Financial Aid for Students
(last updated 2021)
Students that have verifiable proof that they face pandemic-related financial hardship, that need immediate help and cannot receive other financial assistance (e.g. BAföG) can apply for the “Interim financial aid” (Überbrückungshilfe) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. International students from EU- and non-EU countries can also apply for the financial aid (up to 500 Euro) for the months until September 2021 (a new application for each month).
FAQs Interim financial aid/Überbrückungshilfe
Please note, all documents have to be complete!
The application form states the following advice concerning bank statements:
„ Complete set of bank statements for all bank accounts held in your name for the entire calendar month prior to the application and the current month, so that the current account balance on the day before the application or the last bank working day before the application date is visible”
Before submitting your application:
- all bank statements have to be complete
- show balance of the day before sending the application
- list every turnover
- show your name
Otherwise, Studentenwerk can’t examine your application.
Further information from the Studentenwerk on interim financial aid you can find here.
On the following websites you will find information on financial aid:
- The KfW Group is making interest-free loans of up to EUR 650/month available to international students from July onwards. Further information can be found here: KfW page on the student loan.
BAföG (only available in German):
- If examinations are postponed to times after the standard period of study, the submission date for the performance record may also be postponed accordingly
- If certain required proofs cannot be obtained (e.g. due to closure of the university), this does not prevent BAföG funding
- If your parents are currently earning less, e.g. due to short-time work, your chances of receiving BAföG or higher BAföG support are greater
- All students entitled to BAföG in Summer term 2020, as well as Winter term 2020/2021 are granted one extra semester each of maximum time funding.
For further information on financing your course of study and financial emergencies, please visit the following website.
Tel.: 069/798-34905 or 069/798-34922
Emergency Child Care
Single parent students are admitted to emergency care with current regulations. All information, including how to apply for an emergency care place, can be found here (in German).
For this purpose, the childcare provider usually requires proof from the employer / the university that you belong to one of these groups.
Applying for an emergency childcare place
The Goethe University acts as a confirming body for single parents.
Please download the application form from the website of the Hessian State Parliament of Social Affairs (link below) and send it completed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student secretariat will then confirm by signature and stamp that you are registered with us and return the form to you. With the completed form you can apply for emergency care.
Important: This option is ONLY available to single-parent students.
Note: In the facilities of BVZ GmbH, the student card and the completed form is sufficient as proof for students.
The current application form (02.06.2020)
On the website of the Hessian State Parliament of Social Affairs and Integration (in German) you will always find the most current information on this topic.