Due to the current situation, personal consultation hours are presently not possible. Our phone office hours are also suspended until further notice. However, the Department can be reached by phone every Monday to Thursday between 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. In addition, you can contact your personal adviser at any time by e-mail.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. They are paid out via the student service organisations – the Studierenden- or Studentenwerk (STW).
Online application here: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de
Note: You can apply for bridging aid online as of 16 th of June 2020 on, from 12 a.m. onwards. However, for technical reasons, we will only be able to process and assess the applications and initiate payments after the 25 th of June 2020. Please help us to quickly process all applications by refraining from inquiries at the student service organisations. Thank you!
Here you can find the most important questions about bridging assistance for students.
BMBF Bridging Aid Hotline:
Tel.: 0800 26 23 003
Average student living costs vary greatly depending on where you go to university, the course you study and your personal needs. Each month, you’ll have to pay for rent and utilities, books and equipment, clothes, insurance, food and other personal necessities.
Please note: An increase in BAföG requirement rates was decided in 2019. The next stage of the increase will take effect from the winter semester 2020/2021. You can find out whether you also benefit from this in a discussion with your adviser!
If you do not have the financial means to afford your studies either on your own or with the help of your parents, you may apply for financial support in accordance with the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (“Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz”, better known as BAföG). Students are legally entitled to apply for BAföG funding under the terms of the Act if they cannot afford their studies in any other way. BAföG is the most affordable way to fund your time at university as within a standard period of study (“Regelstudienzeit”), half of the money you are awarded is provided as an interest-free loan and the other half as a grant, i.e. you don’t have to pay it back!
Even if you are not sure whether you are entitled to funding, it’s definitely worth applying or to visit us beforehand for personal consultation!
There are a number of different ways of getting a regular income as a student, such as a part-time job, a scholarship, or a loan. A Studentenwerk social loan can help students to get through a difficult financial situation that was caused through no fault of one’s own.
In exceptional circumstances, students can apply for social benefits, such as housing benefit and unemployment benefit type II (Hartz IV).
Special student discounts can also help to lower your living costs. Exemption from or reimbursement of your semester fees, the payment of your own child benefit and the exemption from the German Broadcast Contribution are just a few of the options available.
Please contact us if you require any advice.