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Support services for students

Umverteilen - fundraising campaign of the HGB Freundeskreis

Teachers of the HGB Leipzig have developed the art project "Umverteilen - Von denen, die haben zu denen, die brauchen" (Redistribute - from those who have to those who need) in cooperation with the university's circle of friends in order to support the students of the art academy.
As a result of the measures taken to contain the Covid 19 pandemic, many students have lost the basis for financing their studies due to job losses. This is especially true for art and design students who, in addition to their livelihood, have to raise funds for studio places and working materials for the realisation of artistic and design work. In addition, they currently do not have access to the university's infrastructure with workshops, work rooms, library and gallery, which further aggravates the situation.
Since the situation of the students will not change in the foreseeable future, the donation project will continue. Interested parties are cordially invited to help young artists* and designers* in the current crisis by making a one-off donation or becoming a member of the HGB-Freundeskreis.
You can find further information in German at: hgb-leipzig.de/press

Studentenwerk Leipzig

On its website, the Studentenwerk Leipzig has published important FAQs about the support: studentenwerk-leipzig.de/hilfe-für-studierende

BMBF continues to support students throughout the winter semester with BAföG, grants and interest-free student loans

Due to the current developments in the corona pandemic, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is using the bridging aid for students in pandemic-related emergency for November and beyond until the end of the winter semester.

Students at state-recognized universities in Germany were able to apply for bridging aid in the form of a subsidy from the regionally responsible student union to alleviate pandemic-related emergencies from June to September 2020. This help will be used again from November for the entire winter semester. It thus remains part of a large package from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support students.

Eligible to apply are students who at the time of submitting the application are enrolled at a state or state-recognized university in Germany, who are living in Germany and who were not on leave. This applies to students from Germany and abroad, with no age limit.

The grant is approved up to a monthly amount of 500 euros. The 57 regional student unions are responsible for processing applications, whereby the applications are submitted exclusively online via the established nationwide uniform IT platform. An application has been made since November 20. possible again. The online tool for submitting applications can be found here.

The bridging aid as a grant is only part of the BMBF package for students in pandemic emergencies. Another essential pillar of the bridging aid is the KfW student loan. This is a tried and tested program by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Since 2006 it has offered students the opportunity to take in up to 650 euros per month. In principle, students from all state-recognized universities in Germany between the ages of 18 and 44 who meet one of the following requirements are eligible:

  • German citizens with a domestic registration address,
  • Family members of a German citizen who are staying with him in Germany and who are registered here,
  • EU citizens who have been legally resident in Germany for at least three years and who are registered here,
  • Family members of such an EU citizen who are staying with him in Germany and who are registered here,
  • Educational residents and registered in Germany.


For the bridging aid, the group of beneficiaries of the classic KfW student loan was extended until March 31, 2021 in the spring. Foreign students - from third countries and EU citizens who have only been in Germany for a short time - can also take advantage of this.

The loan was initially made interest-free for all borrowers until March 2021. This interest rate subsidy will now be extended until the end of 2021. The BMBF bears the costs.

The proven application procedure applies. In principle, the general conditions of the KfW student loan apply with a maximum monthly payment of 650 euros.

Further information on the KfW student loan

FAQ of the BMBF on bridging aids

Information on corona measures at the HGB