Subsidy for the semester ticket

 

On this page you will get all information about the semester ticket subsidy. This means:

  • What does subsidy mean?
  • Who is the subsidy intended for?
  • Under what conditions can you receive a subsidy for the semester ticket amount?
  • When can you apply?
  • How does the application process work?

What does subsidy mean?

In the case of the subsidy, you will receive a maximum of the full semester ticket fee back. You can find out exactly how much this is on the information page about the semester ticket: Information on the semester ticket

The subsidy is a financial support that is intended to help students who have financial difficulties paying for the semester ticket. Therefore, the semester ticket is not invalidated in this case.

Who is the subsidy intended for?

The subsidy is intended for students who are in financial difficulties.

You should be aware that we only subsidize the semester ticket and therefore "only" pay a maximum of the full contribution for the semester ticket. Another contact point in the AStA for financial help is the student aid fund of Soziales. You can find more information here: Student Aid Fund.

Prerequisites

The basis for this is the Hardship Regulations (in German). § 2a specifies the conditions under which you can receive a grant. We will describe this briefly here:

You can receive the allowance if your monthly income (average of the last 3 months) minus rent (max. 350,00 €) and health insurance is below the assessment basis (currently 322,00 € per month).

You can find a detailed explanation in the Calculation section.

Apply for subsidy

Step 1: Online application

The application for a subsidy for the semester ticket is always processed via an online form. You can apply for a subsidy at any time during the semester. The official semester periods apply:

  • Summer semester: April 01 until September 30
  • Winter semester: October 01 until March 31

Only one application may be submitted per semester for the current semester. Note that there must be at least three months between two applications (in two different semesters).

You find the forms for semester ticket refund here

Step 2: Submit application to us

After filling out the online form, an application is created in PDF format. This application must be printed and sent to the Department of Transport with the required documents.

Copies of the following must be attached to the application:

  • Copy of semester ticket
  • Rental contract (only if rent is also paid and is to be included)
  • Bank statements from 3 months prior to application (the date of application is the date on which the application is received by AStA)
  • Proof of health and nursing care insurance (only if the contribution to health and nursing care insurance is also paid and is to be included)
  • Certificate of study

You can also submit originals. If these are to be returned, you must enclose a sufficiently stamped envelope.

Der Antrag muss per Post oder per Fax innerhalb des Semesters, für das ihr den Zuschussantrag stellt, bei uns im AStA eingegangen sein. Es zählt der Tag, an dem Antrag bei uns per Post oder Fax eingegangen ist.

The application must be sent by physical mail or fax to the AStA within the semester for which you are applying. The day on which we receive the application by mail or fax counts.

by physical mail
AStA Universität Mainz
Arbeitsbereich für Verkehr
Staudingerweg 21
55128 Mainz
by fax
Fax number of the AStA secretary's office (see here)
 
The further communication takes place via e-mail.

Calculation

We look at the last 3 months before the application was submitted. The date we receive the application is the date of application - not the date you created the application online.

With the bank statements of the last 3 months we do the following:

We add up all your earnings. We divide this sum by 3 and get your average income of the last 3 months.

The only exception to this is income for which there is a "corresponding" expense in the 3 months. These are for example:

  • refunds of returned purchases, or
  • returns of money lent or advanced.

The important thing here is that we can track the corresponding expense in each case.

We sum up

  • max. 3 rent payments, each max. € 350.00€
  • max. 3 contributions for health and nursing care insurance
  • the semester contribution minus the semester ticket contribution, converted to 3 months, if the semester contribution was paid in the calculation period.

We divide this sum by 3 to get the average expenses for rent, health/nursing care insurance and, if applicable, the semester contribution without the semester ticket contribution.

It is important that the corresponding expenses are in the 3 months.

If by chance, for example, 4 rent payments lie in the calculation period, only 3 of them will be taken into account.

We subtract the values determined in this way from each other: Ø income – Ø expenses. If this value is below the assessment limit of € 322.00, you will receive the subsidy.

If you have children

The assessment basis is increased by €161.00 per child.

For marriages and civil partnerships

Married couples and civil partners are assessed jointly. This means that we also require the account statements from them.

The assessment limit is doubled in this case.

Example calculations

Example calculation 1

Einkünfte Ausgaben
+ 420,00 € Salary - 330,00 € Rent January
+ 420,00 € Salary - 330,00 € Rent February
+ 420,00 € Salary - 420,00 € Rent March (e.g. after rent increase)
(Here, only € 350,00 can be taken into account because this is the maximal value for rent to be taken into account)
+ 300,00 € BAföG - 111,00 € Health insurance payment
+ 300,00 € BAföG - 111,00 € Health insurance payment
+ 300,00 € BAföG - 111,00 € Health insurance payment
+ 30,00 € Birthday present from Linda - 18,45 € Part of semester contribution
+ 30,00 € Birthday present from Yasmine - 18,45 € Part of semester contribution
+ 30,00 € Cash deposit - 18,45 € Part of semester contribution
Σ = 2250,00 € Σ = - 1398,35 €
Ø for 3 months = 750,00 € Ø for 3 months = - 466,12 €
750,00 € - 466,12 € = 283,88 €
283,88 € < 322,00 €
Subsidy can be granted

Example calculation 2

Einkünfte Ausgaben
+ 700,00 € Salary - 400,00 € Rent January
(Here, only € 350,00 can be taken into account because this is the maximal value for rent to be taken into account)
+ 700,00 € Salary - 400,00 € Rent February
(Here, only € 350,00 can be taken into account because this is the maximal value for rent to be taken into account)
+ 700,00 € Salary - 400,00 € Rent March
(Here, only € 350,00 can be taken into account because this is the maximal value for rent to be taken into account)
+ 200,00 € Gambling winnings - 18,45€ Part of semester contribution
+ 10,00 € Interest - 18,45€ Part of semester contribution
+ 900,00 € Security deposit refund* - 18,45€ Part of semester contribution
Σ = 3210,00 € Σ = - 1105,35 €
Ø for 3 months = 1070,00 € Ø for 3 months = - 368,45 €
1070,00 € - 368,45 € = 701,55 €
701,55 € > 322,00 €
Subsidy will not be granted

* Additional information: Income that is not designated to pay for cost of living may be disregarded on certain conditions. This would, for instance, be the case if it can be proven that a refunded security deposit from a terminated lease is spent on the security deposit for a future lease. This is not the case in the above example.

Likewise, deposits may be disregarded if they correspond with respective expenses such as the refund for a previously paid item (cancelled orders) or reimbursements for payments on another person’s behalf (order for a friend). This must be either evident or made believable through adequate documents or receipts.

FAQ about the subsidy for the semester ticket

We have collected the most frequently asked questions about the semester ticket subsidy and the answers to them here: FAQ about the subsidy for the semester ticket