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Coronavirus measures taken by the Studierendenwerk Paderborn

Last updated on October 1, 2020 at 10am

  • Theining and catering facilities, including the DeliCard service office, are closed as of March 18, 2020 until further notice. Exeption: Cafébar Bona VistaCaféte, Mensa Forum and Mensa Atrium
    All consulting services are available but only by phone or email. Documents can be submitted by post, email, or via the mailbox at the entrance of the main office building.
  • BAföG LINK
    Housing LINK

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



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. 

May 28,2020: 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. 

April 30, 2020: Federal Ministry of Education to provide financial relief for students in pandemic-related emergencies  Link

September, 09, 2020: 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

Our association, the German National Association for Student Affairs, is working with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Studierendenwerks nationally to define the procedure and criteria for the allocation of emergency aid to students in need. We are doing our best to make sure that this aid can be quickly distributed to the affected students.

May 29, 2020
“The goal of all those involved, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the 57 members of German National Association for Student Affairs, is to make financial relief for students available as quickly as possible. The application process, and the processing of a high number of the expected applications, will not be possible without an IT solution. We are all working intensively to provide this solution, so that the aid can be applied for, assessed and issued, during the month of June."
We’ll let you know as soon as the application process starts. Link to further 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

Information from Studierendenwerks  NRW.

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