Study Start-Up aid "StudiumThüringenPlus"

The "StudiumThüringenPlus" study start-up aid is a one-time support amounting to €500 for freshmen in financial need before the start of their studies in the first university semester, available from the summer semester 2021 to the winter semester 2024/2025. The "StudiumThüringenPlus" study start-up aid intends to ease the start into studies.

The "StudiumThüringenPlus" start-up grant is awarded to financially needy freshmen who have been admitted to a state or state-recognised university in Thuringia for the first time to study on campus. Accordingly, higher semesters or Master's degree courses started at a Thuringian state or state-recognised university are not eligible for funding.

The study start-up grant may only be used for necessary expenses directly related to the start of studies. Proof of financial need must be provided in the form of an application for educational support under the BAföG or, in the case of foreign first-year students not entitled to BAföG, by means of a self-declaration of income and financial circumstances; the relevant provisions of the BAföG serve as a guide when assessing need. If, following the provision of funds from this program, the student does not enroll in a presence course of study at a Thuringian state or state-recognised university, if the need cannot be confirmed or if the student exmatriculates in the first semester, the support must be repaid within 5 months.

Applications must be submitted prior to the start of studies by the deadline of

  • latest 25th March 2025 for the upcoming summer semester 2024 and
  • 15th September 2024 for the upcoming winter semester 2024/2025.

Applications are only to be submitted to Please use the application form. Please sign it by hand (no computerized signature).
Applications received by other ways will not be processed.

You can find information about "StudiumThüringenPlus" here.

The following documents must be attached to the application, which must be submitted in full to the Studierendenwerk Thüringen (attachments included in the application):

  • Fully completed application for "StudiumThüringenPlus" study start-up aid
  • Copy of identity card, passport or residence permit (front and back)
  • Copy of the letter of admission from the Thuringian state or state-recognised university
  • Qualified self-disclosure (Annex 1) on income and financial circumstances (only for international students not entitled to BAföG)
  • Repayment agreement (Annex 2) and SEPA direct debit mandate (Annex 3), in the event of an unauthorized claim for repayment

Please refer to the guidelines for more information. You are welcome to contact our staff at the General Social Counseling Service (

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