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Interim Financial Aid

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The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who currently find themselves in financial difficulties due to the Corona crisis, by providing subsidies amounting to 100 million euros. The money has been split up among the 57 Studentenwerke and Studierendenwerke according to size. They are responsible for distributing the subsidies among the students studying at the universities within their jurisdiction. Applications can be made separately for the months June, July, August as well as September 2020.

Here you can have a look at a video (in German) about how to fill in the application.

More information can be found in the FAQs listed below.


Application

Applications can be made separately for the months June, July, August as well as September 2020. You have to apply online on the following website: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

Please note: applying online for the Interim Financial Aid is possible from 16th June 2020. Due to technical issues, however, we will start attending to applications and arranging payments from 25th of June onwards. Please understand and try not to make enquiries with us. Thank you very much!

In order to keep the risk of catching the coronavirus as low as possible, the Munich Student Union and thus the Educational Assistance Office (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) will remain closed.

Any questions?

Should you have any questions concerning the procedure of the online application, please call the following hotline of the Federal Ministry or send an email:

Tel: 0800 / 26 23 003

Email: ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@bmbf.bund.de

Please read the FAQs on this page carefully before contacting the hotline or sending an email!

We would like to ask you not to make any personal enquiries with the Munich Student Union or the Educational Assistance Office so that we can fully concentrate on dealing with the applications.

Thank you very much!

Video (in German) about how to fill in your application

Latest Questions

My data from June is gone!

Don’t worry! If you did not receive any message then your application was not rejected. At the moment, there are some technical issues when an application for July has been made but the June application has not been dealt with yet. The IT company responsible is already dealing with the problem.

Can I ring you?

It does not make sense to ring in order to enquire about the status of your application. The applications are assigned to the staff randomly. For this reason, there is no particular “person responsible for your application”. If you are having technical problems, please describe the problem in detail so we can pass it on. In this case, please use the email address stated in the online application.

Why was my application rejected?

Your application for Interim Financial Aid was rejected? In this case, you can also assume that your application was checked thoroughly and according to the specifications made by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research that apply throughout Germany. There must be clear reasons why your application for June 2020 was rejected. Given the amount of applications, please understand that it is not possible to communicate the reasons in detail for every application that was rejected. Should your pandemic-related financial hardship continue to exist, please apply again for July 2020.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your documents are complete!

Dear students,

Please make absolutely sure that the documents you hand in are complete!

During the application you are informed that you have to hand in complete bank statements of all your accounts, beginning in February or March 2020 (depending on when you received your last income) and showing the account balance one day before the date of your application.

You should make sure that - BEFORE YOU SEND OFF YOUR APPLICATION:

  • your bank accounts are complete and in order
  • and go up until the day you apply - showing the balance on that day!
  • including all transactions
  • and your name must be on them

Otherwise we cannot check your application as required.

 

Interim financial aid for students

Which government support is meant when talking about Interim Financial Aid for students?

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is referring to two different types of support when talking about Interim Financial Aid for students:

  • temporarily no interest for the KfW-Studienkredit until the end of March 2021 as well as making the KfW-Studienkredit available for international students.
  • 100 million euros subsidy for students facing pandemic-related financial hardship; these FAQs concern the 100 million euros subsidy
Which students can benefit from the interim financial aid? How can I qualify?

This aid is meant to benefit those students who are demonstrably in a pandemic-related emergency, who need immediate help and who can claim no other support. This applies equally to German and international students.
Students enrolled at a public-funded or government-recognised higher education institution in Germany are entitled to submit an application. 
Students studying within an employment relationship or as part of service, for example at Universities of Applied Administrative Sciences (Verwaltungsfachhochschule) or Federal Army Universities (Bundewehrhochschule), students in courses alongside career or dual system courses, non-enrolled and occasional students (Gasthörer) as well as students at higher education institutions not recognised by the government are not entitled to apply. 
The bridging assistance complements the initiatives that the Federal Government has previously launched to assist students in the current exceptional situation brought about by the corona pandemic. BAföG or the KfW Student Loan can provide more long-term support.

