Is the broadcasting fee also compulsory for students? There are some exceptions, but usually they also have to make the contribution of € 17.50 per month to be paid by each household.
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In the following cases students do not have to pay a broadcasting fee:
• still live with the parents
• under 25 years old, parents are exempt from the broadcasting fee
• Spouse is exempt from the license fee
• approved application for exemption
As a rule, people who are severely handicapped or receive social benefits are exempted from payment – as a rule, the BAföG is the decisive factor for students. Although hardship applications are possible, they are hardly ever approved in reality. Important: The receipt of social benefits alone does not automatically lead to an exemption from the broadcasting fees for students – this requires an official application to the Fee Collection Center.
The fee collection center website has a pre-printed application that must be completed and submitted with a copy of the BAföG notice, preferably within two weeks of approval of the training grant. While a certified copy was needed in the past, a simple one is enough today.
Also new since 2017: The exemption from the broadcasting fee is possible up to three years retroactively. Even former students may be able to recover their broadcasting fees under certain circumstances.
The apartment is a room that is suitable for sleeping and accessible via a public corridor; no matter if bathroom and kitchen are available. A room in a dorm can therefore also be considered an apartment as a fully equipped shared apartment with multiple residents. Students in the dorm therefore often pay only the broadcasting fee of 17.50 euros a month, while a three-person flat share the costs by three. If one of the students is exempted from the obligation to contribute, this does not apply to the whole shared flat.
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