Many students have lost their jobs in the course of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and therefore have financial problems. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has created interim financial assistance for this emergency situation. You can find current information on the homepage of the Studentenwerk/Student Union (only available in German). Click here for the online application.
The Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG; only available in German) is an inexpensive way to finance a first-degree course. Within the standard period of study, one half of it is granted as an interest-free loan and the other half as a grant, i.e. one half is given as a gift. Foreign students receive BAföG only in very limited cases. In any case, you should seek advice from the Office for Educational Support (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung).
Further information on BAföG:
Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz - Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
Tel. 0941 943 2209
International degree-seeking students can apply for financial aid from the 3rd curriculum term (Bachelor) or 2nd curriculum term (Master) onward. Funding is granted after checking the requirements in each individual case and according to the availability of funds.
Requirements: no financial support through BAföG, proven financial need, recognizable academic success
Application deadlines: April 15 (summer semester) and October 31 (winter semester)
You can find the application form here (only available in German).
For further information, please contact the International Office of OTH Regensburg (housing-international(at)oth-regensburg.de), Galgenbergstr. 30, 93053 Regensburg, Room D 115.
From the 2nd semester at the earliest, you can apply for money to buy books (Oskar-Karl-Forster grant). It is a one-time grant of up to 500 € for the procurement of books or other learning materials.
Application deadlines: May 31 and December 31
Further information and the application form can be found here (only available in German).