Bridging aid for students in financial emergency situations
The corona crisis is confronting many students with financial difficulties. About two thirds of the students have to work besides their studies. Many of them have lost their jobs due to the corona pandemic and now have to master financial difficulties.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, short: BMBF) provides the student administrations with 100m Euro for interim aids for students in the pandemic crisis. The Kölner Studierendenwerk is in charge of local processing of the online applications and the payout of the interim aids.
You most probably have the chance to receive interim aid, if …
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.
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Yes. The most important prerequiste for your application is that you are enrolled at a state-approved university or technical college – it doesn't matter where you are from.
You can submit your application from Monday, June 16th – BUT: The Kölner Studierendenwerk will only be able to process the applications from June 29th due to technical issues. After that the grants will be paid out. Please abstain from making requests about the stage of your application from 16th to 29th June, thank you!
If you study in Cologne, you'll apply for interim aid via the application stage on this website. (Link above)
If your study in another city, you'll be transmitted to the student services responsible for your application by the online portal www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de. It is important to indicate at which university or technical college you are enrolled. If you can't find the institution which you are enrolled at, please send an E-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerning universities or technical colleges, which have branches or locations in other cities, the system will assign your application to the student services of the headquarter. Then you'll fill in the online application. The student services, that are responsible for you, will then consider your application and communicate if, when and how much interim aid you'll receive.
For your interim aid application you'll need:
• the enrollment certificate of your university/technical college of the summer semester 2020 (§9 BAföG)
• your ID card or an equivalent proof of identity, e. g. passport or registration card
• a german bank account
• a self-declaration stating that you didn't apply for another support to overcome the pandemic crisis (e. g. emergency funds, foundations, support association) during the month you are applying for interim aid or rather you are not awaiting support from already submittet applications
• a self-declaration on why you are located in a distress caused by the pandemic crisis, possibly proved by relevant documents: termination of your employment contract by your former employer, self-declaration on the loss of your previous employment or a self-declaration on how alimonies ceased because of the pandemic crisis
• the account statements of all of your bank accounts since February or March 2020, depending on the last receipt of your income
• your self-declaration stating that the successfull completion of your sudies is/can be expected
This interim aid is supposed to help students who are demonstrably located in a distress caused by the pandemic crisis, who need immediate help an who are not able to make use of any other support. This applies equally for german and foreign students.
An application can be submitted by students who are enrolled at a state-approved university or technical college and are not being on leave.
Not entitled to submit an application are students who study at a Technical College for Administration or a Bundeswehr University, complete a part-time study, study alongside their job or are guest students/auditors at non-state-approved universities or technical colleges.
You can submit the application up until the last day of a month. The aplication will then be considered for the proposed month, so an application at July 31th 2020 is made for July 2020.
It depents on how many applications the student services receive. The consultants are making an effort to work over the aplications and communicate the date and amount of your interim aid as fast as possible. If you should receive a commitment, the money is expected to be transfered to your bank account within a week.
No. If you re-apply for the following months of July and August, you only need to repeatly submit:
• a self-declaration statingt that you didn't apply for another support to overcome the pandemic crisis (e. g. emergency funds, foundations, support association) during the month you are applying for interim aid or rather you are not awaiting support from already submittet applications
• your current account statement
We're sorry, then you can't receive interim aid.
Basically yes, if you are still located in a distress caused by the pandemic crisis despite this financial supoort.
You can receive the interim aid if you have 500 Euro or less on all your bank accounts.
You'll upload your account statements during the online application.
Nothing. We are only interested in your account balance since Feb/Mar 2020.
Yes, we need full statements to be able to process your application. However, the application is held simple and short.
At least 100 Euro, at most 500 Euro.
Calculation of the amount of the grant-in-aid
...less than 100 Euro = 500 Euro
...between 100 Euro and 199,99 Euro = 400 Euro
...between 200 Euro and 299,99 Euro = 300 Euro
...between 300 Euro and 399,99 Euro = 200 Euro
...between 400 Euro and 499,99 Euro = 100 Euro
At least one month, at most three months. For every month, a new application needs to be filed.
Not at all.
No. A legal right or claim on the interim aid doesn't exist.
Yes, you can also apply for less money, than you would normally be able to receive.
The data protection is ensured by the standards of the european data protection basic regulation (Datenschutzgrundverordnung, short DSGVO).
No, that’s not possible. There is no other way as submitting the application online via the application stage.
Yes, whilst uploading your bank statements you can also submit a PDF explaining your account movements. The clearer verbalised, the faster your application can be processed!
No, in case of insecurities we’ll turn to you.
Regarding technical ressources you’ll need
The application can only be submitted online. Please use the latest version of the browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera.
Yes. If you’d like to interrupt the online application for the bridging aid, you’ll simply need the mail adress you used at the beginning to log into the system again later. You’ll then receive another token via mail to complete the application. A login to the online portal is also possible and useful after the succesfull application: There you’ll find information about the status of your application and also the outcome oft he validation.
You can upload up to ten bank statements. In case you’ve got more documents, please summarize several files into one document. Therefor you can use free online software.
Yes, this bridging aid is granted monthly. If your fincancial distress lasts longer than a month, you can submit a reapplication in the following month, thus for the months June, July and August 2020.
During the online application you'll have to upload selfies several times. Once showing yourself with your ID or passport and once there's another validation step where an automatically generated numeric code is mailed to you. Thus abuse and fraud are prevented.
Determining is if you are located in a financial distress due to the pandemic crisis at the time of the application which you can verify by your account balance and further information.
Yes, as long as the distance learning is not extra occupational.
This bridging aid is not a refundable grant. It serves as bridging until you've found a new job and your financial distress doesn't exist anymore.
Both serves the safe identification and protects you and other students against abuse. Via your e-mail adress you’ll receive a six-digit token/code which is valid for 2 hours and needs to be newly requested for every login. Always use the e-mail adress with which you submitted the application.
A six-digit numeric code will be sent to your mobile phone to verify that all documents have been uploaded entire and to complete your online application.
You’ll receive an e-mail token whenever you’d like to edit your application after an interruption or to consult the processing stage of your application. The six-digit SMS code will only be sent to you once to complete your application.
You can still pass in your application. The expiry date of your ID document only has to be after December 31, 2019.
Yes. The papers, that prove your financial emergency situations caused by the pandemic, have to be complete. However, certain information on your ID-card that don’t directly indicate your identity don’t have to be visible. For example you can blacken information on your place of birth or your religion.
In order to prove that you are in a financial emergency because of the pandemic, you must provide the statements of all your accounts without gaps. You must also specify online accounts, for example your Paypal or Comdirect account.
Exceptions are account statements for savings contracts (e.g. building society contracts) or other accounts to which short-term access is not possible (e.g. rent deposit accounts, other blocked accounts or escrow accounts). These do not have to be submitted.
You just need to upload a self-declaration on this matter.
No. The use of the bridging aid has no influence on the right of residence. The positive examination of an application for bridging aid is based on a sudden and unintelligible emergency for the applicant, so that his/her situation is to be seen as a hardship case for the granting of a temporary one-time emergency aid. Accordingly, there is an exception to the standard requirement for a secure livelihood in accordance with Section § 5 (1) No. 1 of the Residence Act.