Student Consulting BAföG & Social Affairs (StuBS)

Our StuBS is a student counselling service financed by the student body. Catja is always available to answer your questions about studying.

Beratungszeiten in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit

Wo und Wann?

  • Dienstag 9 – 11 Uhr in room OSL 054 and via Webex
  • Thursday 9-11am über Webex
  • Für den Webex-Beratungsraum einfach here .
  • or just write your questions at any time to soziales@uni-flensburg.de. You will also receive detailed answers on Tuesday and Thursday.

An overview of the consulting topics with initial information can be found below.

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Contact

Further information

  • The consultations are introductory information and do not replace legal advice. They are subject to confidentiality and can be conducted anonymously.

The student telephone counselling service is available daily from 8 p.m. to midnight. (040) 411 70 411. The service is aimed at ALL - regardless of denomination or ideology.

 

Our StuBS advises on the following topics:

Advice from application to funding beyond the maximum funding period.

All first-year students should still submit their funding application in the first month of lectures. This is because BAföG is only paid retroactively from the month in which the application is submitted. You can find more information on submitting an application below.

  • Application
  • Receipt of benefits
  • Form 5
  • Maximum funding period

Our Social Counselling of the AStA always answers questions about BAföG Tuesday 9-10am and 1-2pm and Thursday 9-11am. The counselling service is independent of the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein.

Links for downloading forms and initial information on BAföG can be found below.

Application
The application may also be submitted in full online .

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The forms for the BAföG application can be obtained from the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein in the offices or online to print out yourself or on www.bafög.de.

Paper applications can be sent by post to the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein Amt für Ausbildungsförderung Telekom-Gebäude Eckernförder Landstraße 65 24941 Flensburg or handed in personally. In the case of personal delivery, receipt should be confirmed on a (self-made) receipt!

1. BAföG application
Bei Aufnahme des Studiums sollte der erste Antrag bis zum Ende des ersten (!) Monats, in dem die Vorlesungen beginnen, gestellt werden!

Follow-up applications
As a rule, BAföG funding is granted for a period of 12 months (the BAföG decision states the period of approval (BWZ) in the upper part of the decision). The BAföG Office usually needs 3 months to process the decision. In order to ensure continuous BAföG payments, subsequent applications should therefore be submitted 3 months before the end of the current period!

Application for BAföG

Information on how to apply, which forms and which documents the BAföG Office requires, can be found clearly on the pages of the Studentenwerk SH.

Form 5
Form 5 (proof of suitability BAföG § 48) must be submitted to the BAföG Office after the 4th subject semester. The University of Flensburg has specified responsible persons and modalities for this purpose.

You can get detailed information on BAföG in a personal consultation and introductory information as a PDF: Overview BAföG

In the Higher Education Law for Schleswig-Holstein it is determined that the spring semester 2020, autumn semester 2020/21, spring semester 2021 and autumn semester 2021/22 are not counted as subject semesters. For BAföG, this means that the funding period can be extended. If you have any questions, please contact the BAföG office or write an email to the StuBS.

Current information from the Studentenwerk S-H about the topic Corona

All consultations are subject to confidentiality and can be conducted anonymously.
The consultations are introductory information and do not replace legal advice from a lawyer.

Open office hours for personal counselling Counselling service StuBS

No way in sight? Bring light into the darkness in a personal consultation.

Due to the demands of everyday life, 'humans' can easily stumble and lose their footing. Silence can intensify the feeling of being at the mercy of others. The AStA's psychosocial counselling service offers support in a personal conversation.
Examples:

  • The organisation of work in studies needs new impulses ...
  • The red thread gets lost in the exam preparation ...
  • Everyday life and studies are always on a collision course ...
  • Psychological stressful situations become overwhelming (losses, assaults of any kind, helplessness)

All counselling sessions are subject to confidentiality and can also be conducted anonymously.

The counselling sessions are introductory information and do not replace psychotherapeutic counselling.

Info sheet Psychosocial Counselling as PDF.

