Compensation for disadvantages
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An application for compensation of disadvantages can be made if there are special personal reasons, for which you are not responsible, which have had an adverse effect on your average grade or your waiting time (see Studienplatzvergabeordnung Hessen: Auswahlverfahren).
Before submitting such an application, please check self-critically whether it has a chance of success. Not every impairment that an applicant perceives as a "disadvantage" also justifies an improvement in the average grade or the waiting time.
An application for disadvantage compensation must be submitted during the online application process in eCampus. If the application is approved, the applicant will participate in the normal selection process for admission-restricted degree programs or subjects like all other applicants - but with an improved average grade/score.
The normal procedure is explained here: Admission restriction - Who gets a study place?
Please note: The decisive factor is the performance in the school years of the upper school that led to the acquisition of the university entrance qualification and not only the final examination alone.
Privileged treatment compared to competing applicants can only be justified if the reasons and the extent to which an improvement in the average grade and the waiting period is to take place are credibly asserted.
You must therefore prove a particularly serious personal exceptional situation and its effects on the acquisition of the university entrance qualification. This exceptional situation can only refer to past or present circumstances.
During the application process for disadvantage compensation, you will need the following documents:
- Letter of justification(please upload the document during your online application in eCampus).
- Appropriate supporting documents, such as expert reports.(please upload the documents during your online application in eCampus).
All circumstances outlined in the application must be supported by appropriate evidence, otherwise they cannot be considered in the decision.
The attached supporting documents must be presented clearly enough to allow an outside person to understand your arguments based on the documents.
Things to know
Unfortunately, a preliminary assessment of reasons for disadvantage compensation cannot be made. A binding assessment is only possible if a comprehensively proven application for disadvantage compensation has been submitted together with the application for admission.