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Study funding : The semester fee as a hurdle

The semester fees are due – for many students, an amount that is not applied to the Quick. A fundraising campaign Arbeiterkind.de makes attention to this issue.

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Study funding : The semester fee as a hurdle

The semester fees are due – for many students, an amount that is not applied to the Quick. A fundraising campaign Arbeiterkind.de makes attention to this issue. State higher education institutions charge in Germany, no tuition fees. Twice a year, in February and in August, it will be tough for many students. The semester contributions are due, with the Unis and administrative expenses, public TRANSPORT Tickets and social security contributions ceiling. This amount is depending on the Federal state and the University at 300 to 400 euros. In Berlin at the FU currently 311,99 Euro, similar to the other Berlin universities.
Anna, a Berlin student of social work, noted this year's request for payment prior to a large Problem. In addition to her studies, she goes to work because their parents cannot support them financially, but still only a small Bafög benefits. The care of a relatives. As the Bafög requested the office, after the fourth Semester credits, had to go back to Anna, she was in your Bachelor's program. The Bafög was deleted – and now the fee was due. So arbeiterkind.de a Covenant describes-wide Initiative in support of academics, Anna's history – and launched a donation campaign for you and other students (https://de.gofundme.com/cause/arbeiterkind). The names of the victims are anonymous for the Internet protocols, but Arbeiterkind.de according to the Initiative known.

Similar cases are known for a long time known

Katja Urbatsch founder of arbeiterkind.de that cases such as Anna's for a long time. Always, if the universities send requests to your payment, reached, the Initiative of letters and phone calls from students who are unable to afford this amount, says Urbatsch. This Winter, she launched the crowdfunding campaign in which they called on the separatists to support Anna and another student with donations. After the Start of the campaign, more students will be reported with the same Problem. Also, your cases will be advertised on the side of Arbeiterkind.de . Students who receive Bafög scholarships and financial weak families are unable to cope with the once fee due, says Urbatsch. In the calculation of Bafög-rate, the semester contribution is not taken into account, he would have to be from the Saved-up paid. Such reserves existed.
The Crowdfunding campaign was a success: Within a few days, the donation target has been achieved for the students, of the you cases, can pay their contributions and, in some cost for books. Further individual donations to campaigns, does not want to start arbeiterkind.de says Urbatsch. It calls for a long-term solution of the policy: The re-registration fees would have to be taken into account with the Bafög-Reform, which is to apply from the autumn of 2019, in the calculation of the rates as well as rising rental costs.

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