corona pandemic is presenting many students with financial difficulties. To
give help where it is needed, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
has set up a scheme for temporary financial assistance (Überbrückungshilfe)
as well as offering interest-free loans.
Due to the corona crisis, the standard study period will be extended by two semesters by law. This is especially important for students who receive a BaFöG grant: because the maximum duration for financial assistance is linked to the standard study period – as per the State Higher Education Act – the longest period you can receive the BAföG for has also been increased at the same time. Specific information is available from the Ulm Students' Union (Studierendenwerk Ulm).
In addition to the student loans from the Development Loan Corporation (KfW) (interest-free loans until March 31, 2021), you can also apply for temporary financial assistance (Überbrückungshilfe). These grants must not be repaid and can be applied for by both domestic and foreign students. The temporary financial assistance (Überbrückungshilfe) from the BMBF is intended to help students who can prove they are suffering severe hardship as a result of the pandemic, and who require immediate assistance. The receipt of loans, scholarships or similar in the month concerned does not preclude the opportunity to receive a grant. Depending on proven need, a non-repayable grant of between EUR 100 and EUR 500 can be paid out. The size of the grant depends upon your bank balance on the day before the application is made online. The application can be made separately for these months: November 2020, December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021. Applications can only be made via the online portal. There is no legal entitlement to the temporary financial assistance (Überbrückungshilfe). You will find all the information on temporary financial assistance (Überbrückungshilfe) for students suffering severe hardship as a result of the pandemic here.
You will also find information about "financial assistance during the corona crisis" on the Studierendenwerk Ulm (Ulm Students' Union) website, along with information on Mensa opening times and how to increase the length of your stay in student accommodation.