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Studierendenwerksbeitrag (Studierendenwerk Fee)
The social infrastructure (Cafeterias, Child Care Center, Student Accommodations, and Counseling Services) at the various educational institutions in Mannheim is partially financed through one part operational and service costs (rent, menu prices, etc.) and one part Studierendenwerk Fee. The Studierendenwerk Fee (sometimes called the semester fee) must be paid for upon enrollment and for the renewal of matriculation for the respective institution.
This principle of "Beitrag + Entgelt" (fee + costs) can be found at all higher education institutions in Germany.
The Studierendenwerk Fee in Mannheim consists of two components: The actual Studierendenwerk Fee and a contribution for the ÖPNV-Semesterticket which is paid directly to the transportation authority of the Rhein-Neckar (VRN).
Fee amount for the Spring/Summer Semester 2024
University of Mannheim students pay EUR 120,30 (EUR 35,30 is the Semesterticket contribution) per semester
University of Applied Sciences students pay EUR 120,30 (EUR 35,30 is the Semesterticket contribution) per semester
Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts students pay EUR 107,80 (EUR 22,80 is the Semesterticket contribution) per semester.
University of Popular Music and Music Business students pay EUR 107,80 (EUR 22,80 is the Semesterticket contribution) per semester.
Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim pay EUR 228,60 (58,60 is the Semesterticket contribution) per year. Depending on the appropriate duration of studies the contribution can be paid per semester (EUR 114,30; 29,30 of that is the contribution to the Semesterticket).
The Studierendenwerk Fee in Mannheim lies within the lower third of all the German Studierendenwerk despite the high number of services offered (number and high concentration of cafeterias and Cafés in the area, the Kinderhaus with its high reputation, psychological counseling center (PBS) with their various courses and counseling offers, social counseling, and financial support such as BAföG.)
The semester ticket contract expires at the end of the 2024 summer semester. Therefore, on December 14, 2023, the Administrative Board voted to change the amount of the contribution accordingly starting from HWS 2024/2025 or WS 2024/2025.
The Studierendenwerk Fee is not the same as the administration costs
The Studierendenwerk Fee is often thrown into the same pot as or is mixed up with the administrations fees of the respective institution to the amount of EUR 70,00. To make things easier for the payment process, the Studierendenwerk Fee is put together with the administration costs and is to be paid together. The Studierendenwerk however does not receive a single cent of this.
Reimbursement of the Studierendenwerk Fee
The following typically applies: The fee cannot be remitted, discounted, or deferred. No right to partial reimbursement exists in the case of Exmatriculation or withdraw during the semester.
Reimbursement of the Studierendenwerk Fee is only allowed in accordance with the conditions in the Beitragsordnung:
Payment of the Studierendenwerk Fee without enrollment (§6 Ziff.1 BO)
Exmatriculation before or within two weeks after the beginning of the Semester. (§6 Ziff.1 BO)
Enrollment at another higher education institution by the end of the first month of the semester (§6 Ziff. 2 BO)
The deadline is extended for one month if the semester start of the other institution begins at a later date and can be properly documented. Application for reimbursement.
Reimbursement is not possible in any other case not listed here.