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FZS response to the new financial aid
The student federal representation fzs criticizes education minister Karliczek sharply. The “emergency aid fund” for students, which she presented, was not to be outdone and hardly helped students. For 20 June, the association, together with student representatives from all over Germany, is calling for a demonstration in Berlin, which should begin at 2:00 p.m. at the main train station.
“Starting tomorrow, students can apply for the so-called emergency aid fund from the federal government — three months in which countless students have had to drop out of their studies to gain access to basic security,” said Amanda Steinmaus from the board of the fzs. “The fund is just a joke : For example, if you only have € 400 in your account, you will be given a hundred for consolation. That doesn’t help anyone. ”
If you have zero euros in your account, you get a full 500 euros. “Even with this small amount of funding, the aid budget is only enough for a few students. If 66,666 students receive € 500 for three months, the pot is empty. A representative survey showed that one million students have serious financial problems in the corona crisis, “points out Jacob Bühler, also a member of the fzs board.
“Only twelve percent of students receive BAföG. Therefore, there were actually 900 million euros left in the corresponding household pot. This money should benefit the students. Where did it go Mr. Scholz as Minister of Finance has to answer this, “adds Sebastian Zachrau from the fzs board.
The German Student Union (DSW) announced at the press conference that the processing of emergency aid applications only took place on June 25th. could start because the back end of the IT tool was not yet finished. Payments can therefore only be expected to start at the end of June. From the beginning of the crisis, the DSW and other organizations had pointed out that an entirely new application mechanism would be time-consuming. Again and again, an opening of the BAföG was suggested, which, according to the fzs, should be repayment-free. Despite the concerns, Minister Karliczek had opted for a combination of the unpopular KfW loan and the emergency aid fund that was starting with a long delay.
Loans to finance your studies generally harm educational equality. Here you will find our individual criticisms of the loan, which Ms Karliczek recommends:
TOO LESS: Those who choose the loan can only receive up to € 650 a month. You can hardly live from this anywhere!
· TOO RESTRICTED: A large number of students are excluded from the credit right from the start! (Different than Ms. Karliczek claims in her latest interview!)
· TOO HIGH INTEREST: The loan announced as interest-free will bring high interest from next year, which can be up to € 3,500!
· TOO RIGID: Repayment of the loan often has to start while you are still studying — this will result in dropouts!
· TOO INJUSTICE: If you don’t have rich parents who can step in if you have any doubts, you can’t get a loan like that — it’s not educational justice!
Our criticism of the mini emergency aid fund:
· TOO SMALL: The emergency aid fund, at 100 million euros, is far too small to help one million students — it only makes 100 euros per person!
TOO LOW: Students can only receive up to € 500 per month — you can’t live on that!
· TOO LATE: The crisis started in March, soon it is July — students without reserves and rich parents have already had to drop out of college!
· TOO RESTRICTIVE: Only those who have less than € 500 in their accounts receive money — for many this is already the rent!
· SHORT: The fund only covers the months of June, July and August — the crisis started earlier and will not be over until then!
· TOO OFFICE-FRIENDLY: Help has to be requested every month and the corona-related concern must be proven!
- open petition für ein solidarisches semester in Jena
- kann — semester petition from students in munich
- university professors and workers on their claims for a neutral term
- senate and president of frankfurt university stepping up for student claims and representing them on a state and federal level
- FU Berlin steps up for students and makes sure everyone who can will be able to study; but the term will not be counted officially so as to create no further problems for students who are already struggling during the crisis
- the state of nordrhein-westfalen decided that the summer term 2020 will not be counted as a regular term
- a telegram channel with Infos on studies and corona on federal level in english
- Telegram-Kanal mit Infos zu Studium und Corona auf Bundesebene
- FINANCIAL AID: Loans for (international) students in Thuringia / Studierendenkredite in Thüringen
- and again a comprehensive FAQ (also availble in english!)
- infos of the federal international students in germany association
- negotiating summer term 2020 is a democratic process, laws and regulations can be changed within a democratic framework as exists in germany and there are different suggestions- news on tagesschau from 20th of april 2020
- german students in financial distress applying for hartz4 will have to repay the social support they receive during the crisis
- pluralistische Hochschulgruppe Jena
This is a graphic based on data of RKI on the website of the state government of thuringia related to covid. the number of unreported cases is unknown.
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