Study costs - what expenses will I incur at university?

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Studying costs money. But how much? What is the semester fee, until when do I have to re-register and when do I pay long-term fees? These and more answers can be found here:


SEMESTER FEE

All students are required to pay a semester fee every semester. This fee is made up of the following components:

  • Contribution to the Studentenwerk Hannover (student services organisation)
  • Contribution to the student government (Students’ Union, AStA)
  • Semester ticket
  • Contribution towards administrative costs for the Federal State of Lower Saxony.

The “Lower Saxony/Bremen semester ticket” enables you to use all modes of transport in the Greater Hannover area, and to travel second class in Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains throughout Lower Saxony, as well as to Bremen and Hamburg central stations at no additional cost.

Transfer amount

The semester fee of €408.47 for winter semester 2019/20 is made up of the following components:

  • €95.00 for the Studentenwerk
  • €221.27 for the SemesterCard (semester ticket GVH+ semester ticket for the whole federal state)
  • €13.09 for the student body
  • €0.91 for the bike workshops
  • €75.00 contribution towards administrative costs
  • €1.00 for the Kulturticket
  • €2.20 for the semester ticket default fund
Transfer amount, bank details and further information about the reregistration

ADDITIONAL STUDY COSTS

  • Long-term tuition fees

    Long-term tuition fees of €500 are due as soon as students exceed the standard period of study plus six tolerance semesters. The standard period of study specifies in what time a degree programme can be completed. The standard period of study varies depending on the type of degree, and sometimes also on the type of university (for example, most Bachelor’s degree programmes have a standard period of study of six semesters).

    1. When are long-term tuition fees due?

    Long-term tuition fees of €500 are due as soon as students exceed the standard period of study plus six tolerance semesters.

    2. Rules governing exemption from paying long-term tuition fees

    The following students are exempt from paying long-term tuition fees:

    • Students who have been granted leave;
    • Students who care for a child under the age of 14 at the start of the relevant semester within the meaning of Section 25 (5) of the Federal Law on Support for Education and Training (BAföG) (To be proven by a birth certificate and a certificate of registration or household certificate for the current calendar year. Exemptions can then be given for two semesters; the supporting documents must therefore be resubmitted after one year; any changes to the student’s circumstances during the exemption period must be reported to the Registration Office without delay);
    • Students who care for a close relative in need of care within the meaning of Section 7 (3) of the Home Care Leave Act (German language only), according to an expert opinion issued by the Medical Review Board of the Statutory Health Insurance Funds, where the need for long-term care has been proven within the meaning of Section 3 (2) of the Home Care Leave Act. An up-to-date renewed document (confirmation) issued by the health insurance company must be presented each semester
    • Students who are already enrolled on a joint degree programme at another higher education institution and required to pay long-term tuition fees there;
    • Students who study abroad for a period of time as stipulated in the study regulations;
    • Students who undertake a practical semester as stipulated in the study regulations:
      1. It must be a practical semester as stipulated in the study or examination regulations.
      2. The period of practical training must be longer than the lecture period of the relevant semester.
      3. Teaching is limited to preparation and following up of the practical semester.
    • Students over the age of 60 who are required to pay tuition fees in accordance with Section 13 (4) of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz (NHG)).


    3. Waiver of the long-term tuition fee

    In individual cases, a waiver or a partial waiver of the long-term tuition fees is possible, on application, if the collection of this fee would lead to unreasonable hardship. Generally speaking, unreasonable hardship exists where

    • a handicap or severe illness has prolonged the duration of study; evidence of this must be provided in the form of an official doctor’s certificate (applications must have been submitted within one month of the end of the lecture period in that particular semester).
    • students have been the victim of a criminal offence causing the prolongation of their studies (applications must have been submitted within one month of the end of the lecture period in that particular semester).

    Applications for exemption should be submitted by the end of the re-registration period.

    Applications must be submitted within one month of the end of the lecture period of that relevant semester, subject to payment of the study fees (around mid/end of August or early/mid March).

  • Living expenses

    The Studentenwerk Hannover provides a detailed overview of living expenses.

    On average, a student in Hannover will need around €873.00 for living expenses each month. An additional monthly amount of €67.00 is required for study purposes, i.e. a total of around €940.00.

    Please note: These are average values intended for guidance only. Individual items may vary considerably; for example, costs for learning materials differ significantly, depending on the degree programme. Also, not all students own a car.

  • TV and radio licence fees

    For more information about TV and radio licence fees and the possibility to be exempted from paying them, please contact the Studentenwerk Hannover.

  • Supplementary courses & certificate programmes

QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDY COSTS?

Ask the social advice service of the Studentenwerk Hannover

The social service of the Studentenwerk Hannover offers support and advice on questions concerning student financing