The Social Services Department

The social services department supports you regarding questions about study grants as well as social, financial and debt counselling. Through the student representation, several grants are available to you and our advisor will help you to get as much support as possible.


Simone Habringer

Sozial- und Diversitätsreferent*in
Ali Yilmaz

Ali Yilmaz

Sachbearbeiter*in Sozial- und Diversitätsreferat

Information on grants and exemptions

GIS (television and radio licence fee) Exemption

"In case of social and/or physical need for assistance, an exemption from the broadcasting fees can be applied for. But also the subsidy of the telephone fee (formerly exemption from the basic telephone fee) as well as the exemption from the green electricity flat rate is carried out via GIS” (see:


Who is entitled?

An exemption can be applied for if a person is entitled to study allowance, minimum income, care allowance, pension, unemployment benefit, benefits from other public funds, childcare allowance and if a person is deaf or severely hearing impaired. However, the net household income may not exceed the legally prescribed exemption reference rate (1 person: 1,018.55, 2 persons: 1,527.14 and each additional person: 157.16) (see:

Conditions of eligibility:

  • Applicant must be of legal age
  • Applicant may not be advanced to obtain the exemption
  • The exemption may only be granted for the applicant's home
  • It must be the main residence
  • The receiving equipment is located in living (see:

(Status: 09/19/2019)


Are you eligible? Here you can access the liberation calculator::

Libration Calculator

How can I request the exemption? Here you can find the application forms:

Application Forms

Exemption from prescription fees

Persons with health insurance must expect prescription fees if a prescription is used to obtain a medicine from a pharmacy. This fee amounts to EUR 6.10 (value 2019). However, certain persons can apply for an exemption.


Who is eligible?

If you are socially deprived, receive a pension with a compensatory allowance, have above-average expenses due to suffering and infirmity, notifiable communicable diseases, exceed the prescription fee ceiling or are doing community service, you can apply for a prescription fee exemption.

Entitlement to exemption from prescription fees upon application:

The application can be submitted directly to the health insurance company together with the current proof of income.

The exemption from prescription fees will be granted upon application if the net income of all persons living in the same household does not exceed the following rates:

Upon application to the health insurance company, the following are exempted

Persons whose monthly net income does not exceed the following limits:

  • € 933,06 for single persons or
  • € 1.398,97 for married couples or life partnerships
  • € 1.048,57 for single pensioners (at least 360 contribution months of compulsory insurance in the pension insurance)

You can find more information here

(Status: 09/29/2019)


Where can I find the application forms?

Request for prescription exemption

Online application form

Study Grants

The purpose of the study grants is to cover the part of the study costs which parents who are obliged to pay are not able to bear due to their income situation. The exact legal regulations of the study grants can be found in the Studienförderungsgesetz (StudFG 1992).

You can apply for the study subsidy via online application comfortably from home and independent of the opening hours. Alternatively, the forms are available for download at

In order to be reminded of such dates, please register with the ÖH-Reminder of the Federal Representation. There you will be informed by SMS after registration.

Who is entitled?

In principle, Austrian citizens and "equal foreigners and stateless persons" are entitled to study grants. You can find a more precise definition of "foreigners and stateless persons with equal status" on the website of the Study Grant Office.

Conditions of eligibility:

  • Ordinary studies at an Austrian University of Applied Sciences
  • Social eligibility
  • Presentation of a favorable study success
  • Not exceeding the planned study period (Unless one of the following reasons applies: illness, pregnancy, care and upbringing of a child within the first six years of life, disability, military, educational or civilian service or services under the Voluntary Service Act or in an unforeseen or unavoidable event)
  • Studies must have begun before the age of 30
  • No completion of an equivalent education in Germany or abroad (exceptions are made for short courses of study as well as doctoral and master's programs)
  • Adherence to the change regulations for students changing their studies

Depending on the application, the eligibility criteria will be evaluated and, based on this, a calculation of the applicant's study grant will be made.

Am I eligible? Here you can access the AK scholarship calculator.


Stipendienstelle Linz
Ferihumerstraße 15, 4040 Linz
Tel: +43 732/66 40 31-311
Tue to Thu (9 AM untill 12 PM)

Important: Please state your matriculation number, personal identification number or SV number when making inquiries!

