Federal financial bridging aid

Grant for students in pandemic emergency situations

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing a total of 100 million euros in grants to help students who are in acute distress due to the corona pandemic. The grants are awarded through the Studenten- and Studierendenwerke.

The bridging allowance can be applied for by domestic and foreign students who are enrolled at state and state-recognised universities in Germany. Depending on proven need, between 100,00 € and 500,00 €can be paid as a non-repayable grant.

Decisive is the account balance: If you have more than 500,00 € on your accounts at the time of application, you are unfortunately not entitled to claim this assistance. Therefore, please refrain from making an application.

Applications may be submitted only for the months of June, July, August and September 2020.

Please refrain from personal requests. Your application has been reviewed by the STUDENTIERENDENWERK team in several processing instances.

There is no legal entitlement to the bridging allowance.

This aid is intended to help those students who are in a proven pandemic emergency situation, who need immediate help and who cannot call on any other assistance.

Eligible to apply:

  • German students and
  • international students,
  • who are enrolled at a state or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany and are not on leave of absence.
  • you have not applied for any other pandemic-related support, e.g. from emergency funds, foundations or funding agencies.

Not eligible to apply are students who are studying in the context of an employment relationship, for example at universities of applied sciences for administration or universities of the armed forces, students in part-time or dual studies, guest students and students at universities not recognised by the state.

The bridging aid complements the initiatives taken so far by the Federal Government to support students in the current exceptional situation caused by the corona pandemic. BAföG or the KfW student loan can provide longer-term support.

If you can prove that you are in a financial emergency due to the pandemic, for example because your part-time job has been cancelled and you have not been able to find a new part-time job so far, we can provide you with a government grant of 100,00 € to 500,00 € per month.

You can submit applications for the months June, July, August and September 2020, but a new application is required for each month. The amount of the grant depends on your account balance at the time you submit the online application and is calculated in this way:

Account balance           Bridging aid
< 100,00 €                  500,00 €
100,00 - 199,99 €                  400,00 €
200,00 - 299,99 €                  300,00 €
300,00 - 399,99 €                  200,00 €
400,00 - 499,99 €                  100,00 €

The account balance on the day before the application is submitted is decisive. This means, for example: If you submit the application on ´20.06.2020, the account balance on 19.06.2020 is relevant.

After your online application has been checked, you will be informed by e-mail whether you will receive bridging allowance and if so, how much.

No. The bridging aid is a grant from the Federal Government which does not have to be repaid.


You can submit an application up to the last day of a month; the application will then be considered for the month requested, e.g. in the case of an application on 31 July 2020 for July 2020.


You can submit your application on the online portal: ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de. Please use the latest version of the Internet browsers Chrome, Firefox or Opera - or the current standard browsers of mobile devices. If you use Edge as your browser, please upgrade to Edge Chromium version 83.x or higher. Internet Explorer versions are not supported.

It is important that you indicate at which university you are studying. For universities that have offices or locations in other cities, the system assigns a Studierendenwerk after the university's headquarters. 

We will check your application and let you know whether and when you will receive how much bridging allowance.

Tutorial I: Applying for bridging aid

Tutorial II: Follow-up applications


Yes, that is what the criteria specify. This bridging aid is intended for acute emergencies.

This is not relevant as long as

  • a demonstrable pandemic-related emergency prevails at the time of submitting the application and
  • you assure that you have not filed any further applications for allowances as comparable support during a pandemic-related emergency situation for the month that you are now applying for. Such applications could be other emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations, and
  • you are not expecting income through previously filed applications this month.


For an application, you need:

  • your institution’s certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020
  • your identity card or equivalent proof of identity, such as a passport with a registration certificate
  • details of a bank account in Germany
  • a declaration that you have not applied for any further pandemic-related support for the month that you are herewith applying for (such as from emergency funds, foundations or sponsoring associations) or are not expecting further support through applications that you have already submitted
  • an explanation of why you are in a pandemic-related emergency situation, if possible proven by corresponding documents: termination of you employment relationship by your former employer, a self-declaration regarding the loss of your previous gainful employment, or a self-declaration that owing to the pandemic, family support has been terminated
  • the statements of all your accounts from February until the date of application. Please make sure that you upload them completely and in chronological order in a PDF document. Otherwise this may lead to a rejection of your application! In addition, it must be clear that you are the account holder and you must not blacken anything on these account statements, otherwise the application will be considered incomplete
  • a self-declaration that you can be expected to successfully complete your studies


You can still file a application. The expiry date of your identity document only has to be after 31.12.2019.

