Why are most students liberal

Downstream tuition fees

Our position

  • Universities should be able to choose to introduce downstream tuition fees
  • As before, students can initially study free of charge. As soon as they acquire sufficient income, however, they should contribute to the financing of the costs incurred
  • The tuition fees represent an additional source of income, not a substitute for state funds
  • They may not flow into the general budget of the federal states, either directly or indirectly (e.g. as reductions in the higher education sector)
  • There will be a cap on the maximum allowable amount (FDP NRW demands around 500 euros)
  • A committee in which all status groups are represented should decide on the use of the funds

You can find the decision here

Our reasoning

  • Education is an investment:
    • Those who complete a degree have been shown to earn more on average later than a non-academic
  • It would be unfair if, for example, non-studied craftsmen were to finance their studies for the academics of tomorrow through their taxes
    • (Incidentally, that's what Karl-Marx said, who also spoke out in favor of tuition fees)
  • Tuition fees improve the attractiveness and performance of universities
    • that is to say, more extensive funding is necessary
    • faster modernization and improvement of study conditions
  • Income can be used to improve teaching
    • also strengthens the students' position when it comes to having a say: "I have paid, I want something in return"
  • Tuition fees lead to increased competition for students

numbers, data, facts

  • The expenditures for universities in Germany increased between 2,000 and 2016 from 16.2 to 29.9 billion euros (https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/36284/umfrage/oeffenen-aus-fuer-hochschulen -after-corporation groups /) - all from taxpayers' money
  • Studying just one student costs taxpayers an average of 11,000 euros a year. A medical degree costs as much as 31,690 euros per student annually. At private universities (which usually charge tuition fees), the individual student costs an average of only 5,920 euros per year. (http://www.spiegel.de/lebenundlernen/uni/statistik-so-viel-kosten-studenten-ihre-unis-pro-jahr-a-1078683.html)
  • The increasing income from third-party funds (i.e. financial resources that do not come from public budgets) help the universities in the field of research, but these rarely contribute to improving teaching
  • The number of students rose from 1.9 million to 2.8 million in the last ten years alone (https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/221/umfrage/nummer-der-studenten- at-german-universities /)
  • Academics earn an average of 2,450 euros net per month; People who have completed an apprenticeship 1,850 euros, without a degree only 1,400 euros
  • 44% of German citizens are in favor of tuition fees. Even 50% as soon as they know about the future earning potential and almost 60% if the tuition fees are only claimed afterwards (source: Ifo Education Barometer 2015)
  • 2.8 million people are currently studying in Germany - with tuition fees of 500 € / semester, 2.8 billion euros more would flow into the education system every year

Counter arguments

"Tuition fees impair equal opportunities!"

  • Financial circumstances or origin are irrelevant, as tuition fees are only paid later (in professional life)

"The state withdraws from responsibility"

  • Tuition fees are seen as an additional source of income, not a substitute for government funding

"As a result, rows of young people get into debt with their studies"

  • the student pays the tuition fees after his studies, but only if he earns enough - those who do not earn enough pay nothing

"Education in Germany must be free of charge"

  • The basic education that everyone goes through is and will of course remain free
  • However, only a small part of the population attends further, academic education. It would be unfair if we of all people (who will later earn the most of all anyway) finance their training with taxpayers' money.
  • Or to put it another way: Today the doctor's assistant pays the doctor's daughter's medical studies with her taxes. That's unfair.