Financing the Studentenwerke

Germany's 57 Studentenwerke are funding themselves by self-generated revenue, semester fees, subsidies by the state governments, reimbursement of expenses for handling the federal grants and loans system ("BAföG") and by subsidies from local public bodies.
  • Almost two thirds of income (64.5%) is generated by the Studentenwerke themselves from rental income, revenue from university catering and other income, for example from interest revenues.
  • The percentage of overall income from semester fees was 16.7% in 2012. Average semester fees in Germany are 58 euros per semester. The semester fees are not tuition fees, but mandatory social contributions by each student to his/her local Studentenwerk.
  • The Studentenwerke fulfil a public mandate by shaping the social framework conditions for studying. In return, they receive subsidies or financial help from the respective federal state amounting to 9.7% of overall income.
  • The Studentenwerke receive 6% of their income as reimbursement of expenses for handling the federal study financing system “BAFöG” in 15 federal states.
  • The other subsidies, which are usually subsidies by local public bodies for child-care in Studentenwerk day-care centres, make up 3.6% of the overall income.