Open office hours for personal counselling StuBS advisory service

Here is a hint for immediate help:

telephone counselling service

The offer is directed at everyone - regardless of denomination or ideology. All callers can rest assured that their concerns will be treated confidentially and anonymously. The topics of the calls range from university and relationship stress to acute life crises. The ESG Hamburg student telephone counselling service can be reached daily from 8 p.m. to midnight at:

(040) 411 70 411

For all those who work while studying, there are a number of things to consider, including insurance and BAföG.

There are different types of employment. Here are some examples:

Working student regulation: An assessment as a working student ("Werkstudent") can be made if the focus is on studies and the employment is regularly performed for no more than 20 hours per week.

Marginal employment: Possible for income below € 520 per month

Short-term employment: Temporary activities, maximum three months or 70 working days in a calendar year with regular more than 20 hours per week.

Employment subject to compulsory insurance: If the temporal scope of the working student regulation is exceeded and more than 20 hours per week are worked in total for more than 26 weeks in the calendar year.

Self-Employment: Some typical student jobs are handled in this way, and you receive a fee instead of a salary (e.g. at events). In this type of employment, it is important for the health insurance companies to note that the studies are the main focus and that the self-employed or commercial activity is not considered "professional", because then the voluntary health insurance for self-employed persons would come into play. Secondly, self-employed persons are obliged to submit an income tax return. For tax purposes and for BAföG (income limit differs; see below!), only the profit is of interest, i.e. the amount that results after deducting all operating costs (collect receipts!).

For specific questions on the topics of self-employment and starting a business , the Dock1start-up support of the European University Flensburg and the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences is available. Dock1 advises free of charge in the Audimax or digitally on topics such as start-up grants, financing, business plan, marketing, idea generation and much more. Appointments can be made at the following address: dock1@venturewaerft.com.

Those who work while studying should in any case observe the income limits so that other benefits are not reduced or cancelled.

Who receives BAföG may earn additional income within fixed tax-free allowances. If the tax-free amounts are exceeded, the BAföG is reduced proportionally. The BAföG Office must always be informed of any changes in income, otherwise there is a risk of a claim for repayment. There are additional allowances for children and spouses (taking into account their own income) of the trainees.

  • In the case of non-self-employed work within the approval period (term of the BAföG decision) € 6,251.04 in total (incl. flat-rate income-related expenses of € 1,200 and flat-rate social allowance of 21.6 %; monthly average approx. € 520; a mini-job is therefore not taken into account).
  • Income from self-employment is calculated separately. Here, too, a maximum of € 330 per month is exempt from tax. The decisive factor is the operating profit, i.e. the surplus of income over expenditure. The expenses also include taxes and a social lump sum of 21.6 %. One problem with the calculation: the allowance period does not correspond to the tax assessment period (usually the calendar year).
  • The allowances do not apply to practical semesters and prescribed internships.

In the case of family insurance in health insurance for people who are in training and under 25 years of age or as a spouse, a limit of € 520 per month applies to income imputation . Short-term employment with higher income than 520 € per month is possible (the health insurance funds can provide information here).

Part-time employment (which also includes marginal employment) is also subject to employee rights such as:

  • Holiday entitlement
  • Continued payment of remuneration in the event of illness
  • Entitlement to special payments (Attention: Under certain circumstances, special payments may cause the marginal earnings threshold to be exceeded or be offset against benefits under the BAföG).
  • Coverage under the statutory accident insurance scheme

Use the open office hours for a personal consultation. advisory service StuBS

The consultations are introductory information and do not replace legal advice from a lawyer. The counselling sessions are subject to confidentiality and can be conducted anonymously.

Possibilities for disadvantage compensation in case of illness, chronic disease or disability.

Illness and study
In the course of studies, a disadvantage compensation can be claimed for a temporary illness if the completion of study and examination achievements is only possible to a limited extent. The illness must be proven by a medical certificate.

