Until further notice, the counselling will take place via phone.
The AStA Social Counseling Service provides advice and information primarily about financial topics relevant for students and helps with problems with the respective institutions. We take into account the numerous special regulations for students and the interdependence of the individual fields of law.
Main areas of consulting
Everything concerning BAföG, e.g.
BAföG eligibility, also for students without German citizenship
Application in general
AuslandsBAföG (BAföG fur students studying abroad) – temporary or complete studies (or internships) abroad
Change of university, change of field of study, proof of suitability
How your assets and your income influences BAföG
Support beyond the standard period of study (Regelstudienzeit)
Maintenance and parent independent BAföG
BAföG repayment to the Federal Office of Administration or the KfW
Reclaim by the BAföG office – in case of overpayments
Supplementary benefits in exceptional cases such as housing subsidy, social security benefit, SGB II
Kindergeld (child benefit)
income, semester abroad, vacation semester (semester on leave), transition BA-MA
Study and work
income recognition in the individual legal areas
self-employment (rights and duties)
Questions about social security
Mini job rules, short-term employment, working student privilege
Pension insurance, unemployment insurance
Student health insurance – age limit and exceptions
Jobbing during the vacation semester (semester on leave) etc.
Rules after graduation/termination of studies
assistance for the completion of studies
Financial aid in emergency situations
Financial aid for students with children
The office hours are also offered during the lecture-free period. These are open office hours – you do not need an appointment. Please understand that you might need to wait for a little while if there are a lot of students. Please call back later if I am in the middle of a conversation. I am not available outside of office hours and consultation hours.