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Financial Support

studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Social Counselling Centre can financially support students in some situations. You can find out what support is available to you by speaking with your Social Counselling Centre.

The Study Starters Grant programme is intended to help students get off on the right start to their studies. It offers financial support for the costs incurred when beginning studies, for things you need to buy (study materials, laptop, books), for help paying your deposit for your flat, or to tide you over financially until a later point in time (until your BAföG is paid or you find a job). The one-off grant amounts to €1,000.

For the winter semester 2018/2019 the studierendenWERK BERLIN is once again offering a Study Starters Grant of €1.000. The application period is from September 15th until October 15th 2018.


Who can get the Study Starters Grant?

The following students can get the grant:

  • Those enrolled at a Berlin university or college and who pay a contribution to studierendenWERK BERLIN, and
  • who have not yet started their first semester
  • and who are in financial need (e.g. refugees, international students without a scholarship, former recipients of ALG II [a kind of unemployment support in Germany], students with a family, students living with a disability or chronic illness) and
  •  who can present a study funding plan.

The study grant is meant for students in first-study programs/undergraduate studies ("Bachelor" and/or "Master") or Staatsexamen. Second-degree students (i.e. they have already obtained an equivalent degree) and PhD students are not eligible for the study grant.


What documents are needed to apply for the Study Starters Grant?

  • Application form: cover sheet detailing your outgoings and your income/assets
  • Application letter (maximum one page)
  • CV, which must be in tabular form (up to two pages)
  • Explanation of how you plan to structure your studies (max. ½ page)
  • Explanation of how you plan to finance your studies (max. ½ page)
  • Current enrolment certificate (winter semester 2018/2019) or notice of admission with proof you have paid your semester fees (bank statement)
  • Personal identity card or passport with proof-of-residence certificate
  • If you are an international student, your residence permit

 

Please pay attention to the following formal notes and the application process:

  • The application has to be submitted until October 15th 2018 by post (postmark) to Hardenbergstr. 34, 10623 Berlin or handed in personally at the InfoPoint (Hardenbergstr. 34, 10623 Berlin) during the regular opening hours (Mon - Fri 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM). Applications which we receive later cannot be considered.
  • The application has to be received by us within the application period (September 15th until October 15th 2018).
  • Applications which are submitted outside this period cannot be considered.
  • Only complete applications will be processed. Before you hand in your application, please use the checklist to ensure it is complete. We will NOT contact you to request missing documents, and we will not accept missing documents at a later date.
  • The number of available grants is limited. There is no legal entitlement to the grant.
  • The commitments will be made by the end of November 2018, please abstain from individual requests.

If you have any questions at all, please email: zuschuss@stw.berlin


Do you need help planning how to finance your studies?

If you need help planning how to finance your studies, you can get in touch with studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Social Counselling Centre. We provide advice on BAföG, living costs, scholarships, casual work, credit loans for students, social support benefits, and studying when you have a family.

 

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With the Successfully Completing Your Studies Grant, studierendenWERK BERLIN provides support for living costs or for extra needs that arise because of your studies (such as for your final thesis). With this assistance, students may be able to reduce the energy they spend on their job. A one-off support payment of €1,000 is provided.

For the winter semester 2018/2019 the studierendenWERK BERLIN is once again offering a Successfully Completing Your Studies Grant of €1.000. The application period is from September 15th 2018 until October 15th 2018.


Who can get the Successfully Completing Your Studies Grant?

  • Students who are enrolled at a Berlin university and who pay a contribution to studierendenWERK BERLIN, and
  • who are in financial need (e.g. refugees, international students without a scholarship, former recipients of ALG II [a kind of unemployment support in Germany], students with a family, students living with a disability or chronic illness) and
  • who can present a study funding plan for the completion of their course and
  • who will reach the end of their degree within the next 12 months.

The study grant is meant for students in first-study programs/undergraduate studies ("Bachelor" and/or "Master") or Staatsexamen. Second-degree students (i.e. they have already obtained an equivalent degree) and PhD students are not eligible for the study grant.


What documents are needed to apply for the Successfully Completing Your Studies Grant?

  • Application form: cover sheet detailing your outgoings and your income/assets
  • Application letter (maximum one page)
  • CV, which must be in tabular form (up to two pages)
  • Proof of your how your studies have proceeded up until this point (overview of your performance, transcript of record)
  • Explanation of how you plan to complete your studies (max. ½ page)
  • Explanation of how you plan to finance your studies (max. ½ page)
  • Current enrolment certificate (winter semester 2018/2019)
  • Personal identity card or passport with proof-of-residence certificate
  • If you are an international student, your residence permit
    Statement from your university that you will complete your degree within the next 12 months

 

Please pay attention to the following formal notes and the application process:

  • The application has to be submitted until October 15th 2018 by post (postmark) to Hardenbergstr. 34, 10623 Berlin or handed in personally at the Info-Point (Hardenbergstr. 34, 10623 Berlin) during the regular opening hours (Mon  -Fri 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM). Applications which we receive later cannot be considered.
  • The application has to be received by us within the application period (September 15th 2018 until October 15th 2018).
  • Applications which are submitted outside this period cannot be considered.
  • Only complete applications will be processed. Before you hand in your application, please use the checklist to ensure it is complete. We will NOT contact you to request missing documents, and we will not accept missing documents at a later date.
  • The number of available grants is limited. There is no legal entitlement to the grant.
  • The commitments will be made by the end of November 2018, please abstain from individual requests.

