refer you to our office at the Amsterdamse Veerkade 17A. 

It’s quite possible that you’re being referred to us by your student counsellor. Make sure you bring the permission slip with you that your student counsellor provided. This allows us to confidentially exchange important information with your student counsellor. 

If you would like to make an appointment, you can do so through the widget on our website. You’re also able to specify whether you want an appointment through TEAMS/Zoom or if you would like to come by. 

Are appointments with JIP confidential? 
Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and confidential appointments with JIP. Appointments with JIP are free, with guaranteed confidentiality. In other words, you have complete control over the information you share with us. Were you referred to us by your student counsellor? Then it’s pretty likely you signed a document giving us permission to share the contents of our conversation with them. This is important so that it remains clear to everyone what has been discussed and what has been undertaken to help you. 

Got any tips to spare? 
Most definitely! We’ve decided to condense a few helpful tips into a few nifty infographics, for you to read at your leisure. Feel free to share them with anybody you think needs this information! 

Tips for coming to a payment arrangement 

What do I need to take care of when turning 18? 

What to do when I’m in debt? 

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