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Bridging assistance for students continues
Corona Bridging Assistance

Bridging assistance for students in pandemic-related emergency situations continues

The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is providing bridging assistance totalling 100 million euros to help those students who are demonstrably in an acute, pandemic-related (economic or financial) emergency and require immediate support. You can apply for bridging assistance if you are a German or international student enrolled at a public-funded and government-recognised higher education institution in Germany. The Kölner Studierendenwerk is responsible for the local exam of the applications. Individual questions on your application (exept status requests) can be asked via mail to ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@kstw.de

Attention: The corona bridging assistance can be applied for from 20. November 2020 exclusively online via the application stage.

Your chances to receive interim aid
It will only take you 10 seconds to find out if you can get interim aid
Your chances to receive interim aid

Your chances to receive interim aid
It will only take you 10 seconds to find out if you can get interim aid
Your chances to receive interim aid

You most probably have the chance to receive interim aid, if …

  • You are enrolled at a state-approved university or technical college
  • You study full-time and are not being on leave
  • You are NOT studying at a Technical College for Administration or a Bundeswehr University
  • You are NOT completing a part-time study, studying alongside your job or are a guest student/auditor
  • You are demonstrably in a financial distress due to the corona crisis
  • There are less than 500,- Euro on your bank account at the time of the application for interim aid
✔ You were able to check all of the points?

Great, that’s the basics. Now of course you want to know how much money you can get. You can file your application directly online. You’ll get a feedback very soon on all the information on your new application.

✘ You had to negate one or more points?

Contact us and get advise by our social consultants on how we can help you with other financial tools. Remember: The exception proves the rule. We’d love to help you.

 

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Frequently asked questions
FAQ for students

In a nutshell

  • The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing bridging assistance totalling 100 million euros to help those students who are demonstrably in an acute, pandemic-related (economic or financial) emergency and require immediate support. You can apply for bridging assistance if you are a German or international student enrolled at a public-funded and government-recognised higher education institution in Germany.
  • Those already receiving loans, grants or other support during the reference month may nevertheless obtain bridging assistance. Depending on proven need, you could receive between 100 euros and 500 euros as a non-repayable allowance.
  • Those with more than 500 euros in their bank account at the time of submitting an application will not receive this bridging assistance and should please not apply for one.
  • Applications can only be submitted one at a time for the months of June, July and August 2020. A further application for July and/or August may only be submitted if the pandemic-related financial emergency situation continues.
  • Please submit your application online to the local student service organisation (Studierendenwerk or Studentenwerk – STW). The STW will decide on the basis of the details you have provided in your application whether aid will be granted within the limits of the budgetary funds available. The order of processing of applications is generally guided by the time of receipt of the complete documents by the respective student service organisation. Incomplete applications are not processed.
  • You are not legally entitled to the award of bridging assistance.
  • Applications must be submitted online. Please use the most reent version of Internet-Browsers Chrome, Firefox or Operae, or the current standard browsers of mobile devices. If you use Edge as a browser, please update to Edge Chrome version 83.x. or higher. The system does not support versions of Internet Explorer.
  • Applications are submitted to the student service organisation (STW) operating for the higher education institution that you are studying at. In the case of an institution with several locations, the student service organisation where the head office of your higher education institution is located will be responsible for processing your application. In the case of higher education institutions without relevant student service organisations, the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk – DSW) will determine which student service organisation is responsible. If you cannot find your higher education institution in the following list, please send an Email to ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@studentenwerke.de

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Didn't answer your question?

General questions: Call the BMBF-Hotline via

  • Tel. 0800 26 23 003 | Service times Tue to Thu from 8 am–4 pm, Fri from 8–12 am

Questions on your application (except status requests!):

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