During the month in which I apply for this bridging assistance, I must not reckon with any other pandemic-related support, for example via emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations, or through previously filed applications.

What do I receive, how much do I receive?

If you are evidently facing financial hardship brought about by the pandemic – for example because you have lost your part-time job and you have so far been unable to find any other part-time employment – you can obtain an allowance of between 100 and 500 euros a month from the government via the Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk that is responsible for your university. You can submit applications for the months June, July, August and September 2020; however, a new application is required for each month. The amount of the payment depends on the pandemic-related individual need and is calculated as follows:

Account balance less than €100.00   > Interim Financial Aid €500.00
Account balance €100.00 – €199.00 > Interim Financial Aid €400.00
Account balance €200.00 – €299.00 > Interim Financial Aid €300.00
Account balance €300.00 – €399.00 > Interim Financial Aid €200.00
Account balance €400.00 – €499.00 > Interim Financial Aid €100.00

The account balance on the day before the application is submitted counts. This means, for example, that if you submit your application on the 20th of June 2020, the account balance of the 19th of June 2020 is relevant.

Will I get nothing if I permanently have 500 or more than 500 euros in my account?

Yes, that is what the criteria stipulate. This interim financial aid is meant for acute emergencies.

How high may my other monthly income be for me to still qualify for support?

Any other monthly income is not relevant as long as

  • a demonstrable pandemic-related emergency prevails at the time of submitting the application and

  • you assure that you have not filed any further applications for allowances as comparable support during a pandemic-related emergency situation for the month that you are now applying for. Such applications could be other emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations, and

  • you are not expecting income through previously filed applications this month.

My identity card expired, but I cannot get an extensin due to the pandemic. What should I do?

You may still file an application, as long as the expiry date of your identity card was after December 31, 2019.

May I blacken out specific information on my identity card or passport?

Yes, you must only provide comprehensive documents regarding the pandemic-related emergency. Information in your identity card that do not directly serve the proof of identity and adresse, such as place of birth or religious affiliation, may be blackened.

 

My parents usually support me with cash; how should I declare this with my bank accounts?

Please upload a personal declaration to explain this.

How and where do I apply for this interim financial aid?

You apply online via the portal www.ueberbrueckungshilfe- studierende.de. Your application is forwarded directly to the student service organisation responsible for your support and will be processed there.

It is important that you state at which higher education institution you are studying. In the case of institutions with branches or locations in further cities, the system will assign a student service organisation according to the head office location of the institution. Please complete the online application mask. The student service organisation responsible for you will assess your application and notify you whether and when you will be receiving interim financial aid.

 

In a nutshell:

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing interim financial aid totalling 100 million euros to help those students who are evidently in an acute, pandemic-related emergency and require immediate support. You can apply for interim financial aid if you are a German or international student enrolled at a public-funded and government-recognised higher education institution in Germany. 

Students can be granted Interim Financial Aid despite loans, scholarships or similar. 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 interim financial aid and should please not apply for one.

Applications can only be submitted one at a time for the months June, July, August and September 2020. A further application for the following month should only be submitted if the pandemic-related financial emergency situation continues to exist.

The Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk at which you apply online, 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 will not be dealt with. 

You are not legally entitled to receive interim financial aid

Please apply at the Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk which is responsible for your universtiy. Students studying at a university located in more than one city have to apply with the Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk at the university’s main location. For universities for which no Studierendenwerk or Studentenwerk is responsible, the German National Association for Student Affairs (DSW) will assign a Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk responsible.

If you cannot find your higher education institution in the following list, please send an email to ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@studentenwerke.de.

From when on can I submit my application?

You can submit your application from Monday, the 15th June 2020 on – but note:

For technical reasons, the student service organisations will only be able to process the applications from the 29th June 2020 on, and the allowances will only be paid after this date.

