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Housing benefit / Wohngeld

The state pays housing benefit to people whose income is insufficient to cover the cost of appropriate housing. It is irrelevant whether the home is in a modern or an older building, publicly or privately owned. Housing benefit is a state subsidy and does not have to be paid back.

Students are only entitled to claim housing benefit in exceptional cases, i.e. if one of the people in the community of dependence is not entitled to BAföG payments, for example,

  • if the maximum period of the BAföG grant has been exceeded;
  • if the student is no longer entitled to a BAföG grant (e.g. because of a change of discipline);
  • if the required evidence of achievement in accordance with BAföG rules has not been provided;
  • if students have children.
If the student himself/herself is in receipt of a BAföG grant, the rent allowance in the BAföG is considered as income. The amount of housing benefit depends on the number of people in the family, the level of the family income (including BAföG) and the amount of rent to be paid.

Information sheet for students

Students with a student residence permit who apply for housing benefit risk negative consequences if they want an extension of their residence permit.

For the city area and the district of Giessen applications should be submitted to:

Kreisausschuss des Landkreises

Fachdienst Soziales und Senioren - Team 3 - Wohngeldbehörde
Riversplatz 1-9
D-35394 Gießen
Phone 0641 9390-0

Building A

Consultion times:
Mon - Thu 08.00-16.00
Fri 08.00-14.00

For Friedberg applications should be submitted to:

Stadtverwaltung Friedberg

Amt für soziale und kulturelle Dienste und Angelegenheiten - Wohngeldstelle
Mainzer-Tor-Anlage 6
D-61169 Friedberg
Phone 06031 88-239
Phone 06031 88-240

Consultation times:
Mon - Thu 08.00 – 12.30
Tue 16.00 – 18.00
Fri 08.00 – 12.00


For the city area of Fulda applications should be submitted to:

Servicestelle Soziales Fulda

Bonifatiusplatz 1 + 3
D-36037 Fulda
Phone 0661 102-1504

For the district of Fulda applications should be submitted to:

Landkreis Fulda

- Jugend, Familie, Sport, Ehrenamt -
Wörthstr. 15
D-36037 Fulda
Phone 0661 6006-492
Phone 0661 6060-203
Fax 0661 6006-412

Consultation times:
Mon, Tue, Thu 08.30 – 15.30
Wed, Fri 08.30 – 12.30

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