The Heliconia Scholarship
finances four years of studying at an Indonesian university for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds in Jakarta, so that they can study at an Indonesian university. The Heliconia Scholarship consists of the annual tuition fee and, if necessary, extra allowances during the entire study period. A study usually lasts four years.
The tuition fee for one year of studying differs considerably per major and university. Public universities have lower tuition fees and are better accredited than private universities, but are more difficult to access due to high admission requirements and a limited number of available places. Currently, all our students study at private universities.
At private institutions, tuition fees are charged based on high school grades and the score of the admission test. A registration fee is charged at the start of the first year. The tuition fee is also recalculated every semester, based on the number of courses that the student takes. Of course we strive to let our students study at universities where the price and quality are in proportion. However, Indonesian students are often unable to choose their university, because they have to register for multiple universities at once and then go for the one where they get accepted. It is therefore difficult to estimate the tuition fees. However, we have given an indication of the average tuition fees below, and the precise expenses per student are stated in the annual financial reports.
A transfer for study costs is requested by the students with a money request form. The foundation has a bank account in Indonesia, from where cooperation partner Naomi forwards tuition fees directly to the universities. We receive all receipts of the universities. The bank account in Indonesia is accessible to both cooperation partners and the board in the Netherlands.
When needed, students receive allowances. They can request this after consultation with our cooperation partners. The allowance is intended for additional study costs, such as study books, transportation costs and accommodation, and is allocated when a student has insufficient means to meet these costs. Allowances are transferred from our Indonesian bank account to the personal bank accounts of the students. Students hand in receipts of their extra expenditures. Our financial reports state how much we have spent per student on allowances.
Indication Tuition Fees
We strive to help as many young people as possible. That is why we ask candidates to register for universities with a good price-quality ratio. Yet it sometimes happens that a candidate is only admitted to a university where the price-quality ratio is less optimal. We can agree to relatively high study costs, if the alternative is that a candidate can't study at all. The decision on whether we can finance a study or not is always taken in consultation with our cooperation partners, our experts in the field.
Tuition fee and annual allowance indications in the academic year 2019 – 2020
Economics at the private Universitas Tarumanagara:
- One academic year: €1.875,- (Rp. 14.500.000 per semester, Rp. 29.000.000 per year).
- Registration costs (only in the first year): €1.614,- (Rp. 25.000.000).
- Annual allowances: €400,-.
- Full study for four years (tuition fees, registration costs and annual allowances): €10.714,-.
Economics at the public Universitas Negeri Jakarta:
- One academic year: €830,- (Rp. 6.400.00 per semester, Rp. 12.800.000 per year).
- Annual allowances: €400,-.
- Full study for four years (tuition fees and annual allowances): €4.920,-.
The Heliconia Scholarship Foundation aims for all donations to directly benefit the students. The board in the Netherlands therefor works on a voluntary basis and receives no salary for their work. Only chairman Carli receives reimbursement of incurred – limited – costs in the performance of her duties, since she executes most of the tasks. Cooperation partner Naomi is our only full time employee, since December 2019. She receives a monthly salary. Cooperation partner Mili receives a volunteer fee per hour. All hours worked for our foundation are registered and monitored by each other. Any other costs in the Netherlands and Indonesia are limited, and mainly consist of website hosting and maintenance, bank fees and transportation costs of our cooperation partners to visit the shelters, universities and students. Find the details of our finances in our financial reports.