Please refrain from enquiries at your student service organisation in the period between the June 15-June 29, 2020. Thank you!

 

 

Sie können Ihren Antrag ab Montag, 15. Juni 2020 stellen – aber Achtung:

Die Studenten- und Studierendenwerke können sämtliche Anträge aus
technischen Gründen frühestens ab dem 25. Juni 2020 bearbeiten, erst danach werden die Zuschüsse ausbezahlt.

Bitte sehen Sie in der Zeit vom 15.6. bis 25.6.2020 von Nachfragen bei Ihrem
Studenten- oder Studierendenwerk ab. Vielen Dank.

Sie können Ihren Antrag ab Montag, 15. Juni 2020 stellen – aber Achtung:

Die Studenten- und Studierendenwerke können sämtliche Anträge aus
technischen Gründen frühestens ab dem 25. Juni 2020 bearbeiten, erst danach werden die Zuschüsse ausbezahlt.

Bitte sehen Sie in der Zeit vom 15.6. bis 25.6.2020 von Nachfragen bei Ihrem
Studenten- oder Studierendenwerk ab. Vielen Dank.

By when must I submit my application?

You must submit your application within the month for which you need interim financial aid.

What should I do if I cannot find my higher education institution in the portal?

Please write an Email to Deutsches Studentenwerk, and send it to  ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@studentenwerke.de - you will then receive a reply from there.

What kind of proof do I have to provide? Which documents must I submit online

For an application, you need:

  • your institution’s certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020

  • your identity card or equivalent proof of identity, such as a passport with a registration certificate

  • details of a bank account in Germany

  • a declaration that you have not applied for any further pandemic-related support for the month that you are herewith applying for (such as from emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations) or are not expecting further support through applications that you have already submitted

  • an explanation of why you are in a pandemic-related emergency situation, if possible proven by corresponding documents: termination of you employment relationship by your former employer, a self-declaration regarding the loss of your previous gainful employment, or a self-declaration that owing to the pandemic, family support has been terminated

  • account statements of all your accounts since February or March 2020, depending on when you last received income; you may not blacken anything on your account statements, otherwise the application is considered to be incomplete

  • a self-declaration that you can be expected to successfully complete your studies

How do I ensure that I am really submitting the application for myself?

In the course of the online application, you will have to upload a photo of yourself several times, including once with your identity card or passport (together with the registration certificate), and there is a further authentication step with an automatically generated number code that will be sent to your Email address. This is meant to prevent abuse and cheating.

 

I forgot to upload something when I made my application. Can I still send this in?

No. Later uploads are not possible.

In the application process, please make sure that you have completely uploaded all the right documents before sending the application. Your documents are shown immediately after the upload, and you can is they are not the correct ones or not readably, delete and change them. You can also go back and verify if all documents are correct and complete before sending the application. If you do not have the documents ready at hand, please interrupt the work on your application and log in again later to upload the right documents. You should only send the application when it is completely finished!

The online application tool will automatically show you if and when your application is complete when uploading documents.

When do I learn whether and how much interim financial aid I will receive?

You can always log in to the portal www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de and check the status of your application at the responsible student service organisation (Studenten- oder Studierendenwerk – STW in short). To do so, click "LOGIN" on the start page and enter the e-mail address that you have used in your application. We send you a six-digit “token” or code via e-mail; you can use this code to access the information of your application.

When your STW has finished processing your application, you receive a message to the e-mail address with which you are register on the portal.

If you log in to the application portal again, you find out if and in what amount you receive the interim financial aid. To do so, please click “LOGIN” again and use the six-digit token/code that we send you per e-mail.

Important: you receive the e-mail message directly from the application portal www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de, not from the STW that has processed your application.

Please refrain from phone calls or inquiries at your student service organisation.

How quickly you receive a message from the system depends on how many applications the student service organisations receive. Staff will do their best to process the applications swiftly. Many student service organisations have set up their own teams specifically for this purpose.

If your application is approved, you can reckon with the money being transferred in a week’s time.

