Federal interim financial aid

Corona Pandemic: Federal interim financial aid for students is back again

The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) supports students who are in a proven and current financial emergency due to the corona pandemic. Emergency grants are available until September 2021. The grants are allocated through the network of the local student service organisations – the Studentenwerke (STW).

Start your online application here:


You will find the most important questions about Bridging Aid here on this website.

BMBF-Hotline on interim financial aid:
Telephone:         0800 26 23 003 (call-free number from Germany)
E-Mail:                ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende(at)bmbf.bund.de

FAQs for students

In a nutshell


Those already receiving loans, grants or other support during the reference month may nevertheless obtain interim financial aid. Depending on proven need, you could receive between 100 € and 500 € as a non-repayable allowance.
Those with more than 500 € in their bank account at the time of submitting an application will not receive this interim financial aid and should please not file an application.
Applications can be submitted for the current month and must be renewed for each further month one at a time.

Please submit your application online to the local student service organisation (Studierendenwerk or Studentenwerk – STW). Based on the details you have provided in your application, the STW will decide whether aid is granted. The order of processing of applications is generally guided by the time of receipt of the complete documents by the respective student service organisation.

You are not legally entitled to the award of interim financial aid. You confirm this when you submit your application by recognition of the ancillary provisions.

Applications must be submitted online on the portal https://www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de/start.

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Applications are submitted to the student service organisation (STW) operating for the higher education institution in Germany that you are studying at. In the case of an institution with several locations, the student service organisation where the head office of your higher education institution is located will be responsible for processing your application. In the case of higher education institutions without relevant student service organisations, the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk – DSW) will determine which student service organisation is responsible.

If you cannot find your higher education institution in Germany (only higher education institutions – but no other schools – are eligible) in the following list, please send an Email to ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende(at)studentenwerke.de

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Technical information

Here you will find important technical information on how to apply:

Technical information on the online application of the Federal interim financial aid