Financial Support

Studierendenwerk offers a range of support measures for students who find themselves in unforeseen emergency situations.

Student hardship funds

The Studierendenwerk Freiburg-Schwarzwald offers grants for students who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in unforeseen emergency situations. If you would like to apply for a grant from the hardship fund, please contact Ms Rosalowsky, e-mail stufi(at), and describe your situation. The amount and type of grant depends on the applicant's individual situation.

There is no legal claim to support. All support measures are subordinated and intended as a bridging aid. They serve exclusively to ease the situation of the students.

Family members of the applicant cannot be considered.


Mensa Free meals

Students who are at an advanced stage of their studies (from the 3rd semester) and find themselves in need can get free lunch or dinner for a certain period of time during the semester. 

As with all hardship assistance requests, the financial and social circumstances of the applicant and his/her parents are taken into account. 



KulturWunsch Freiburg is a non-profit association, which has made it its business to enable people interested in culture, who due to their financial situation are not able to actively participate in the cultural life of their city at all or only to an extremely limited extent, to participate in culture. An application for KulturWunsch can be made via SWFR, and proof of income (bank statements) will be checked.

The University of Freiburg offers financial help for students that are starting their studies. The program was developed in cooperation with the Freiburg-Schwarzwald Student Union. It is a bridge financing in the first semesters of your studies, e.g. if you do not receive a scholarship or BAföG.

  • The maximum amount of study start assistance is 750 € per month.
  • It runs for a maximum of 6 months.

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