Contributions to the Studentenwerk Potsdam for the summer semester 2020

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Online teaching and closed canteens: Why do I still have to pay contributions to the Studentenwerk?

In the wake of the Corona Pandemic and the restrictions in everyday university life, we receive  requests from you as regards the repayment of your contributions („Studentenwerksbeitrag“). We cannot offer all services to the known extent, but we are still there for you!

What is the Studentenwerkbeitrag and what is it used for?

When you register or re-register at your university, you pay semester fees.  50 euros of this goes to us each semester. From this Studentenwerkbeitrag we are able to provide services such as:

  • Affordable student housing
  • Redevelopment of our halls of residence
  • Affordable food in our canteens and cafeterias
  • Funding of student projects
  • Contributions to associations (e.g. to Deutsches Studentenwerk) and to the leisure accident insurance
  • Granting of hardship loans and graduation loans
  • Grants for students who are in need through no fault of their own
  • Support for students with children (e.g. student child benefit)
  • Various counselling services (social counselling, psychosocial counselling, job placement service)

We provide many of these services even now:

  • The halls of residence are still open.
  • Our counsellors and clerks advise you by telephone or e-mail.
  • Our job placement service publishes current offers online.
  • Contributions for students' leisure accident insurance are paid on an ongoing basis.
  • Loans, emergency aid and student child benefit are being granted to students.
  • We still pay the membership fees to the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW). As a federal association, it works on behalf of all 57 Stundenten- and Studierendenwerk to improve the social conditions for students. During the Corona Pandemic, the DSW articulates demands to politicians to mitigate the economic and financial consequences for students.

Can I get a refund for the Studentenwerksbeitrag for the summer semester 2020?

Studentenwerksbeiträge are a social contribution of a special kind that is levied on all students on a solidarity basis on the basis of § 81 sentence 1 no. 3 (formerly § 83 sentence 2 no. 2) of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG). In this respect, the contribution is not a contractually owed benefit that could be refused under certain circumstances if the consideration is not provided, for example, because the canteens are partially closed.
According to § 4 of the Studentenwerk Potsdam's contribution regulations, the contribution cannot be waived, reduced, or deferred. These regulations also specify which students can be exempted from paying fees upon written application (e.g., in case of illness). For further information, please contact our social advisor.