Germany Provides Interim Financial Aid for Students Affected by Pandemic

As a consequence of COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of students in Germany have been experiencing financial difficulties for quite some time now.

To these students, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or in German Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) has been offering financial support of up to €500 since June, to continue then in July, August and September 2020.

In order to help more students, the ministry decided to reinstate the grant from November until the end of the winter semester.

Students who are eligible to receive aid under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) but did not manage to apply yet due to several reasons, i.e. they have had a part-time job, have been financially supported by their family or those whose income was affected and interrupted by the pandemic, are now allowed to apply for the grant.

The financial aid is divided into two parts:

  • KfW student loan provided by the KfW banking group.
  • Interim aid allocated by student services organizations.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research will also offer financial support to students who did not fulfil the criteria to benefit from the grant because they have exceeded the standard period of studies or have been enrolled in the second period of studies.

As the applications for the aid had to be submitted separately for every month during the four months the grant was provided, students who possess German or foreign citizenship and who are enrolled at a recognized public or state higher education institution were again permitted to submit applications for receiving aid in the form of a grant.

Students enrolled at higher education institutions where studying is linked to an employment relationship, such as universities of applied administrative sciences or Bundeswehr universities or even guest students, are not eligible for the grant.

The Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek said that students would not be left alone amid pandemic; therefore they have decided to offer the summer’s grant again to students who have been affected by the pandemic. She notified that the grant would be given until the end of the winter semester, which is March 31.

“Thus, we want to help students whose job opportunities have ceased to exist due to the government actions against the corona pandemic,” she said.

By reinstating the student aid, the government aims to ease students’ financial problems which have been triggered by measures imposed to restraint the spread of the virus across the whole of Germany.

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