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Study start-up aid

Eine Illustration auf einem grün-blauem Hintergrund zeigt Wolken, aus denen eine Rakete aufsteigt. Um die Rakete herum sind ein Bücherstapel und Münzen. Rechts schwebt ein Laptop, auf dessen Bildschirm „Starthilfe 800 €“ steht.

Many costs are incurred when starting university: buying a laptop or tablet, learning materials or paying the rent deposit. In order to make it easier for first-year students from low-income families to start their studies, the federal government is expected to pay a student start-up grant from the winter semester 2024/25.

How much?

  • 1,000 € one-off
  • as a gift (does not have to be repaid)
  • The study start-up grant can be applied for regardless of any subsequent BAföG entitlement and is not offset against BAföG.

Who is it for?

  • You are under 25 years old AND
  • you received one of these benefits in the month before the start of your studies:
    • Citizen's allowance (SGB II)
    • Child supplement (≠ child benefit)
    • Housing benefit
    • Benefits according to the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act

How do I submit the application?

  • The application will be possible digitally.
  • More detailed information on how to apply will follow.

You can find more information on the new study start-up grant on the BAföG calculator page.

We are happy to help!

Contact persons

Ramona López
Ramona López
Advice on student life
Student Life Advisor Kiel
Room 4, Counselling Centre in Mensa II (Leibnizstraße 12-14), 24118 Kiel
Office hoursMon+Thurs 11.00-14.00
Johanna Usinger
Johanna Usinger
Student life advising
Student Life Advisor
Room 1, Counseling Center in Mensa II (Leibnizstraße 12-14), 24118 Kiel, Germany
Office hoursMon+Thurs 11.00-14.00
Paula Jirka
Paula Jirka
Student life counselling
Consultant Kiel
Room 5, Counselling Centre in Mensa II (Leibnizstraße 12-14), 24118 Kiel
Office hoursMon+Thur 11.00-14.00
Janne Marie Wolter
Janne Marie Wolter
Counselling Student life
Consultant Flensburg
Thomas-Fincke-Str. 7, 24943 Flensburg
Office hoursMon + Wed 10.00-13.00 hrs From 30.04.24 to 10.05.2024 Mrs Wolter is not available. You can contact the other counsellors.
Stefanie Prüss
Stefanie Prüss
Counselling Student life
Consultant Lübeck
Room 43, office in the canteen building, Mönkhofer Weg 241, 23562 Lübeck
Office hoursTue-Thu 10.00-13.00 Mrs Prüss is not available from 9 May to 8 July. Please contact the other counsellors.
Beatrice Richter-Bethge
Beatrice Richter-Bethge
Counselling Student life
Consultant Heide
Room 0.44, Office FH Westküste, Fritz-Thiedemann-Ring 20, 25746 Heide
Office hoursTue 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or by appointment
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