UW/H students returning from the summer break in autumn 1994 were informed that the university executive board and the NRW government had agreed to introduce tuition fees by the end of the year to put the university’s finances in order. Students were faced with a dilemma: they appreciated the liberal study conditions at Witten/Herdecke University which would be endangered by conventional tuition schemes; on the other hand, their financial contributions appeared inevitable to secure these conditions on a sustainable basis.