If you have any questions at all, please email: zuschuss@stw.berlin


Do you need help planning how to finance your studies?

If you need help planning how to finance your studies, you can get in touch with studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Social Counselling Centre. We provide advice on BAföG, living costs, scholarships, casual work, credit loans for students, social support benefits, and studying when you have a family.

 

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studierendenWERK BERLIN can offer bridging loans to students experiencing hardship.


Who can get a loan?

The following students can get the grant:

  • Students who pay a contribution to studierendenWERK BERLIN and are studying for a BA, MA or state examination.
  • Who are experiencing short-term economic difficulties.
  • Who can demonstrate that their studies are progressing successfully.
  • Who can offer securities for the repayment.


How much is the loan?


On a one-off basis, and depending on needs, up to €1,470 (maximum of €735 per month).


What are the costs?


Costs arise for overdue notices and for cancellations.


How does repayment work?

Grace period: 1 month
Repayment phase: starts in the month after payment and may not exceed 24 months; monthly repayment rates paid via direct debit.


How does the application work?

  • Application made during personal meeting at the Social Counselling Centre, hand in of initial application documents
  • Submission of missing documents within 30 days of initial application
  • Signing of contract (at the Social Counselling Centre)
  • Instalments are repaid on the 15th or 30th of the month.

Loans are not granted if they are to be used for the repayment of debts.


For the application, we need to see copies and originals of the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Written explanation of your hardship conditions
  • ID card or valid passport + proof-of-residence certificate
  • Enrolment certificate
  • Evidence of your recent academic performance
  • Information about your expected expenditures (e.g. cost forecast)
  • Proof of income, job contract
  • Evidence regarding your rent and health insurance costs
  • Bank account statements from the last three months


Applications must be made in person at your Social Counselling Centre.

For students experiencing hardship, studierendenWERK BERLIN can provide emergency support which makes it possible for them to successfully continue their studies. This helps to avoid students being forced to discontinue their studies.

Requirements:

Students are entitled to apply if they are enrolled at a university in the State of Berlin and pay a social insurance contribution to studierendenWERK BERLIN (or who have a social insurance contribution paid on their behalf) and who can prove that they need extra support due to their personal and social situation.
The prerequisite that there is an acute, unpredictable, and temporary personal emergency for which the student is not at fault and which endangers the student’s ability to continue their studies. The past academic performance of the applicant must demonstrate that it is possible for the student to continue studying successfully.

Scope:

The support is granted as a one-off payment for living costs. The maximum amount will either correspond to the student’s requirements as defined by BAföG, or be in the form of a cost contribution. Students must be able to provide proof of these costs. The contribution will amount to a maximum of three times the student’s requirements as defined in BAföG.

Do you need advice about your personal situation and about the emergency fund? Then get in touch with your Social Counselling Centre, so we can work out your options together.


Related files:
Guidelines for Issuing Emergency Funds

For students with children, with family members in need of care, or for students with health issues, studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Kuhlmann Stipend can help when financial emergencies arise.


Conditions:


Students are entitled to apply if they are enrolled at a university in the State of Berlin and pay a social insurance contribution to studierendenWERK BERLIN.

Students with children, with family members in need of care, or with health issues, can apply for studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Kuhlmann Stipend.

Application for this stipend requires that studies are being actively pursued. This is judged on the basis of the general financial parameters to which the student is subject. Application also requires that the student is subject to short-term financial straits and has received financial advice from the studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Social Counselling Centre. Only students in the final stages of their studies are entitled to apply.


Amount of the Stipend:


The stipend is based on information provided about the student’s expenses and is limited to €500 per semester. Students can apply for the stipend no more than two times.

Applications must be made in person at your Social Counselling Centre.


Related files: 
Guidelines for the Kuhlmann Stipend

For students with care needs who were born in Berlin, studierendenWERK BERLIN grants financial support from funds of the Walter and Irmgard Kramer Foundation.


Conditions:


Students are entitled to apply if they are enrolled at a university in the State of Berlin and pay a social insurance contribution to studierendenWERK BERLIN, and their personal and social situation demonstrates that they are in special need of support. The prerequisite is that the applicants were born in Berlin (evidence with birth certificate).


Amount of Financial Support:


Support is provided as a supplement, up to a maximum of the entitlements as set out in BAföG. Support lasting several months is possible in principle.

Applications must be made in person at your Social Counselling Centre.

Whether you have come to Berlin for one semester or for your entire degree – we at the Social Counselling Centre would like to support you in shaping your study stay in the best possible way, with all the associated opportunities and challenges. We are here to help, especially if you have questions about organising your daily life.

In addition to the financial support provided by studierendenWERK BERLIN, there are other possibilities for financing your studies.

We provide you with information about this under Financing Your Studies.

Contact to Social Counselling Centre

CharlottenburgFriedrichshain and Dahlem


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