Tuition Funding

General Information

Since winter semester 2013/14 Bavarian universities and colleges receive state funding grants to replace course fees which were abolished at the end of summer semester 2013. The level of this funding is based on the number of students enrolled at the university in question. The funds may only be used to improve conditions for students and teaching staff.

At TUM funding may be used in two areas:

  1. Common areas of responsibility
    Common areas of responsibility are those that concern several or all faculties, one or more campuses, in particular effective priority teaching programmes and university-wide structural programmes to improve conditions of study.
  2. Faculty areas of responsibility
    Faculty areas of responsibility involve in particular the improvement of matters which relate specifically to degree courses on offer, such as the amount, quality and organisation of tuition (e.g. courses, course-related measures, internationalisation, infrastructure, e-learning), and in some special cases also new degree courses.

The legal basis for the use of tuition funding is laid down in the TUM statute on the use of state funding grants. For the text of the statute and further information on the subject, see:

Tuition Funding at the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Based on the tuition funding statute, the department has drawn up a tuition funding concept. Projects in the following areas are funded:

  • subject and method competence, e.g. through setting up or building up tutorials, practical experience sessions and consultation sessions,
  • social competence, e.g. through financing of job positions at the Center of Key Competences,
  • personality-related competence, e.g. through the support of student groups, and
  • general conditions, e.g. through financing a job position at the Student Advisory Service.

Depending on the number of students at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the department receives c. 1.4 million euros annually in the form of tuition funding. This funding is generally employed as follows:

  • Center of Key Competences (blue)
  • Funding of student groups (orange)
  • Consultation, service and administration (grey)
  • Teaching at Department of Mechanical Engineering (yellow)

You can view the amount of approvals and actual expenditures here:

Tuition Funding Commission

The Tuition Funding Commission is responsible for allocation of tuition funding at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. It meets once every semester. In December decisions are made on applications for the following summer semester and in June applications for the following winter semester are dealt with.

Membership of the commission is determined on the basis of parity; there are four student representatives with the power to vote and four members with voting rights who represent the teaching body and administration. The commission is led by the acting Department of Mechanical Engineering Dean of Studies.

The commission is currently made up as follows:



The Dean of Studies, both professors, one person from department management and the student representatives have voting rights.

Allocation Procedure

The allocation procedure is divided into five steps, beginning with budget planning in August/September each year. At this point in time all applications for the following summer semester, together with rough planning for winter semester of the following year, must have been submitted. Starting in October, all applications are processed and the commission meeting takes place in December. After the meeting, authorisation letters are sent out. Detailed applications for winter semester are processed up to July and a decision is made on them at the commission meeting in July. Authorisation letters for these applications are sent out at the end of July.