(Status: 09/29/2019)


Study Grant Office

Housing Grants

The housing subsidy is a subsidy from the state of Upper Austria, which is paid monthly in the form of non-repayable grants for a period of one year and serves to reduce housing costs. The calculation of the housing subsidy is subject to complex factors and conditions, which are taken into account in individual cases by means of an application to the Federal State of Upper Austria.

Who is eligible?

  • Tenants of a subsidized apartment
  • Tenants of a non-subsidized apartment

Which requirements must be met?

  • The applicant for a housing subsidy must permanently occupy the subsidized apartment to satisfy his or her housing needs with a main residence.
  • The burden of housing expenses must be unreasonable
  • The applicant for housing grants must be an Austrian citizen or an "EEA citizen".
  • Non-EEA-citizens may only be granted a subsidy if they have their main residence in Austria for more than five years without interruption and lawfully, receive income subject to income tax in Austria, or have paid contributions to the social security system in Austria due to gainful employment and now receive benefits from this system, and have received the above-mentioned income or benefits for 54 months within the last five years and can provide evidence of German language skills.
  • Housing assistance can be granted for a period of one year from the date of application.
  • Other grants to reduce housing expenses to which the housing assistance applicant has a legal claim (e.g. rent assistance under the income tax act or housing cost assistance under the army fee act) reduce the entitlement to housing assistance.
  • Minimum income above the marginal earnings threshold
  • Students who do not receive a study allowance and cannot prove a minimum income can be granted a housing allowance reduced by 50 percent.

(Status: 09/29/2019)

Further information and the application form can be found here:

Housing Grants

Social fund of the federal ÖH

The social fund of the Federal ÖH is for all students who are in financial distress. Each calendar year a one-time financial support is paid out.

The financial hardship can be caused by:

  • Suddenly increased housing costs,
  • Costs for studies,
  • Expenses for care and support of own children,
  • Expenses for medical treatment,
  • or other emergency situations which have occurred through no fault of your own.


  • Social hardship in the sense of the Guidelines
  • No longer living with their parents
  • No student aid
  • Proof of sufficient study success

(Status: 09/29/2019)


Further information and the application form can be found here:

​Social fund of the federal ÖH

Social fund of the ÖH FH Oberösterreich

The social fund of the ÖH FH Oberösterreich  is for all students who are in financial distress. Each calendar year a one-time financial support is paid out.

The financial hardship can be caused by:

  • Suddenly increased housing costs,
  • Costs for studies,
  • Expenses for care and support of own children,
  • Expenses for medical treatment,
  • or other emergency situations which have occurred through no fault of your own.


  • Social hardship in the sense of the guidelines
  • No longer living with their parents
  • No student aid
  • Proof of sufficient study success

(Status: 09/29/2019)



ÖH FH Oberösterreich Covid-19 hardship fund

For the current crisis, we have set up a hardship fund to help students in a financial emergency situation triggered by the Corona crisis; this is not a permanent support.

The financial hardship may have been caused by:

  • The loss of your side job,
  • Costs for studies,
  • Expenses for care and support of own children,
  • Expenses for medical treatment,
  • or other emergency situations which have occurred through no fault of your own.

Further information and the application form can be found here:



Self-sustaining scholarship

All students who have already worked for at least 4 years before their studies can apply for a self-sustaining scholarship.

Conditions of eligibility:

  • Receipt of income for a minimum period of 4 years (48 months)
  • Income during this time must have been at least 8,580 € (gross minus social security) (periods of military service, training or civilian service or services under the Volunteer Act are considered periods of self-support; orphan's pension and apprenticeship periods can also be taken into account if the amount is appropriate)
  • Student must be within the age limit of 30 years. However, this age limit may increase if the student has been self-sustaining for more than four years. Each additional year of self-sustenance thus means an increase of the age limit by one year. This is possible up to a maximum of 35 years of age.
  • Presentation of proof of study success

(Status: 09/29/2019)


Scholarship Office

Performance Scholarship

Performance scholarships are intended for students and graduates (whose degree was awarded no more than two semesters ago) who - measured against the study regulations - have or have had excellent academic performance (= average grade of 2.0 or better). Performance scholarships can be applied for at the respective university. If the scholarship is advertised, you will receive information from the university via e-mail.

The student must fulfill the requirements for the study grant, except for social eligibility. The grants range between 700 and 1,500 euros, but there is NO legal entitlement to this grant. Payment of the scholarship for the respective academic year will be made in autumn.

