Corona aids

Due to the corona pandemic, many students are in financial distress. Some of them have lost the necessary part-time job, which hits international students particularly hard financially. The state government and the federal government provide assistance for students who are in financial need due to the pandemic. On this page you will find an overview and the most important information about this.

Since June, students can now apply for the long-awaited bridging aid - a non-repayable grant from the federal government.

IMPORTANT: When you apply for the bridging aid, please make sure that you provide correct and complete information and submit all necessary documents together. Online accounts, for example with PayPal, must also be verified. To ensure that your application is not rejected, it is essential that you also fill in the "Self-declaration" field, briefly but clearly explaining why you are in a pandemic emergency: For example, because you no longer have any income due to the pandemic, or you have lost your job dur tot he pandemic.

To ensure that all incoming applications for bridging aid can be processed as quickly as possible, our team from the BAföG-Amt is supported by other colleagues from other departments. If you have any questions regarding your already submitted application, please contact us by e-mail only, this is the best way for us to help you:

 Further information is available here:


That's the idea behind it:
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).

Who is eligible to apply?
German and international students who are enrolled at a state or state-recognised university and are not on leave of absence. The bridging aid is intended to help those students who are demonstrably in a pandemic emergency situation, who need immediate help and who cannot take advantage of any other support. Not eligible to apply are students at universities of applied administrative sciences or universities of the armed forces, students in part-time studies or dual studies, guest students and students at universities not recognised by the state.

Amount and duration of the payment:
The bridging aid can be granted to eligible students for the calendar months June, July, August and September 2020 on a monthly basis upon application. The amount of the grant is at least € 100.00 and at most € 500.00. The amount of the grant depends on the account balance at the time of application:

less than 100,00 €: 500,00 €
between 100,00 € and 199,99 €: 400,00 €
between 200,00 € and 299,99 €: 300,00 €
between 300,00 € and 399,99 €: 200,00 €
between 400,00 € and 499,99 €: 100,00 €

Terms of repayment:
The grant is non-repayable.

How can I apply for money from the state emergency fund?
Online application here:


What proof must be provided?

  • Matriculation certificate summer semester 2020
  • identity card or equivalent proof of identity
  • Indication of a domestic bank account
  • a declaration that no further applications for grants for other pandemic-related support have been submitted for the month for which the bridging aid is requested, or that it is not intended to submit an application for that month
  • Declaration of the pandemic emergency, stating the reason for the emergency, and presentation through appropriate documents
  • Chronologically complete documentation of the financial emergency situation, sorted by date, based on the current account balance and the account movements of all accounts since February or March 2020
  • Self-declaration that a successful completion of the studies can be expected


Do you have questions about your already submitted application?

Please contact us by e-mail, stating your application-ID. This is the best way for us to respond to your questions:

Your application has been rejected? You may assume that your application has been examined thoroughly and in accordance with the uniform nationwide guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. There must be clear reasons for rejection that your application could not be granted. Please understand that, given the large number of applications, it is not possible to communicate detailed reasons for rejection for each application.

IMPORTANT: It is not possible to make a retroactive application for June 2020 or to make a second application in the same month. Please make sure that you provide correct and complete information when submitting your application. All necessary documents must be submitted together. Otherwise you will unfortunately not be able to receive the bridging aid.

The most important questions about bridging aid: FAQ for students.

The Deutsches Studentenwerk has compiled the 10 most frequently asked questions from students on the brigding aid as well as technical information on online application.

BMBF Bridging Aid Hotline:
Phone: 0800 26 23 003

Explanatory video for the application

Explanatory video for status check and follow-up application



The already existing KfW student loan will be changed in the current corona situation. Among other things, it will be made interest-free in the disbursement phase for the period from May 2020 to March 2021.

You will find all important information in our listing of student loans.