Härtefallantrag (Case of Hardship)

IMPORTANT: The applications are not being processed right now. They won’t be processed until 20.5. at the earliest, as the people responsible are unfortunately in quarantine.

Applications can only be processed if they are submitted in one single PDF or via postal services. Applications for takeover for the summer semester 2021 can no longer be processed in time, therefore please only submit applications for refunds.

Due to the increased demand, the processing of applications is currently taking longer than usual. We ask you not to send us your application twice. Applications can temporarily also be sent by e-mail (with scanned signature or university signature) to the e-mail address below. However, applications by postal mail are still very welcome.

Office Hours
Michel Breuer – AStA referent for social politics,
Wednesday 12pm – 2pm, cancelled on 12/5
via telephone +49 1573 4519766
Contact via e-mail: haertefallausschuss@stupa-due.de

1. FAQ
2. Which documents do I need?
3. Where can I hand in the application?
4. Deadlines
5. Contact points
6. How the application is being processed
7. More information on Case of hardship
8. Further information for re-registration

1. FAQ
What does Härtefall mean?
Härtefall literally translates to case of hardship. It means that you are in sudden, unforeseeable financial emergency which you did not cause yourself.
How does the AStA help?
After a successful application, we either pay for your Semesterticket for the next semester or repay the amount you paid for your Semesterticket in the ongoing semester. This depends on the kind of application you hand in.
How fast do we reply?
The Härtefall panel meets every 3 to 4 weeks. You can find the date of the next meeting here.
What does takeover of cost mean?
Takeover of costs means that the AStA is going to transfer the money for the Semesterticket to UDE directly. You must only pay the remaining amount (“Studiwerkbeitrag and “Studierendenschaftsbeitrag”).
What does refund mean?
Refund means that the AStA is going to repay you the amount you paid for the Semesterticket. You can only apply for this option after you already paid the fee to the university.
Can I hand in the application in English?

2. Which documents do I need?

  • The filled out form with all the attachments (the form for a refund application or the form for a takeover application)
  • Proof of your financial situation (copy of bank statements from the last 3 months for all your bank accounts, also e.g. master card accounts)
  • Certificate of enrolment for the current semester

Please keep in mind that the AStA can only proceed with your application once you have handed in all necessary documents.

3. Where can I hand in the application?
Due to the current situation you must send your application to the following address:

Finanzreferat des AStA der Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstr. 2, 45141 Essen.

Or send us an E-Mail to the following address: haertefallausschuss@stupa-due.de.

4. Deadlines
You can hand in application for a takeover at any time.
Applications for a refund must be handed in by the end of month before the last month of the regarding semester. Example: If you want to apply for a refund for summer semester 2020 you have to hand in the application by the end of August because the semester ends in September.

Due to the Corona pandemic, it is temporarily possible to apply for the refund of the Semesterticket contribution for the winter semester 19/20.

5. Contact points
There are several contact points which can help you in financial emergencies.

  • Studierendenwerk Essen-Duisburg (their social counselling) also offers a Härtefall fond, which includes small funds for up to 500€ without any surety
  • AStA also offers social counselling. Our counsellor provides information on financial support during your time at uni and also on the Härtefallantrag
  • Christian organisations
    • ESG- die evangelische Studierendengemeinde
    • Campus- Segen (the catholic equivalent)

6. How the application is being processed
The Härtefall panel is part of the UDE’s student parliament. They decide on your application. Members are elected for one year. This means that your contact person might change. Please do not address any AStA member in your application but rather use “Härtefall panel” as the addressee. You can find the date for the next panel meeting here. If you have any questions, please contact Härtefall panel via e-mail haertefallausschuss@stupa-due.de or visit them during their office hours-only they can provide you with information.

If the panel did not meet after three weeks after your handed in your application, please contact the AStA financial office.

You can also contact the AStA Department for Social Policy or the Social Counseling Service at any time if you have questions regarding applications or other financing options. If you are not satisfied with the overall process or the decision the Härtefall panel has come to, please contact the chair. They will reevaluate your case.