(Status: 29/09/2019)

Private Scholarships

The Austrian Database for Scholarships and Research Funding is the most comprehensive online database of its kind in Austria for all scientific fields. It offers funding for students, graduates and researchers within Austria, as well as incoming (to Austria) and outgoing- (from Austria to ...) scholarships. Furthermore, grants, awards, and research funding can also be found.

The information includes details on the conditions for submission (deadline and place of submission) as well as information on the duration, contingent and financing of the respective funding.

The permanent maintenance of the database is carried out by the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD) or directly by the scholarship and funding agencies, which guarantees that the data is always up to date. This database is funded by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research and the EU.


Psychosocial support services

Sometimes studying can also become a burden. A large proportion of students have to deal with psychological problems during their studies, but only very few of them take advantage of help. There are some offers that you can access for free and confidentially.


Foreign grants

For all those who already receive a study grant, the opportunity to apply for a foreign grant is available. This is paid out for a stay abroad of one to 20 months in addition to the study grant. The amount of the foreign grant depends on the respective living and study costs in the host country. A maximum of 582€ per month can be paid out additionally. The application must be submitted no later than three months after the study abroad.


(Status: 12/09/2017)


Scholarship Office

Mobility Scholarship

A mobility scholarship can be obtained if studies are completed in the EEA area or Switzerland. The scholarship will only be paid out in the first year after a minimum of 15 ECTS points have been earned. Starting in the second year, a favorable study success from the previous studies must be proven.

Important! Every year a new application must be submitted!

Conditions of eligibility:

  • The study program must be completed at a recognized university, university of applied sciences or university of education
  • At least five years uninterrupted stay in Austria
  • You have not yet completed your studies (exception: after completing a Bachelor's degree, you can apply for a mobility scholarship for the subsequent Master's degree)
  •  It is not allowed to study in Austria or receive any other financial support at the same time
  • Social eligibility

The maximum monthly study grant is 841€ and serves as a basis for the calculation of the final mobility scholarship.

(Status: 09/29/2019)



Support for stays abroad of 3 to 12 months per study cycle is possible with Erasmus+. It is also possible to combine several stays abroad as long as the total length of one year is not exceeded. You might receive between 300€ to 350€ per month for the duration of the stay.

You need more information or support for your stay abroad? The International Office of the FH Oberösterreich is happy to help you.

International Office Hagenberg

International Office Linz

International Office Steyr

International Office Wels

(Status: 12/09/2017)




The Federal Representation of the Austrian National Union of Students (Federal ÖH) offers the project "ÖH-Helpline" in cooperation with the “Verein für Psychotherapie”. You can reach us during consultation hours at +43/1/585 33 33.

Consulting hours of the ÖH-Helpline:

Monday: 15:00-18:00

Wednesday: 16:00-18:00

Thursday: 16:00-18:00

Student Counseling


Psychological Student Counseling Linz
Altenbergerstrasse 69, 4040 Linz
University fund building, 1st floor

In urgent cases please contact the following offices:

Crisis Aid Upper Austria

You can find more information here.
Phone: 0732 – 2177

Online crisis consulting

Telephone Pastoral Care Upper Austria
Emergency call 142 (available around the clock)

Women's Helpline
Phone: 0800 - 222 555

Neuromed Campus (former LNK Wagner-Jauregg)
Phone: 05 - 7680 87 – 0


Further information centers:

Center for Protection against Violence Upper Austria
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri 9 - 13 hours, Tue and Thu 9 - 20 hours
Appointment after arrangement
Phone: 0732 / 60 77 60  |


POINT advice center for addiction questions
Figulystraße 32
4020 Linz

Mon: 10.00 - 14.00 hours
Tue: 13.00 - 17.00 hours
Thu: 13.00 - 17.00 hrs
Fri: 10.00 - 14.00 hrs

Tel: 0732/77 08 950 |


Autonomous Women's Center Linz
Starhembergstraße 10, Ecke Mozartstraße, 2nd floor
4020 Linz

Our opening hours:
Mon to Th: 08:00 - 16:00
Fri: 08:00 - 13:00

Availability by telephone:
Mon to Fri: 09:00 - 12:00
Mon and Thu: 13:00 - 16:00

Phone:  0732/60 22 00 |



Men's counseling
Bürgerstraße 6
4020 Linz
Phone: 0732 7720 53 300 |

Opening hours:
Mon, Tue, Thu: 8-12 and 13-16
Wed, Fri: 8-12

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(Status: 09/29/2019)

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