Sketched on a paper napkin, the core concept of an inverse contract between student generations was born at the kitchen table of a shared flat in Witten at midnight. The idea was an option to start tuition payments after graduation, i.e. as soon as a graduate has a job and an income. Contributions geared to a student’s individual circumstances and not to social background might help the university to remain true to its principles: an institution of tertiary education where individual performance, integrity and responsibility for the common good are the main criteria. The idea of the inverse contract between student generations is simple: study today and pay tomorrow. In this way, graduates pay for currently enrolled students.