«It was not the end of the HfG that was heroic, but the hopes at the beginning. The HfG should not be measured by what it achieved, but by what it was no longer able to achieve.»
(Gui Bonsiepe, «ulm 21», 1968)
On the one hand internal conflicts always furthered the «HfG experiment» and led to new impetus for the institution; however they also involved serious criticism. Consequently, the regional parliament of Baden-Württemberg repeatedly debated whether the school deserved further subsidies. The Geschwister-Scholl-Stiftung was also severely in debt; as a result lecturers were made redundant and the number of classes was reduced. The regional parliament voted in November 1968 to withdraw all funding; consequently the school was shut down amid protests at the end of the year.