Corona Emergency Aid

Dear fellow students,
within the last few days, more and more students have reached out to us who are facing financial difficulties due to the corona pandemic. This can be, among other things, due to the fact that they did not receive the financial support from the government or because of the loss of their job due to Corona. Therefore together with the university executive the AStA of the Hochschule Niederrhein has set up an emergency fund for students who may not be able to continue their studies due to these financial difficulties. Up to € 500 will be given to students in need once and without any repayment obligation.

You can apply for the financial government support here:
Überbrückungshilfe für Studierende

These aids will be reviewed and awarded by the AStA board and the senate president Dr. Oecking equally.
Applications can be submitted from now on until April 30th, 2021. The payment will be made as soon as possible after receiving the application and subsequent examination.

Applications have to be sent via post to the AStA office in Krefeld West - Adlerstr. 35 - 47798 Krefeld.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your documents are complete! Incomplete applications cannot be processed and the processing time can be significantly extended!

What we need from you:

  • Completed application (see the button below the frequently asked questions)
  • Current certificate of enrolment -> copy from hio.hsnr.de
  • Bank statements from the last 3 months of all your accounts (also PayPal, etc.) If necessary, a copy of the account statement from your blocked account with a blocking note (building loan agreements, trust accounts, etc.)
  • if necessary, copies of your child’s birth certificates
  • if applicable, certificate of your parents short-time work (they cant support you)
  • if necessary, certificate of the loss of your part-time job, or similar


The applicant must be enrolled at the time of payment.

Furthermore one or more of the following statements have to be true:

  • You have lost your job due to Corona
  • You did not receive any or too little state bridging allowance
  • You are currently unable to pay the semester fee
  • Your average monthly income is less than 861 € (BAföG maximum rate) (every income on your account is rated as income).

If you have any questions, have a look at our FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Income

What is the income limit?

The income limit is 861 € or it's based on your BAföG maximum rate. This value is a guideline and is checked individually by the AStA chair and the senate president based on your financial situation.

What counts as income?

All income, including transfers from parents, friends or other accounts.

Does child benefit count as income?

Yes. If this is not “your” child benefit but for your child. Don't worry: Your child is an additional person in the household and is taken into account accordingly in the income limit.

Does money that my parents / grandparents / relatives have transferred to me count as income?

Yes, regardless of whether it is a one-time or regular payment.

Can you apply for emergency aid if you have already received a social welfare loan from the AStA?

Yes, the loan will be converted into emergency aid so no debts will be made. If the loan amount is below € 500, the difference can be paid.

Can you apply for emergency aid if you have already submitted a Härtefall application to the AStA?

Yes, but the reimbursement of the semester ticket is counted as income.

My income is different every month. Which income counts for the income limit?

We calculate the average income over the past three months up to the day before the application.


  • you apply on 18.02.2021.
  • Bank statements from 18.11.2020 - 17.02.2021

2. Documents

Is it enough to submit the account balance from the end of the month?

No, we need an overview of all in- and outcome. The account balance says nothing about this. Please make sure that you add three full months of bank statements to your application.

Do I have to enter all of my accounts or is the current account sufficient?

All accounts are relevant. (Also include PayPal and similar accounts)

Can things be blacked out on the account statements?

No, because we must be able to understand that no money is transferred or withdrawn from any other accounts.

What is the self-declaration for a pandemic-related emergency?

Here you can write and attach everything that makes your situation so difficult.

3. Other

Does the income limit change if I have a child that I have to look after?

Yes, your financial situation will be examined individually. Please attach all documents for your children.

I have more questions, who can help me?

For any further questions please write an e-mail to coronahilfe@asta.hn

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