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Pay the Austrian Student Union Fees and Tuition

How much are my studies? Once you have paid your Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, any tuition fees for that semester, you will be an official student at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

 

Austrian Student Union Fee

The Austrian Student Union fee is €20.20 (last update: Fall 2020) and must be paid every semester.

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Department

Admissions Office

Location

Bank Bldg

Tuition Fees

Principally, all students studying at a university in Austria are subject to a general tuition fee requirement.

  Tuition Fees / Semester Tuition Fees / Semester during the Grace Period
Degree-Seeking Students
(after the allocated duration to complete studies + the tolerance semesters)
€ 363.36 € 399.70 (= +10%)
Third Country Nationals € 726.72 € 726.72

Please note:

  • Within the outlined duration of study plus two tolerance semesters (for Diploma degree programs per study section) European Union and/or EWR citizens are not subject to paying tuition. Additional information about exemptions and waiving fees is available below.

Due to the current situation and to protect you and our employees at the Admissions Office, applications for admission can only be submitted by e-mail to: studienbeitrag@jku.at. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Additional Information regarding Tuition Fees

Information regarding COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") for Military or Alternative Civil Service

If you completed public service or delayed military service, or completed supplementary alternative civil service during Summer Semester 2020, you can apply for a refund for Summer Semester 2020 or apply to waive tuition for Winter Semester 2020/2021 in accordance with § 3 COVID-19 Study Law Regulations.

Under § 91 Sec. 1 of the Universities Act, degree-seeking students hindered from studying for longer than two months during Summer Semester 2020 as they completed public service or delayed military service, or completed supplementary alternative civil service during Summer Semester 2020, are entitled to submit an application to waive tuition fees in the following cases:

 

1. for Summer Semester 2020, if subject to paying tuition fees in this semester

 

or

 

2. for a semester following Summer Semester 2020 if, hypothetically during Summer Semester 2020 as a semester determined to be in the tuition-free period in accordance with § 3 of the laws governing tuition fees and is not counted as part of the past number of completed semesters, is not a degree-seeking program in which the student was actively admitted to, and if not subject to mandatory tuition fees.

 

Application to Waive and/or Reimburse Tuition Fees for Military or Alternative Civil Service

Exemption from Tuition Fees

There is a distinction between temporary and general requirements to waive tuition fees:

 

Exempt for a Limited Time Period

If you are a degree-seeking student at the JKU and/or at another university in Austria, you are not subject to paying tuition fees as long as you complete your degree program within the designated time period to complete a degree, plus two tolerance semesters (for Diploma degree programs per study section) and one of the following points applies:

  1. Austrian citizens,
  2. EU citizens,
  3. EEA citizens (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein),
  4. Nationals of the Swiss Confederation,
  5. Convention refugees (also from another EU country),
  6. Subsidary beneficiaries of protection,
  7. Third-country nationals who have been granted one of the following residence permits: "Daueraufenthalt - EG" or "Daueraufenthalt - EU" issued by the responsible Austrian authority, "Daueraufenthalt - EG" or "Daueraufenthalt - EU" issued by the responsible authority of a another member country, a residence permit for Austria issued by the responsible Austrian authority,
  8. Turkish nationals on the basis of the EEC-Turkey Association Agreement, providing he/she duly lives with parents who are Turkish nationals and the parents are or were legally employed in Austria
  9. Student to whom the group regulation applies
  10. Students who have another Austrian residence permit than "Aufenthaltsbewilligung Studierende"

 

Please note:

  • Submit proof for a residence permit (pts. 5 - 10) within the admissions period either in person or by sending an e-mail to the Admissions Office.
  • Even if you are exempt from paying tuition fees, you must still pay the Austrian Student Union fee each semester.
  • If you exceed the designated time period to complete your degree program, plus the two additional tolerance semesters, you will be subject to paying tuition fees and the student union fee each semester.

 

General Exemption

Degree-seeking students who are citizens of a country listed in the annex to § 4 Sec. 2 subpara. 1 of the regulations regarding tuition fees are generally exempt from paying tuition fees. You will be subject, however, to paying the Austrian Student Union fee each semester for the duration of your studies.

Waiving Tuition Fees

You can apply to waive tuition for certain reasons. You must submit an application to waive tuition fees waiver to the Admissions Office in person, by postal mail services, or e-mail by October 31 for the Winter Semester and by March 31 for the Summer Semester.

 

A basic distinction is made between legal grounds to waive fees and reasons to waive fees as outlined by the JKU Rectorate:

 

Legal Basis to Waive Fees

You must include the following documentation along with the application.

Reason

Note

Required Documentation

Child-Care Responsibilities  
  • The student is the child's primary caregiver up to the child's 7th birthday and/or until the child begins school
  • You must notify the Admissions Office immediately if there are any changes in living circumstances.
 
 
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Applicant's residency registration form
  • Child's residency registration form
  • Affidavit verifying that you are the child's main caregiver

Please note:

  • The addresses on residency registration forms must match
  • At the start of the semester, the residency registration forms may not be older than 3 months
 
Pregnancy Studies hindered from continuing studies for two months or longer due to pregnancy

Current and updated confirmation issued by a medical doctor

 
Illness Studies will be hindered for more than two months during the semester due to illness

Confirmation issued by a medical doctor

 
Receiving Student Financial Aid Receiving financial aid in accordance with 1992 Financial Aid Laws during the past or during the current semester Official notification issued by the student financial aid office
Disability Students who have 50% degree of physical disability Official ID and documents issued by the Federal Social Services Office
Military Service or Alternative Civil Service  

Confirmation issued by military command and/or the alternative civil service agency.

