Corona pandemic: bridging aid for students in financial emergency situations

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:

The most important questions about bridging aid: Information from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (in German)

FAQ for Students (in German)

BMBF Bridging Aid Hotline: Phone: 0800 26 23 003

Unfortunately, our employees are currently unable to help you with specific questions about the applications. For technical reasons, we will only be able to process, check and arrange your payments before June 29th, 2020. Before that, we have no insight into your application.  

Instructions for the application - please pay attention:
  • Completeness and legibility of the application and documents, as well as correctness
  • Please provide evidence of the emergency caused by the pandemic as detailed and comprehensible as possible: Loss of job / maintenance of parents no longer applies (e.g. through short-time work) / job cannot be carried out, etc. The cause of the emergency must be clear due to the pandemic, only such applications are accepted. The clerks only have the account statements and the self-declaration in order to be able to understand this fact. The living conditions should be understandable - e.g. own apartment, shared apartment or live with parents. Please really explain everything.
  • If in doubt, explain the living conditions in the self-declaration.
  • If from the job termination, it is not clear that it is due to Corona, please describe this in the self-declaration.
  • Submit certificate of enrollment, NOT student ID.
  • The registration address (on the identity card) and the address given on the application and bank statements must match.
  • Please do not blacken anything, submit ALL account statements (for the entire required period up to the day of application; for all accounts available at short notice). If payments from and to PayPal, credit card or savings accounts can be seen, these must also be verified without being asked.
  • The last income received before the pandemic must be recognizable.
  • The name of the account holder = applicant and the balance must be shown on the account statements or sales collapse. Screenshots from a bank app are not sufficient.
  • For foreign students: Please upload your passport and official registration certificate. The residence permit alone is not enough.
  • And very important: DO NOT attempt fraud with second or third applications with a different email address. This will attract attention and lead to immediate rejection and suspension.
Our umbrella association, the Deutsche Studentenwerk (DSW), has posted here technical notes about the application.