Exceptions/possibilities of exemption (on application)
In special cases (see below), the tuition fee for long-term students can be remitted. More detailed advice in this matter can be obtained from the Registrar's Office during consulting hours. Applications must be addressed to the Registrar's Office:
Abteilung Studium und Lehre
According to the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG), the following regulations for exemption in exceptional cases apply (Article 13, Paragraph 1 NHG):
The tuition fee for long-term students will not be charged for any semester or term, during which the student
- 1. is on leave of absence,
- 2. actually takes care of a child who is still under the age of 14 at the beginning of the respective semester or term, as specified in Article 25, Paragraph 5 BAföG (Federal Education Assistance Act),
- 3. takes care of a close relative as specified in Article 7, Paragraph 3 of the Caregiver Leave Act (Pflegezeitgesetz), and proof of care dependency has been furnished as specified in Article 3, Paragraph 2 of the Caregiver Leave Act,
- 4. completes a period of study abroad required by the study regulations or examination regulations,
- 5. completes a placement semester required by the study regulations or examination regulations,
- 6. completes the practical year according to Article 1, Paragraph 2, Clause 1 No. 1 of the Regulations for the Licensing of Medical Doctors or performs follow-up course work on the practical training according to Article 3, Paragraph 1, Clause 5 of the Regulations for the Licensing of Medical Doctors.
The following additional provisions for exemption are contained in Article 14, Paragraph 2, Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG):
The fees and charges according to Article 13 may be remitted in full or in part on application, if payment of such fees would cause undue hardship. In general, the tuition fee for long-term students constitutes an undue hardship
- 1. in cases of prolonged periods of study due to disablement or serious illness, or
- 2. for students who are victims of a crime with the effect of prolonging their duration of study.
To prove fulfilment of the prerequisites according to Clause 2 No. 1, a doctor?s certificate issued by a public health officer must be submitted. The relevant application can be lodged until one month after the end of the respective semester's period of lecture at the latest.