Tuition fee waivers and reimbursements

 Reasons for granting tuition fee waivers from summer semester 2013
 Important information about applying for a tuition fee waiver
 Deadlines


Reasons for granting tuition fee waivers

Students who have been requested to pay tuition fees in order to continue their studies can apply to the university to receive a tuition fee waiver.

A tuition fee waiver can be granted for the following reasons: 

 Illness 

Due to an illness the student was prevented from studying for a single period of more than two months in the relevant semester.

Proof: doctor’s note issued by a specialist doctor
Duration of waiver: maximum of two consecutive semesters (students can re-apply)

 Pregnancy

Due to a pregnancy the student was prevented from studying for a single period of more than two months in the relevant semester.

Proof: doctor’s note issued by a specialist doctor
Duration of waiver: maximum of two consecutive semesters (students can re-apply)

 Childcare

Students acting as the principal carer for children up to 7 years of age (or older if the child starts school later) living in the same household.

Proof: child’s birth certificate, residence registration form (“Meldezettel”) of child and student as well as a sworn statement (Eidesstattliche Erklärung) issued by the student
Duration of waiver: maximum of two consecutive semesters (students can re-apply)

 Employment

As of 1 March 2019 working students who are required to pay a tuition fee due to exceeding the planned duration of their studies, may be reimbursed for the fee under certain conditions.

The corresponding application for the 2018/2019 winter semester can be made via LFU:online as of 1 March 2019. Applications for the 2019 summer semester are possible as of 1 October 2019.

The reimbursement directive, which has been adopted for the academic year of 2018/2019, stipulates the following framework conditions:

As in the past, tuition fees for students from Austria, from EEA countries and equivalent persons are only due when the standard period of study and two tolerance semesters are exceeded.

The tuition fee may be REFUNDED under the following conditions:

  • the double regular study time of the study programme or part of the study programme may not be exceeded
  • taxable annual income in the calendar year of 2018 between 6.135.70 Euros and 20,000 Euros gross (proof by income tax assessment, annual payslip of the employer or data transfer via finanzonline.bmf.gv.at)
  • proof of successful studying corresponding to 16 ECTS-Credits in the academic year of 2017/18
  • for the first application 120 ECTS-Credits must have been passed for BA-programmes and 80 ECTS-Credits for MA-programmes – for Diploma Programmes 2/3 of the respective part of the study programme

The proof regulations for doctoral/PhD-students can be found in the "Mitteilungsblatt".

 Disability

Disability of at least 50% according to legal provisions.

Proof: disabled persons’ card issued by the Federal Social Welfare Office
Duration of waiver: for the duration of the study programme / duration of the disability

 Military service or civilian service

Completion of military service or civilian service.

Students must apply for a tuition fee waiver during the same section (“Studienabschnitt”) of their diploma programme or during the same bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programme for which they wish to receive a tuition fee waiver. No tuition fee waiver can be granted if the period of military or civilian service took place during a section of studies (“Studienabschnitt”) or a bachelor’s or master’s programme that has been completed.

Proof: confirmation from military commando / civilian service agency

 Study grant

Students who received a study grant (from the Austrian state) during the previous semester or are receiving a study grant during the current semester in accordance with the Student Grants Act 1992, published in Federal Gazette number 305/1992.

Proof: written confirmation of study grant from the relevant branch of the Austrian study grant authority ("Studienbeihilfenbehörde").
Duration of waiver: maximum of two consecutive semesters (students can re-apply)

 Full text of the Tuition Fee Ordinance

Important
Students who are unable to provide the proof required for a tuition fee waiver by the relevant deadlines [winter semester: by 31.10. / summer semester: by 31.03] must pay the tuition fee. These students can then apply for this tuition fee to be reimbursed [winter semester: by 31.03. of the following year / summer semester: by 30.09.]. Students applying for reimbursement of tuition fees must provide the same proof required for a tuition fee waiver.


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Important information about applying for a tuition fee waiver

Students eligible for a tuition fee waiver on the basis of one of the grounds mentioned above must apply for this tuition fee waiver using the online student platform LFU:online.

Depending on the grounds for the application, the documents proving the eligibility for a tuition fee waiver must be submitted either as originals or as copies officially certified by a notary or court.
All certificates not issued in German (with the exception of certificates issued in English) must be accompanied by officially certified translations into German. These translations must be attached to the certificates using staples.

Important
Students who are granted a tuition fee waiver must nevertheless pay the Austrian Students Union fee by the end of the extension period at the latest. Students will only be officially registered to continue their course of studies once this fee has been paid. They can then print various confirmation sheets (confirmation of registration, admission record, etc.) via LFU:online.


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 Deadlines

Students eligible for a tuition fee waiver on the basis of one of the new grounds mentioned above must submit an application for this tuition fee waiver by 31 October (for the winter semester) or 31 March (for the summer semester) via the online students platform LFU:online.

Students who have not submitted an application (including all documentation proving eligibility for a tuition fee waiver) by the relevant deadline must pay the standard tuition fee (or the tuition fee plus 10% during the extension period) in order to continue studying. This also applies to students who become eligible for a tuition fee waiver during the semester. However, students can apply (with the necessary documentation proving eligibility for a tuition fee waiver) for the tuition fee to be reimbursed. Such applications for reimbursement must be submitted by 31 March of the following year (for the winter semester) or 30 September (for the summer semester).

As previously, the following groups of students (regardless of nationality) can also apply for a tuition fee waiver:

 Students completing a period of study or work experience abroad as part of a transnational mobility programme (e.g. Erasmus) organised by the EU, the national government or the university.

 Non-Austrian students taking part in such a mobility programme in Austria.



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