Raise of the Tuition Fees

Current Situation

At its meeting on March 07./08. 2018, the ETH Board again discussed the increase in tuition fees. The decision was postponed to May. The reasons can be found in the media release of the ETH Board.

The VSETH responded with its own press release (german only). In it, we criticize the ETH Board for its decision. The arguments for the increase were obviously not sufficient to offset its negative effects. Nevertheless, the ETH Board remains committed to its project.

The next ETH Board meeting will take place on May 16./17.


At its meeting on September 27./28. 2017, the ETH-Board expressed its support for an increase in tuition fees at both ETH by 500 CHF per year. Here you find the official statement of the ETH Board.

The VSETH responded to this, by questioning the proposed step: official statement of the VSETH (German only)

The AGEPoly (Student Association of the EPFL) also released a statement: official statement of the AGEPoly (French only)

Protest Day

On the 1st of March 2018 our protest day against the planned increase in tuition fees took place:

We distributed blue bandanas, a sign of protest and solidarity. Together, we walked to the ETH Board building to convey the opinion of the students.


The info sheet for the protest day: info sheet


Our media release for the protest day (german): media release

Photo Event

As part of our protest day on 01.03.2018, we collected photos of students who are opposed to the planned increase in tuition fees. With the photos we built a big "500" on the Polyterrasse on the protest day. After that, we handed them over to the ETH Board.


To gather all students opinions, we launched a survey about the tuition fees. We have received 3828 valid answers, wich represents approximately 25% of all the students at ETH Zürich. 

The results and the report of the data analysis can be found here:  VSETH-Auswertung

The survey clearly showed, that the vast majority of students opposes the proposed raise of the tuition fees.

Panel Discussion

On the evening of November 15th we hosted a public panel discussion in the CABinett (CAB F 21, Universitätstrasse 6, ETH Centre).

Guest were:

Gian-Andri Casutt
Head of Communication ETH-Board

Lea Meister
Former president of the European Students' Union

Luzian Franzini
Co-President Junge Grüne Schweiz

Matthias P. Müller
Vice President Jungfreisinnige Schweiz

We thank the participants and everybody who attended the discussion.

Video in German: