Financing your Studies

Is the financial investment in part-time continuing education worth it? What costs will I incur and how can I best manage them? There are many questions surrounding the financing of part-time studies. Before you start your part-time studies at the Professional School, we recommend that you draw up an individual financing plan. The information on this page will help you to determine the total costs of your studies, to reduce your own contribution with discounts and tax savings and to select suitable financing options.

You are also welcome to use our advisory service to clarify your financing questions in a personal conversation.

Professional programmes: fees and costs

To calculate the total cost of your part-time continuing education degree program, there are several cost items to consider.

Tuition fees

Unlike regular degree programs, which you complete full or part-time at a university, tuition fees are charged for the Professional School's continuing education programs, as all services are financed from participation fees and no additional subsidies are provided by the state as part of the separation calculation. The tuition fees are used, for example, to finance teaching materials, the holding of classroom events, the e-learning platform, and the support provided by the program coordinator and the Professional School team.

Payment of tuition fees in installments is possible in all Bachelor's and Master's programs of the professional school. The program coordinators will be happy to answer your questions on payment in installements.

Semester contribution

A semester contribution is due each semester. It comprises the Studentenwerk contribution, a student contribution (AStA) and an administrative charge. Students at the Professional School are issued with a student ID card that offers a wide range of benefits such as discounts on cultural events and special student prices from a number of providers. The semester ticket does not apply to the students of the Professional School. For all students of the Professional School, the semester fee is therefore reduced by the corresponding amount.

Other costs

For the block seminars on the professional programme, you may need to travel to Lüneburg and stay in a hotel or guest house. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need advice on accommodation.

Funding your studies

Once, those seeking professional development opportunities had no funding options other than those offered by their organisations. The past few years have seen a gradual change in this situation. In line with the growing demand for life-long learning, traditional funding options for training and study are increasingly being extended to continuing education, and new funding options are being developed.


A wide range of scholarships are available and the award criteria vary. Options include:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD): The DAAD's extensive scholarship database for for­eign stu­dents, gra­dua­tes and aca­de­mics of­fers ap­p­li­cants a wide ran­ge of tips and in­for­ma­ti­on to help them suc­cess­ful­ly ap­p­ly for a scho­lar­ship for a cour­se of stu­dy, a re­se­arch as­si­gn­ment or a teaching as­si­gn­ment in Ger­ma­ny.
  • Deutschlandstipendium: The Deutschlandstipendium pro­vi­des fi­nan­ci­al and non-ma­te­ri­al sup­port to high-achie­ving and com­mit­ted stu­dents from all over the world. Mo­del­led af­ter the prin­ciple of pu­blic-pri­va­te part­nership, busi­nes­ses, foun­da­ti­ons or pri­va­te in­di­vi­du­als spon­sor young ta­lents in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the Ger­man Go­vern­ment. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, the Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um sup­ports you through con­cur­rent men­to­ring pro­gram­mes, net­wor­king events and in­ternships.
  • MAWISTA - Scholarship for students studying abroad with a child: The MAWISTA scholarship is sup­porting stu­dents stu­dy­ing ab­road with a child. The ap­p­li­ca­ti­on dead­line is Ja­nu­a­ry 15th.
  • (only available in German): MyStipendium pro­vi­des an over­view of scho­lar­ships that are avail­able for stu­dents with nu­merous dif­fe­rent cha­rac­te­ris­tics.
  • Fundraising is also a way of obtaining financial support for further education costs. For a fee, GoFundMe, for example, offers the opportunity to independently collect donations for education costs as part of a campaign.
  • The Scholarship Compass: The  Stipendienkompass also offers helpful orientation in the German scholarship landscape as an independent and free information and counselling service. The Scholarship Compass team highlights funding opportunities and provides information on selection criteria and application processes.

(January 2023. All information is without guarantee for completeness and correctness. Please obtain information directly from the respective provider/tax advisor).


Student loans and education funds are one way to fully cover the costs of part-time study. With most providers, you can apply for loan amounts of up to five figures to finance your studies. The loan must be repaid, usually with interest, after completion of the degree and a grace period of up to two years. However, there are also some providers who offer interest-free loans. The CHE-Studienkredit-Test 2023 presents the nationwide offer in detail and also points out hidden hooks and eyes. Given the variety of different loan models, it is not possible to recommend one loan as 'the' best. The individual models each offer different advantages and disadvantages to different target groups. For better comparability, all loans are assessed according to the same five evaluation criteria (access, parental independence, costs, risk limitation, flexibility) in the CHE student loan test. Please note the different funding requirements of the providers: Unfortunately, international students and part-time studies are not always considered.

(December 2022. All information is without guarantee for completeness and correctness. Please obtain information directly from the respective provider/tax advisor.)

Tax Deduction

You can deduct the full cost of your part-time studies at the Professional School as income-related expenses from your taxes in Germany if this is your second degree program. If it is your first degree and you have not completed a vocational training, you can still deduct your study costs as special expenses up to a maximum of 6,000 Euros per year.

(January 2023. All information is without guarantee for completeness and correctness. Please obtain information directly from the respective provider/tax advisor.)

Support from your employer

It can also be worth enquiring about possible funding or support from your employer for a professional degree. Employers often offer their staff various forms of assistance for external professional development – after all, they also benefit from their employees’ new expertise. For example, employers may contribute to tuition or travel costs, give you days off work or educational leave for the block seminars, or agree flexible working time.

Student discounts

Your student status qualifies you for a wide range of discounts, for example in the purchase of hardware such as laptops and smartphones, for Internet and mobile contracts, bank accounts, credit cards and insurance, newspaper and magazine subscriptions and travel, to name but a few. You will find a list of possible student discounts on the mystipendium site (in german).

Contact & Advising

For further information or to schedule a personal consultation please contact