Abolishment of tuition fees
The tuition fees (500 Euros per semester) have been abolished by a resolution passed by the Parliament of Lower Saxony dated 10 December 2013, becoming effective from the beginning of the winter semester 2014/15.
Tuition fees for long-term students
Tuition fees for long-term students will continue to be charged, however, at a uniform rate of 500 Euros per semester.
A recent amendment to the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act NHG has led to the introduction of study credit accounts, starting from the winter semester 2014/2015.
No tuition fees for long-term students will be charged at universities under state responsibility, as long as the student is still in possession of a study credit account. The study credit account is generally calculated by adding 6 semesters to the standard course length of the undergraduate degree programme selected by the student. The basis for calculation is the number of university semesters studied (not the number of subject semesters!).
An exhaustive list of facts preventing consumption of the study credit account is given below:
- leave of absence
- actually taking care of a child (under the age of 14)
- taking care of a close relative
- serving as an elected representative in institutions and committees of the University, the student body or Studentenwerk (the student services organisation) (for a maximum of 2 semesters)
- serving as an equal opportunities officer (for a maximum of 2 semesters)
You will find details of exceptions/possibilities of exemption from tuition fees for long-term students here.
By the revision of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG) the tuition fees have been abolished and are no longer levied since winter semester 2014/15. Therefore also the regulations concerning the refund of tuition fees for long-term students do not apply any longer.
On the basis of the new calculation mode for charging tuition fees for long-term students from the winter semester 2014/15 onwards, the university has reviewed the position of all students currently liable to pay tuition fees for long-term students.