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Interim Financial Aid for Students in Germany to End in September: Number of Applications Drops

The emergency aid offered through the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to students in Germany that were in financial hardship due to the COVID-19 virus is scheduled to end in September as it was planned earlier.

It is reported that the Ministry of Education and the German National Association for Student Affairs (DSW) have announced that the market for student employment in Germany has improved which has increased significantly and the amount of students requesting assistance in emergencies steadily declining over the last several months. After this decrease and the expected aid to expire on September 30th. Erudera writes.

Since June of 2020, Germany has been providing interim financial aid to students who are international, and who have shown that they are struggling financially because of the pandemic. Since then, a lot of students have been awarded EUR500 each month in grants in the form of aid program.

Education and the German

Education and the German

Yet, these people received support based on the needs of their pandemic. For instance, people who held between EUR400 and approximately EUR500 in their banking accounts would only get the sum of EUR100 in interim financial assistance.

In order to qualify for financial aid in interim periods to students across the country needed to be enrolled in institutions of higher education that receive public funding or in universities that are that are recognized in the eyes of government.

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A few months ago this year, representatives of students from ten states of federal government in Germany stated that the amount that was EUR500 of the COVID-19 crisis aid package was not enough. They argued that it was only for students who have less than EUR100 in their accounts or those who apply to receive the aid every month, those who do not have a part-time work, or who faced financial difficulties even before the outbreak hit were granted the aid.

The Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek, as well as German Student Union (DSW) German Student Union (DSW) have made the decision to extend COVID-19 student aid for emergencies until September’s end which means that students will be eligible for the aid all through the summer term.

“It is therefore important that the bridging aid is now seamlessly offered as support for students throughout the entire summer semester of 2021,”Karliczek stated.

Based on DSW in conjunction with according to the Ministry of Education, over 100,000 students from Germany have received aid for bridging during the outbreak. The ministry provided EUR182 million to help students in the midst of the crisis while a third the students receiving aid in emergencies comprised international pupils.

According to a press release, although the number of students in Germany exceeded seventy-eight thousand, 330,000 international students in German universities during the winter term 2020/21.

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