The German Student Services are responsible for providing social, financial and cultural support services to students. Growing out of student self-help groups, today the Student Services are organized under state jurisdiction and almost all have become public institutions.
In North Rhine-Westphalia the Student Services have been organized since 1974 as independent public institutions with the right to self-administration.
A judicial statute from September 16, 2014 (GV.NRW 2014, page 547) governing the Student Services in North Rhine-Westphalia sets out the duties and local responsibilities of the Student Services for the individual universities.
Financing and Performance Data
The Student Services in NRW are social service companies. Financial management and accountancy must comply with commercial principles.
The importance of the Student Services, employing almost 4.500 workers, also as a significant economic factor for NRW, can be seen, for example, in the earnings for 2022, which totaled € 414 million.
The comparatively inexpensive prices for services are possible due to students’ semester fees, self-generated revenue as well as state subsidies to set off the running costs of operation.
The twelve Student Services in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
responsibility: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hochschule Bochum, Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen, Technische Hochschule Georg Agricola, EBZ Business School, Hochschule für Gesundheit, Evangelische Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe und die Folkwang Universität der Künste, Studienort Bochum
responsibility: Technische Universität Dortmund, Fachhochschule Dortmund, Folkwang Hochschule im Ruhrgebiet, location Dortmund, Fernuniversität Hagen, Fachhochschule Südwestfalen in Iserlohn, ISM Dortmund, BITS Iserlohn (only financial aid), SHR Hamm (only financial aid)