Students in Germany to Receive COVID-19 Financial Aid for Summer Semester 2021

Students across Germany who have been financially affected from COVID-19 will receive bridging aid in the form of a €500 grant per month during the summer semester 2021, the Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek, along with the German Student Union (DSW) have decided.

Applications for aid which is part of the BMBF package for students in pandemic emergencies, can be submitted online via a nationwide uniform IT platform which can be accessed through the ministry’s website.

The Federal Minister of Education, Anja Karliczek, said that none of the students should be deprived of continuing their studies due to lack of income.

“It is therefore important that the bridging aid is now seamlessly offered as support for students throughout the entire summer semester of 2021,” Karliczek said, encouraging among others, students who haven’t been receiving any benefits under the normal BAföG to submit a regular application for BAföG.

In order to be eligible to apply for grants, students should be residing in Germany at the time of submitting the application, must be enrolled at a state university in Germany, and should not be planning to leave the country.

Following the decision, the Secretary-General of the German Student Union (DSW), Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, said that student unions would continue to support students across Germany whose finances have been affected by the pandemic.

While 57 regional student unions are responsible for processing the applications, this year, the acceptance rate of applications for bridging aid is as follows:

  • 75 per cent of applications have been accepted, while 48,608 have been rejected during January.
  • 76 per cent of applications have been accepted, and 47,784 have been rejected during February.
  • 81 per cent of applications have been accepted, and 22,415 have been rejected during March.

There haven’t been any changes in the applications’ requirements. The simplifications which have been in force since the 2020/2021 winter semester also remain and mainly focus on the following:

  • brief documentation of the account activity,
  • the adjustment of the current proof of a pandemic-related emergency which gives unemployed students access to the grants,
  • the extended admission of self-declarations if written documents cannot be presented in the corona times.

Throughout 2020, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provided bridging aid to students in need during June, July, and August and then decided to extend the grant from November 2020 until the end of the winter semester.

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