Federal student aid, scholarships and loans

Information about how to finance your studies at the University of Konstanz is available here.

Application for federal educational assistance according to BAföG*

Send your BAföG application to the "Amt für Ausbildungsförderung" (office for educational assistance). You can also go there to receive advice on financing your studies. The "Bedarfssätze" (calculated monthly amounts) are based on financial need. The maximum amount awarded is 934 euros.

Forms (in German) for your BAföG application

For additional information, please see here:

German National Association for Student Affairs

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

BAföG calculator via Studis Online

Seezeit Student Services Bodensee

* BAföG stands for "Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz" (Federal Training Assistance Act)


You can also finance your studies through scholarships from state, church, city and private institutions.

The application process varies depending on the institution. In addition to achievement criteria, social and volunteer work is also taken into account.

Click here for an overview of the organisations promoting young talent that are represented at the University of Konstanz, as well as information about contact and liaison persons.

The scholarship guide of "vergleich.org" [pdf] offers a comprehensive list of scholarship programmes for students and doctoral candidates.

The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) organises an information event about scholarships every semester. On its website you will find important dates and presentation slides.

Information regarding the individual scholarships and further details about the application process can be found on the following websites and databases:

University of Konstanz’s "Deutschlandstipendium" scholarship

As a student at the University of Konstanz you may apply for the "Deutschlandstipendium" (without doctoral and visiting students). Your academic achievements are the deciding factors when applying for this scholarship. The scholarship amounts to 300 euros per month and is awarded without regard to income for a minimum of two semesters. Applications are submitted and processed during the winter semester; scholarships are awarded and paid in the following summer semester. The submission period for the online application begins on 1 September and ends on 31 October every year (cut-off date). General regulations for and information about the Deutschlandstipendium can be found on the Federal Ministry of Education and Research website (BMBF).

Education Loan

The federal government provides low interest education loans for students who are in an advanced stage of their studies. The loan will be granted for a maximum period of two years, with a credit limit of 7,200 euros. The education loan is not related to BAföG (Federal Training Assistance Act); a legal claim to this loan does not exist.

For more information, please see Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

KfW student loan

The "KfW" ("Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau") resp. German reconstruction loan corporation offers a special loan for first degree students. With monthly contributions of 100 to 650 euros, students can receive financial support until the 10th semester (maximum total of 14 semesters). The loan can be added to the education loan and BAföG. Important information regarding the conditions and requirements for the student loan can be found on the KfW website.

Applications and personal assistance are available from the Seezeit.

Emergency financial assistance

Seezeit Student Services provides emergency financial assistance to students who, of no fault of their own, are in financial difficulty. You can receive a maximum sum of 300 euros per month for up to three months. Please submit your application for emergency financial assistance via the Social Councelling of Seezeit.

Additionally, Seezeit offers an interest-free loan for living expenses. This loan can be dispersed for a short time period.

The Seezeit web pages provide an overview of all opportunities for financial aid.

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