Every student’s concern is: How much do I have to pay and how am I going to pay for it?
The “it” in question refers to tuition fees, but I probably don’t need to tell you that. It’s every student’s pain, at least for those who do not have the luxury of having “it” paid for by parents or grandparents. Many students, like our very own Olivia, have to work during their studies and ask for extra financial support in order to get by.
However, is this good, though? Shouldn’t someone else pay for the nasty fees so that we are able to study in placid peace.
Well, the SPD has said that they want to make fees history. Their plan for their next legislative period is to cancel the tuition fees. The thing is: Their period lasts till 2015. So, are we going to see and feel the changes in the next few months or at the end of their legislative period?
All that we know from other sources is that the University needs the money in order to pay for tutors, for example. The fact is that people do not realize that it takes longer to see any clear change. If the money source is cut off, the conditions at the University might deteriorate further. I don’t think we want that, do we now!? But is it fair that we should bear the burden?
All we know for sure is that the SPD gave us, more or less, a promise. That is really what they’ve said! That is probably also one of the many reasons that the SPD was elected in the first place. I can imagine that many students voted for them, with the hope of getting rid of the tuition fee. But the next step would be to compensate the money household and take care of the University-money-issue. If it’s going to be a success is most definitely a mystery.
Come what may, we know that changes are about to occur. “What” kind of change is, sadly, a surprise and more importantly “when” is another one. All we can do is press the matter and even suggest compromises in order to get something done correctly. But it is also important to do that united and not just to rely on one body.
“We’ve always rejected tuition fees. That’s why we’re going to abolish these tuition fees in this legislative period. We’re going to compensate the financial losses from the university with other financial means – in this case Hamburg’s household”
PD Dr. Peter Tschentscher (SPD), February 4, 2011