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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.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion:

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!

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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