In the BAföG, disadvantage compensation is possible for a chronic illness that leads to a limited ability to study and results in a delay in studies (funding beyond the maximum funding period). In the BAföG, it is essential to observe the regulations on a complete inability to study for longer than 3 months.
You can get detailed information on temporary illness in your studies and BAföG in a personal consultation. Introductory information: Info sheet disease

Chronic illness and study
In the study programme, the special needs of students with a chronic illness are addressed through various disadvantage compensations. Counselling offers an overview of the possibilities.

The contact person at the university is the Diversity Officer at the EUF.

In the BAföG, disadvantage compensation is possible for a chronic illness that leads to a limited ability to study and results in a delay in studies (funding beyond the maximum funding period). In the BAföG, it is essential to observe the regulations on a complete inability to study for longer than 3 months.

Detailed information on studying with a chronic illness and BAföG is available in a personal consultation. Introductory information on a chronic illness: Info sheet disease

Studing with disability
In the study programme, the special needs of students with a recognised disability are taken into account. Depending on the specific limitations, the requirements for everyday study and examinations can be modified. Depending on the type of health restriction, it must be clarified in the specific case which modification is appropriate. Counselling offers an overview of the possibilities.

The contact person at the university is the Diversity Officer at the EUF.

In the BAföG, disadvantage compensation is possible for a chronic illness that leads to a limited ability to study and results in a delay in studies (funding beyond the maximum funding period). In the BAföG, it is essential to observe the regulations on a complete inability to study for longer than 3 months.
You can get detailed information on studying with a disability and BAföG in a personal consultation. Introductory information: Info sheet disability

The counselling sessions are subject to confidentiality and can be conducted anonymously.

The consultations are introductory information and do not replace legal advice from a lawyer.

Use the open office hours for a personal consultation. StuBS advisory service

We would like to inform you about the possibilities for disadvantage compensation for child rearing and pregnancy.

Pregnancy
While studying, the legal regulations that apply in professional life (e.g. maternity protection, parental leave, ...) essentially apply to pregnancy. In a personal consultation, the StuBS offers an overview of the possibilities for disadvantage compensation at the EUF (e.g. in the case of health problems, ...) for students who become pregnant during their studies.

For the implementation of disadvantage compensation at the university, the Family Office Contact person for pregnant students.

Under BAföG, students who have health problems during pregnancy have the opportunity to compensate for this disadvantage (funding beyond the maximum funding period).

You can get detailed information for pregnant students in a personal consultation. Introductory information: Pregnancy info sheet

Children's education
In the study programme, the special needs of students with child(ren) under the age of 14 are addressed (including priority registration for seminars, modification of services, ...).

For the implementation of disadvantage compensation at the university, the Family Office Ansprechpartner:in.

Various modalities are anchored in the BAföG for students who live in a household with children up to the age of 10 (e.g. the childcare allowance, appropriate funding beyond the maximum funding limit, income tax allowances, ...).

You can get detailed information for students with children in a personal consultation. Introductory information: Info sheet children

On the website of the Studentenwerk SH you can find a Brochure on 'Studying with a child'.

The counselling sessions are subject to confidentiality and can be conducted anonymously.

The consultations are introductory information and do not replace legal advice from a lawyer.

Use the open office hours for a personal consultation. StuBS advisory service

Studying is already full of challenges. Adding to that the care of a close relative and it becomes no easier to meet all the demands. The psychological stress caused by the caregiving tasks should not be underestimated.

Students who care for relatives in a domestic environment (relatives within the meaning of § 7 paragraph 3 of the Nursing Time Act and with at least a nursing degree 3 classified according to §§ 14 and 15 of Book 11 of the Social Code) are entitled to funding in the BAföG beyond the maximum funding period. A submission extension for the benefit certificate according to § 48 BAföG (Form 5) can also be applied for.

The special needs of students who care for close relatives with a degree of care can also be recognised for study and examination achievements. It is possible to apply for disadvantage compensation.

Information by the EUF on studying and caring for relatives can be found on the university's homepage at the Family Office in the Equal Opportunities Department.

If you have questions about studying and caring for family members, please use the counselling service. Counselling is subject to confidentiality.

Introductory information: Info sheet care for relatives

Use the open office hours for a personal consultation. StuBS advisory service.