Grafik: DSW
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Federal aid for students

Applications can be submitted as of now.

Notes on submitting applications

We check all applications thoroughly and according to the nationwide uniform guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Clear reasons must be given for a rejection. Please understand that, given the large number of applications, it is not possible to communicate the reasons for rejection for individual applications. We are concentrating our resources on processing the applications as quickly as possible, despite all the thoroughness involved, so that the assistance now arrives as quickly as possible after the long lead time.

Important: The account documents must show all account transactions up to the day before the application is submitted, including the account balance on the previous day. If you make an application on 16 June, the account documents must be uploaded by 15 June. Applications with account documents dated 31 May must be rejected.

Please pay close attention:

  • Completeness and legibility of the application and the documents and also to ensure that they are correct (we cannot and may not change applications independently afterwards).
  • Please provide evidence of the pandemic emergency situation as detailed and comprehensible as possible: Loss of job / no parental support (e.g. due to short-time work) / job cannot be performed etc. The cause of the emergency must be clear due to the pandemic, only such applications may be accepted. The employees in charge only have the bank statements and the self-declaration to be able to understand the situation. The circumstances of life should be comprehensible - e.g. own apartment, shared apartment or living with the parents. Please really explain everything.
  • In case of doubt, explain the circumstances in the self-declaration.
  • If the notice of termination does not show that it was given in a Corona-related manner, please explain this in the self-declaration.
  • Submit your certificate of study, NOT your student ID.
  • The registration address (on the identity card) and the address given on the application and the bank statements must match.
  • Please do not blacken anything, submit ALL bank statements (for the entire required period up to the date of application; for all accounts available at short notice). If payments from and to PayPal, credit card or savings accounts are visible, these must also be proven without being asked.
  • The last income received before the pandemic must be visible.
  • Bank statements or sales statements must show the name of the account holder = applicant and the balance. Screenshots of a bank app are not enough.
  • For foreign students: Please upload your passport and official registration certificate. The residence permit alone is not enough.
  • And very important: DO NOT attempt to cheat by submitting a second or third application with a different e-mail address. This will be noticed and leads to immediate rejection and blocking.

The 100 million euro interim aid from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help those students who can prove an acute, pandemic-related emergency and who need immediate help. The federal aid can be applied for by domestic and foreign students who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany. Our umbrella organisation, the DSW, is responsible for the coordination of the project and the communication with the BMBF. The DSW has compiled FAQs. You can also find them on the bottom of this page. Here are the most important facts summarised:

Those who already receive a loan, scholarships or similar in the reference month can still receive federal aid. Depending on the need, between 100 and 500 euro can be paid as a non-repayable grant.

If your account balance is over 500 euro at the time of application, you are not eligible for federal aids. Any application will be rejected. 

The application can only be made individually for the months of June, July and August 2020. Only if the pandemic-related emergency persists, a new application can be submitted for another month. The order in which the applications are processed generally depends on the time at which the complete documents are received. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

The application can only be made online. Please use the current version of the internet browser Chrome, Firefox or Opera – or the latest standard browser of mobile devices. If you use Edge as a browser, please upgrade to Edge Chromium from version 83.x. The online application is not supported by Internet Explorer.

There is no legal claim to entitlement to the federal aid.

BMBF Hotline:
Telephone: 0800 26 23 003

Here are the FAQ by DSW regarding the federal aid and the top ten most frequently asked questions.

Here is some technical advice on submitting your application.



A note from studierendenWERK BERLIN ...

You can no longer apply for support from studierendenWERK's own emergency fund. Further applications will be possible again from September.

Students of FU Berlin can still apply for support from the SoliFUnd at any time: (However, it is not possible to apply for the federal aid at the same time.)

Overview of funds

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stW emergency fundSoliFUndsFederal aid from BMBF
Who can apply?Students of partner universities of studierendenWERK BERLINStudents of Freie Universität BerlinStudents of all state-recognized universities
How much money can I receive?500 euro500 euro100 – 500 euro per approved application
Where does the money come from?studierendenWERK BERLINDonations from FU staff and friends of FUFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
What's the maximum account balance to be eligible?500 euro + 300 euro for each child500 euro + 300 euro for each childStaggered rates up to 500 euro maximum
How do I apply?Online form www.stw.berlinOnline form www.stw.berlinOnline form
When can I apply?Until 20 June 2020Until the funds are exhaustedFrom 16 June (Processing from 25 June)
I have received support from the technology fund, am I still eligible?YesYesYes
I have received a payment from the first round of the stW emergency fund, am I still eligible?NoYesYes
I have received a payment from the second round of the stW emergency fund, am I still eligible?NoNoYes, if payout has been made in May or June
Can I submit several applications in succession?NoNoYes, one per calender month
Can I receive aid from one of the other funds at the same time?NoNoNo