Please note:

  • The conscription order alone does not qualify as confirmation or verification.
  • If an official academic leave of absence is requested for the period to complete mandatory military or alternative service, tuition fees for additional semesters will not be waived for this reason
 
Mobility Program Documentation of having successfully completed studies or an internship as part of a transnational EU, state, or university mobility program Confirmation issued by the responsible program coordinator or letter of notification
Mutual Waiver between Universities A university partnership agreement between the JKU Linz and an academic university abroad which recognizes and specifically states a mutual waiver of tuition fee Partnership Agreement

 

Please note:

  • Beginning Winter Semester 2018/2019,you may no longer apply to waive tuition fees on the basis of gainful employment. The Constitutional Court revoked the waiver without substitution effective beginning June 30, 2018. There is a new scholarship regulation at the JKU for a certain group of students previously entitled to a fee waiver.

 

Reasons to Waive Fees as Outlined by the Rectorate

You must include the following documentation along with the application.

Reason

Note

Documentation

"School Students at the University" program School students in the "SchülerInnen an die Unis" program attending classes at the JKU Linz (enrolled as non-degree seeking students) in which they receive academic credit. The program has been supervised by the OeAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst) since January 2020. No additional documentation is required
Student Union Office/Function Students who worked as student representatives at the JKU Linz for at least one semester during the tuition-free period, for the duration of their term of office, but a maximum of four semesters. Excerpt from Inside ÖH, signed by the chairperson of the university representation office at the JKU Linz

Attending Courses for the Enrollment Eligibility Program

Please note:

  • In this case, only subsequent waiver in the form of reimbursement is possible. The tuition fee must therefore be paid in advance, in full.
 
Payment confirmation of fees (invoice)
MORE Students Non-degree seeking students, participants in the uniko initiative "MORE" program (Major No. 992/956). No additional documentation is required

Reimbursing Tuition Fees

You can apply for tuition fee reimbursement providing documentation supporting a reason for tuition fee reimbursement could not be submitted within the deadline and therefore the tuition fee has already been paid for the current semester. The application tuition fee reimbursement for Winter Semester must be submitted to the Admissions Office in person, by postal mail services, or by e-mail by the following March 31, for the Summer Semester by the following September 30.

 

You must include the following documentation along with the application:

Note: Use the same form as for the immediate tuition fee waiver.

 

Reason

Note

Required Documentation

Childcare Responsibilities  
  • The student is the child's primary caregiver up to the child's 7th birthday and/or until the child begins school
  • You must notify the Admissions Office immediately if there are any changes in living circumstances.
 
 
  • Child's birth certificate
  • Applicant's residency registration form
  • Child's residency registration form
  • Affidavit verifying that you are the child's main caregiver

Please note:

  • The addresses on residency registration forms must match
  • At the start of the semester, the residency registration forms may not be older than 3 months
 
Pregnancy Studies hindered from continuing studies for two months or longer due to pregnancy Current Medical Confirmation issued by a medical physician
Illness Studies will be hindered for more than two months during the semester due to illness Current Medical Confirmation issued by medical physician
Receiving Financial Aid Receiving financial aid in accordance with 1992 Financial Aid Laws during the past or during the current semester Official notification issued by the student financial aid office
Disability Students who have 50% degree of physical disability Official ID and documents issued by the Federal Social Services Office
Military Service or Alternative Civil Service  

Confirmation issued by military command and/or the alternative civil service agency.

Please note:

  • The conscription order alone does not qualify as confirmation or verification.
  • If an official academic leave of absence is requested for the period to complete mandatory military or alternative service, tuition fees for additional semesters will not be waived for this reason
 
Mobility Program Documentation of having successfully completed studies or an internship as part of a transnational EU, state, or university mobility program Confirmation issued by the responsible program coordinator or letter of notification
Mutual Waiver between Universities A university partnership agreement between the JKU Linz and an academic university abroad which recognizes and specifically states a mutual waiver of tuition fee Partnership Agreement

 

Please note:

  • New rules beginning Winter Semester 2018/2019 state you may no longer submit an application to waive tuition fees due to being employment as the corresponding enactment was revoked by the Constitutional Court on June 30, 2018, with no replacement regulation. The JKU has new regulations regarding tuition fees for a certain group of students previously entitled to waive tuition fees.

  • Please use the same form as for the immediate tuition fee waiver.

Paying Tuition Fees Out.

In certain cases, you can request that the tuition fee be paid out to you. If, for example, you complete your studies by the end of the grace period, you can apply to paid out for the semester in question. There are different deadlines according to your educational background/type of degree program.

Contact the Admissions Office (studienbeitrag@jku.at) to obtain the proper form.

Payment Options

The Austrian Student Union fee and/or tuition fees can be paid via bank transfer/online banking.

Please note:

  • When transferring funds, please enter your current customer information (a 12-digit number) in the field "Payment Reference" (="Zahlungsreferenz") availabe in KUSSS under the menu item "Tuition". The payment reference changes each semester!

Our Tip

You can find your payment status regarding the Austrian Student Union fee/tuition in your KUSSS account.

Payment Deadline

During the general admission period (see registration deadline), you will be required to pay the regular tuition or Austrian Student Union fee. During the grace period, the tuition fee for enrolled students will increase by 10%. The Austrian Student Union fee does NOT increase during the grace period!

There are different deadlines to consider depending on your educational qualifications/type of degree program.

Please note:

  • Failure to pay the Austrian Student Union fee and/or any tuition fees by the end of the grace period by the end of the deadline will result in being disenrolled from the university!
  • The amount of tuition you owe must be paid in full within the admission period (and grace period)! Partial payment is not permitted.