In the coming winter semester, working students will be obliged to pay tuition fees at Austrian universities. After the obligation to pay tuition fees comes into force, TU Graz will award degree completion scholarships to working students to promote and support completion of the degree.
Linked to an appropriate progress in their studies, self-employed or non-self-employed, working (gainfully employed) bachelor, master and doctoral students with an annual income of between 5,959.80 and 11,919.60 euros can apply for a grant worth 500 euros per semester. ‘With this measure, we want to support our working students to complete their studies in a manageable period without further financial burden,’ emphasised Detlef Heck, TU Graz Vice Rector for Academic Affairs. He added: ‘Together with the University of Graz, we have endeavoured to establish a joint arrangement at the university location. In this way we are able to offer a unified solution to students in the science study programmes of our NAWI Graz cooperation.
Apart from gainful employment, the following criteria were defined as a prerequisite for making an application:
Apart from a valid registration for the respective degree programme and the entering into force of the obligation to pay tuition fees (i.e. the tolerance semester is exceeded), a progress of studies must be demonstrated – i.e. at least two thirds of the ECTS credits of the respective degree programme must be completed by the time of application, of which at least eight were in the semester preceding the application. Taxable income above the low-income threshold up to a maximum of double the low-income threshold in the calendar year preceding the application must be proved. For 2017 this limit lies at an annual income of 5,959.80 to 11,919.60 euros, and in 2018 between 6,132.70 euros and 12,265.40 euros. The application for an award of the scholarship to the amount of 500 euros per semester is to be made retrospectively to the beginning of the following semester at the Registration Office of TU Graz. The grant is awarded for a maximum time of four semesters in the case of a bachelor’s degree programme, two semesters in the case of a master’s degree programme, and four semesters in the case of a doctoral programme.