7. More information on Härtefall:

With this “Härtefallregelung”, the student parliament of the University of Duisburg-Essen is following a legal obligation arising from the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia. Consequently, the parliament has created the possibility of paying or refunding part of the costs of re-registration – namely those for the mobility contribution (contribution for the Semesterticket). The funds for this are raised by the other students as part of their student body contributions. The legal basis for this can be found in the “Beitragsordnung der Studierendenschaft ” and in the “Ordnung zur Rückerstattung und Übernahme der Kosten des Mobilitätsbeitrages der Studierendenschaft der Universität Duisburg-Essen”. Those students who are in a temporary financial emergency and would not be able to begin or continue their studies without this assistance are entitled to receive this assistance.

“Temporary” means that this support should be a temporary exception. The emergency situation and the exceptional case must be presented in writing to the Härtefall panel. If you have fundamental problems with the financing of your studies, please contact the social counseling service of the AStA or the Studierendenwerk (as early as possible).

As a “Härtefallantrag“, you need to submit an (informal) application. The primary concern is the authenticity of the signature. Informal means that no forms need to be filled out. However, it is only possible to apply in written form with your own signature and not by e-mail or by a telephone call or a visit to the AStA (but we will of course assist you with the application). And no worries – nobody expects a letter in perfect German or “polished language”. If it is easier for you, you can write in English.

There are two different payment methods: On your application, you should first note whether you need an advance payment or a subsequent repayment of the mobility contribution.

Takeover of costs means that the AStA is going to transfer the money for the Semesterticket to UDE directly. You must only pay the remaining amount. Refund means that you pay the “Sozial- und Studierendenschaftsbeitrag” (social and student body contribution) and the AStA is going to transfer the amount you paid for the Semesterticket directly to your bank account.

The student body of the university only pays for the ticket. The remaining part of the re-registration fee you have to pay yourself. This would normally be the 95.00€ for the Studierendenwerk and the 15.73€ for the student body – together, that is 110.73€. If you miss the re-registration deadline (possibly also due to late submission of this hardship application), the university will charge an additional administrative fee of 10€, which you will have to pay for yourself. In this case, your own contribution to the re-registration increases to 120,73€.

8. Further information for re-registration

The re-registration period for the summer semester 2021 runs from January 2 to February 28, 2020. The re-registration fee for the summer semester 2021 is 320.11 €. This includes 209.38 € mobility contribution (VRR Ticket (151.98 €) + NRW Ticket (57.40 €)) + 95 euros social contribution (for the Studierendenwerk) + 15.73 € student body contribution. If you miss the re-registration deadline, an administrative fee of 10 € will be added. The payment of the fees is part of the registration and re-registration for studies at the University of Duisburg Essen. This is regulated in § 4 (Registration) and § 8 (Re-registration) of the Registration Regulations of our university.

Payment must be made within the registration or re-registration deadline specified by the university. It is still considered to have been made on time if it is received by the university no later than the 6th working day after the expiry of this deadline. A later receipt of payment will result in the university charging an administration fee of 10 Euros (which must then be paid without being asked. There will be no further reminder).

It is one of the duties of the students to re-enroll in time and to pay the fees. If they fail to do so, the university will send a reminder. In doing so, the university will point out the legal consequences of exmatriculation and set a deadline for subsequent payment. If this last deadline is not met, the student will be de-registered on the last day of the semester for which he or she has regularly re-registered (§ 6 (5) of the Registration Regulations).

Please remember that without re-registration, your Semesterticket is invalid from the beginning of the following semester. Furthermore, if you are not (yet) enrolled/re-registered for the semester in question, you cannot take any exam or register for any exam. The examination office will then have a corresponding blocking notice. Your health insurance obligation as a student ends at the end of the month after the semester for which you last re-registered. If there is no other compulsory insurance from the second month onwards, the responsible health insurance company will include you in a so-called “Auffangversicherung” (“catch insurance”) without your intervention (but after a prior hearing). They are obliged to do so. The monthly minimum contribution there is about 200 Euro.

Students with a “student visa” will face problems with the immigration authorities because they will ask why your studies were interrupted or why you left university. The consequence is then at least a “Fiktionsbescheinigung”. With this, you are allowed to go to work, but it will be difficult to find an employer who wants to employ you.

BAföG, child benefit, orphan’s allowance, orphan’s pension, the maintenance claim against the parents, the public service allowance, family insurance – they all tie in with the status of “student” for adults. You no longer have this status if you are no longer enrolled.

Please take care of issues like these as early as possible, e.g. when you realize that you cannot pay the fees for re-enrollment.