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Fees & funding

Many applicants only start thinking about what costs they will incur and how they can pay for their studies when they receive their offer letter. First of all, you should make sure you know the difference between tuition fees and semester fees. You can apply for financial support to help cover your higher education costs, e.g. BAföG assistance from the state, or scholarship funding.

  • Semester fees & tuition fees

    All students must pay their university a semester fee, which is a contribution towards their studies. This covers administration fees and social costs and should be paid each semester. You should be aware that tuition fees vary between the different states and universities across Germany.

    Semester fees & tuition fees
  • Federal financial aid (BAföG)

    The financial support offered by the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz – BAföG) is designed to allow anyone to study if they want to, even if their social or economic circumstances would normally prevent them from doing so. The support is, however, subject to various statutory rules and regulations.

    Federal financial aid (BAföG)
  • Scholarships

    In addition to the support offered by BAföG, scholarships are another way for students to receive financial aid. Scholarships are awarded according to various criteria. There is a number of websites that provide information about the various scholarships offered across Germany.

    Scholarships
  • Education loan & student loans

    In addition to federal financial aid (BAföG) or scholarships, the federal government has set up an education loan (Bildungskredit) programme. This programme includes education investment funds and student loans, which can also help with financing your studies.

    Education loan & student loans