Can I submit an application more than once?

Yes. This interim financial aid is granted on a monthly basis. If your emergency situation lasts longer than a month, you can submit a new application in the following month, i.e. for the months June, July, August and September 2020.

 

Do I have to provide everything again for each subsequent application?

No. All you have to provide with a subsequent application is:

  • a declaration that you have not applied for any further pandemic-related support for the month that you are herewith applying for (such as from emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations) or are not expecting further support through applications that you have already submitted

  • the latest account statement

Can I also claim support after an emergency?

What counts is whether you were in a pandemic-related emergency at the point of submitting the application. You must supply proof of this difficult situation with account statements and further information.

I am a foreign (international) student. Can it have negative consequences on my legal situation in Germany if I apply for interim financial aid?

No. The utilisation of interim financial aid has no influence on questions of the right of residence. A positive assessment of an application for interim financial aid is based on a sudden emergency through no fault of one’s own. This must be considered as a hardship (Härtefall) which allows for an emergency financial aid that is limited in time (Nothilfe). Thus, we have here an exception from the standard requirement to prove guaranteed subsistence according to § 5 art. 1 no. 1 of the residence act (Aufenthaltsgesetz).

Do I have to pay the money back?

No. The interim financial aid is a non-repayable allowance from the Federal Government.

What happens if my statements are incorrect or incomplete?

Unfortunately, then you cannot receive interim financial aid.

 

Can I also apply for interim financial aid if I have taken out a loan or am receiving a grant?

Yes, provided that despite this you are demonstrably in a pandemic-related emergency situation.

 

Can I also apply for this bridging assistance in addition to other emergency aid, immediate aid or other support aid?

Students submitting an application have to declare that they do not expect further infome for the month for which they apply for bridging assistance, and have not applied for or intend to apply for further pandemic-related support (such as from emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations).

 

I am receiving some BAföG – does that mean that I do not qualify for the interim financial aid?

No, it does not. BAföG notifications are not tested. What counts is that you are nevertheless in a pandemic-related emergency, and that the account statements demonstrate that previous income of the same amount from jobs and/or family support has ceased owing to the pandemic.

This BMBF interim financial aid is an allowance. Will this allowance be deducted from my BAföG support? Does this mean that I will be receiving less BAföG?

No, the BMBF states that it is not income in the sense of the BAföG, cf. BMBF online source:

“In some Federal States or student service organisations, emergency aid is available for trainees and students who have lost their (part-time) job owing to the pandemic. Recipients of payments in accordance with the BAföG can also apply for such aid and will receive it, provided that they qualify. Such loans are referred to in § 21 Para. 4 No. 4 BAföG and are hence not to be treated as income in the sense of the BAföG. […] This regulation is to be applied correspondingly for emergency aid in the form of allowances.”

are hence not to be treated as income in the sense of the BAföG. […] This regulation is to be applied correspondingly for emergency aid in the form of allowances.”

 https://www.bafög.de/keine-nachteile-beim-bafoeg-wegen-corona-756.php

 

 

Can I submit an application if I have already exceeded the standard period of study?

Yes.

I am doing a correspondence or distance course. Am I entitled to apply?

Yes, as long as it is not a course alongside a career (berufsbegleitendes Studium).

I am doing a second degree course. Am I entitled to apply?

Yes.

If I can find a job again after all when I have received this interim financial aid, must I pay the money back?

This interim financial aid is granted as a non-repayable allowance; it is meant to bridge the time up to when you have found new employment and are no longer in an emergency situation.

Is there an age limit?

No.

What about data protection? What happens to my data?

Data protection is ensured in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union.

Am I legally entitled to this interim financial aid?

No, the interim financial aid is an allowance that you do not have to pay back if you meet the eligibility criteria. Since the measure is a mass procedure, fulfilment of the criteria is automatically assessed by the system. Manual checks are only performed by the staff in the student service organisations with regard to the consistency of uploads and self-declarations.