Tuition fees in Germany

»  German version (with more information)

In germany, education policiy is the responsibility of the 16 federal states with not much influence of the German government. The Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) decides on th 26th of january 2005 that the German government will not have the power to strictly prevent the federal states from establishing their own individual fees.

Fees for studying "too long" were already established in some federal states in 1997. Between 1970 and 1997 no fees were demanded. The new descision implies that, now, the federal states are allowed to resolve tuition fees starting with the first term.

Please bear in mind that students in Germany have to pay for their student union and for social affairs. These contributions aren't mentioned here. I'm only talking about tuition fees.

The following table shows you planned or stopped tuition fees and what has already been implemented. All costs are meant for a semester. For more information (only in German) there is a link to the federal states.

All federal states which had general tuition fees (Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland) already stopped tuition fees again. Special kinds of fees still exist.

Edited: 10/02/2014 Tuition fees Plans Other costs2
Baden-Württemberg A
[500 € only 2007-2011/2012]
O 500 €+
I up tp 1000 € 60 €
Bavaria (Bayern) A
[500 € only 2007-2013]
O up to 2500 €
- -
Berlin - - 51 €
Brandenburg - - 51 €
Bremen L 500 € - 50 €
Hamburg A
[375 € 2008/2009-2012; 500 € 2007/2008]
- 50 €
Hesse (Hessen) A
[500 € only 2007/2008]
50 €
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) - - <=50 €
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) A
[500 € only 2007-2014]
L 500 €
- 75 €
North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) A
[500 € only 2006/2007-2011]
- -
Z 650 € - -
Saarland A
[500 € only 2007/2008-2009/2010]
L+Z <=400 €
- -
Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) L 500 € - "admin. costs" X  €6
Saxony (Sachsen) Z 30-450 € L intented: 25-150 €5
Schleswig-Holstein - - -
Thuringia (Thüringen) L 500 € - -


A Tuition fees starting with the beginning of university education („general tuition fees“).
A General tuition fees already stopped.
I Tuition fees for international students from outside the EU/EWR.
L Surcharge for students studying for more than 5-7 years (according to the field of study chosen). All terms count including even former fields of studies.
K "Studienkonten" (in fact a special version of the surcharge mentioned)
O Tuition fees for occupational studies.
Z Tuition fees for post-graduates starting a new and different subject.

2 In this column you find charges for enrolment and administratiin. I mention these costs because in the past you didn't have to pay for that.
3 At present / in the future (next 5 years). Worst case.
5 Examination fees
6 Optional charges for learning aids, libraries and other facilities of the university.

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