Bridging assistance expired as planned
During the coronavirus pandemic, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) responded early to pandemic-related student emergencies with a comprehensive aid package. The so-called bridging assistance (Überbrückungshilfe) provided financial support to students who found themselves in an economic emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The bridging assistance grants alone have helped more than 100,000 students in the last semesters, many of them for several months.
Recently, the student job market has recovered noticeably, so that the number of applications for bridging assistance has steadily declined. For that reason, the BMBF and Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) have agreed to discontinue the grant program as planned after 30 September 2021.