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Coronavirus measures taken by the Studierendenwerk Paderborn

Last updated on November 6, 2021 at 09am


Housing LINK

Information regarding exceptions can be found on the homepage of the Kitas. LINK



Student financial aid BAföG:

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has assured that BAföG grants will continue to be paid out even if universities are closed and that BAföG recipients will not suffer from any pandemic-related disadvantages.
The Studierendenwerk Paderborn is responsible for the university locations of Paderborn, Hamm and Lippstadt. Link to further information. 

  • An extra semester of BAföG!
    Due to the fact that the standard length of studies has been extended, the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Culture and Science has decided to increase the maximum funding period in accordance with Section 10 of the Corona Epidemic Tertiary Education Act.
    Apply now for a BAföG! 

  • Jobs deemed as essential will not impact BAföG grants
    Essential workers will retain all their BAföG funding during the current crisis. All earnings from essential jobs will not be counted against your BAföG. The full press release can be found here. 

  • BAföG is already paid from the beginning of the semester, despite the late start of lectures!  Receipt of the application is mandatory for this
    • for students at Fachhochschulen: by September at the latest
    • for students at the university: by October at the latest


Resumption of the BMBF bridging aid (Ü-Hilfe II) from November 20, 2020 to March 31, 2021, for students in pandemic-related emergency
Attention: The bridging aid can only be requested online!
Link for information.


Local relief fund and aid organizations for students

  • Corona Relief Fund for Paderborn University students
    The fund is organized by the Paderborn University executive board and AStA in corporation with the Universitätsgesellschaft: Information and application.


Helpful links to find part-time Jobs 

Hardship policy: Hartz IV as a loan for students
Students who do not qualify for BAföG, but have lost income from their part-time jobs due to the current situation, may be eligible for social benefits (unemployment benefit II and housing allowance). For this, a leave of absence from your studies is generally required. If students are not on leave, there is the option of applying for a loan to secure their livelihood due to a hardship case in accordance with Section 27 (3) of the Second Book of the Social Code.

In the current situation, a special hardship case can be taken into consideration, provided that there has been a significant reduction in income due to the pandemic. Your local job center will decide on a case by case basis.



  • FAQs, compiled by the German National Association for Student Affairs:
    What about my BAföG,?  What if I lose my part-time job? What about my housing rental contract? 
    FAQs about the impact of the corona crisis