Corona aids

Due to the corona pandemic, many students are in financial distress. Some of them have lost the necessary part-time job, which hurts especially international students financially. The state and federal governments have already provided assistance for students who are in financial need due to the pandemic.



From 20 November 2020, the federal government will resume the bridging assistance. Applications can be submitted from November 20, 12:30 pm.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will again provide grants to students who are in acute need due to the corona pandemic from November 2020 until the end of March 2021. These grants will be awarded through the Student and Student Services.

Please note: From November 20, 2020, the bridging aid can only be applied for online via the following link:

Due to the high number of applications and the corresponding processing time, we ask you to refrain from inquiries about the status. We are working at full speed to process all applications as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

Any Questions?

The BMBF telephone hotline will be closed from 23 December 2020 until and including 03 January 2021!
From 04 January 2021, the usual service hours of the hotline apply:

BMBF-Hotline: Telephone: +49 800 2623003
Servicetime: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Friday 8:00 until 12:00 am.

There are various ways to finance your studies during the Corona period and where you can get help:

  • With the BAföG reform, there have been significant changes in BAföG since the winter semester 2020/2021, such as increases in the allowances and the maximum rate. If you have not previously received BAföG, you could now receive some.
  • The already existing KfW-Studienkredit receives changes in the current corona situation. Among other things, it will be made interest-free in the payout phase for the period from May 2020 to end of the year 2021. You will find all important information in our list of student loans.
  • The educational loan from the KfW Bank has had a lower interest rate since 01.10.20: from 0.72% to 0.52%. You can find all information directly at the KfW-Bank. This loan can be combined with the KfW-Studienkredit and BAföG.
  • Are you looking for a side job? There are various job portals for students that can be helpful in the alternative job search, for example the official job portal of the University of Stuttgart.
  • Would you like to get advice on financing your studies? Our social counseling service will be happy to help you. For example, there is the possibility of using our donation-based emergency fund in the form of vouchers.