Yes. Only documents proving the pandemic emergency must be submitted without gaps. Information on the identity card that does not directly serve to prove identity and address, such as place of birth or religious affiliation, can be blacked out.

To prove that you are in financial distress due to the pandemic, you must provide complete statements of all your accounts. Exceptions are account statements for savings contracts (e.g. building society contracts) or other accounts to which short-term access is not possible (e.g. rent deposit accounts, other blocked accounts or trust accounts). These do not have to be submitted.

You also have to specify online accounts, for example with Paypal or Comdirect.

For this purpose, a reasoned personal statement must be uploaded.

During the online application process, you must, among other things, upload a photo of yourself several times, once with your identity card or passport (with certificate of registration), and there is another verification step with an automatically generated numerical code that is sent to your e-mail address.

This prevents abuse and fraud.

You can always log in to the portal www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de and check the status of your application at the responsible student service organisation (Studenten- oder Studierendenwerk – STW in short). To do so, click "LOGIN" on the start page and enter the e-mail address that you have used in your application. We send you a six-digit “token” or code via e-mail; you can use this code to access the information of your application.

When your STW has finished processing your application, you receive a message to the e-mail adress with which you are register on the portal.

If you log in to the application portal again, you find out if and in what amount you receive the bridging assistance. To do so, please click “LOGIN” again and use the six-digit token/code that we send you per e-mail. Important: you receive the e-mail message directly from the application portal  www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de, not from the STW that has processed your application.

Please refrain from phone calls or inquiries at your student service organisation. How quickly you receive a message from the system depends on how many applications the student service organisations receive. Staff will do their best to process the applications swiftly. Many student service organisations have set up their own teams specifically for this purpose.

If your application is approved, you can reckon with the money being transferred in a week’s time.


No, in the case of a repeat application, you simply have to resubmit:

  • Your declaration that you have not applied for any further pandemic-related support (e.g. from emergency funds, foundations or support associations) for the current month in which you are applying for this bridging aid, or that you do not expect any further aid from already provided funds.
  • Statment of your current bank account

The decisive factor is whether a pandemic emergency exists at the time of application, which you can prove by checking the account balance and other information.

No. Later uploads are not possible.

In the application process, please make sure that you have completely uploaded all the right documents before sending the application. Your documents are shown immediately after the upload, and you can is they are not the correct ones or not readably, delete and change them. You can also go back and verify if all documents are correct and complete before sending the application. If you do not have the documents ready at hand, please interrupt the work on your application and log in again later to upload the right documents. You should only send the application when it is completely finished!

The online application tool will automatically show you if and when your application is complete when uploading documents.


No. Taking advantage of the bridging allowance has no influence on questions of residence law. The positive examination of an application for bridging assistance is based on a sudden and undeserved emergency situation for the applicant, so that a situation must be assumed which is to be regarded as a hardship case for the granting of a temporary one-off emergency assistance.

Accordingly, this is an exception to the standard requirement of guaranteed subsistence under § 5.1 no. 1 Residence Act.

In principle yes, if you are demonstrably still in a pandemic emergency situation despite these other sources of funding.

Your BAföG decision is not checked. What is decisive is the account balance and the pandemic-related lack of equal income from jobs and/or family support as shown on the account statements.

No, the BMBF has regulated that it is not an income in the sense of BAföG, see this BMBF online source

Yes - provided that your distance or second degree course is not part-time.

This bridging allowance is granted as a non-repayable grant; it serves as a bridge until you have found a new job and your need no longer exists.

This is both for secure identification and protects you and other students from fraud. Each time you log in, you receive a six-digit token or code that is valid for two hours and must be requested again for each login. Make sure you always use the same e-mail address with which you have made your application.

In order to finally send and finish your application, you receive a six-digit confirmation code per text message on your mobile phone when your online application is ready and all documents have been uploaded completely,

Thus, you always receive e-mail tokens when you complete your application after a break or if you want to online application is ready and all documents have been uploaded completely.

Thus, you always receive e-mail tokens when you complete your application after a break or if you want to check the status of your application, while you receive the six-digit text message code to your cell phone only once in order to send your application.

The data protection is guaranteed according to the standards of the European Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO).


No, the bridging grant is a grant that does not have to be repaid if you meet the conditions.

Any questions?

Contact Federal Ministry of Education and Research on bridging assistance

Tel. 0800 2623003

Contact STUDIERENDENWERK for bridging assistance