Free Education in Germany, Tuition fees (“Studiengebühren”) in German universities are generally not charged. However, in some German lands, higher education is now paid for all students, beginning with the first semester. Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia charge students a fee of € 500 per semester, regardless of the education they receive, either the first or the second.
In Hamburg, students pay tuition at a rate of 375 euros per semester, but not during study, but after taking final exams and starting work at an annual income of at least 30 thousand euros.
Eternal students pay for their studies
In some federal states, tuition fees are levied on students who have significantly exceeded the normative terms of study at the university.
Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia charge an additional fee of 500-650 euro per semester from “university long-livers” for a semester if the stipulated terms of training exceed four semesters.
In Lower Saxony, the same rule applies, although the rates for debtors are different: for the first and second semesters “beyond all terms” the student pays 600 euros, for the third or fourth semesters – 700, and for the fifth to sixth semesters – 800 euros.
In private universities, which are not so much in Germany, training is expensive, as, indeed, in other private universities in the world, for example – in the US.
Except for the insignificant amount of the contribution for a semester, studies at German universities are free of charge. The fee for a semester rarely exceeds 100 euros.
These funds are used to finance the Student Mutual Assistance and the Joint Student Committee ( AstA ). In many university cities, the fee per semester includes a regional travel ticket, which, primarily in large cities, can be used free of charge by urban public and regional long-distance transport .
Free Education in Germany
Saar Cancels Tuition Fees
Until recently, in the land of Saar there was also a fee for studying at a university. Students had to pay 300 euros for the first and second semesters and 500 euros for each subsequent one. In early February 2010, the Saarland Parliament passed a law on the exemption of students from fees for educational services, beginning with the summer semester of 2010.
It applies to students who receive their first higher education. Financing of the second higher education, as well as fees for school hours “over the plan” by the new law are not regulated and will be considered by the parliament later.
In addition to Saar, the fee for studying at the university for the first specialty is absent in the following federal states: Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hesse, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Schleswig-Holstein.
Educational services in the lands of North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, Lower Saxony still remain fee-paying.