With BAföG, you can partly finance your studies. The many forms may seem overwhelming at first and you may ask yourself if the application is worth the trouble. But if you look closer, you will easily see the advantages of BAföG! A secure way of funding will make it easier for you to concentrate on your studies.
What is Bafög?
Everyone should have the possibility to get an education that matches their inclinations and skills – even if the financial means of their parents are not sufficient. Because of this, the Federal Republic of Germany supports students and apprentices with financial services according to the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz or BAföG).
Frequently asked questions
Who gets BAföG?
German students can apply for BAföG, but under certain circumstances, foreign students can receive benefits too. Education systems eligible for benefits are schools, vocational schools, universities, universities of applied sciences, academies and colleges. The Studierendenwerk is only responsible for the funding of students.
When should I file my first application?
Immediately after your admission or enrolment at your university! If the application is approved, you will get BAföG beginning the month of the start of your education – but at the earliest in the month of your application.
Which forms do I need?
You can apply with a “quick application” (Kurzantrag) first in order to keep the deadline. All further forms you find here. You can also make the application online. If you have a De-Mail-address, you can also send it online. Please note that the De-Mail-address is not a normal mail address, you need a special De-Mail-account, Info here.
How much BAföG can I get?
The amount of the BAföG-funding depends on the student’s earnings and assets as well as the earnings of his or her parents, spouse or registered partner. The maximum amount is as follows: If you still live with your parents it’s 537 Euros, otherwise it’s 735 Euros.
When will the first payment arrive?
Please allow for eight weeks before the first payment will arrive after you have handed in the complete forms and documents. At busy times during the start of the semester it might take longer. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.
For how long will I get BAföG?
The maximum duration of support is determined by the standard period of study in the subject field, independently of whether you actually received BAföG services for the total period of time in your education or training. The maximum duration of support is also stated in your grant approval.
Is there an age limit?
Educational support can be granted if you have not yet turned 30 at the beginning of the period of education (35 for Master’s courses). In exceptional cases, e.g. if you are raising children under ten years, you can receive support later than this.
What if I change my field of study?
If you change your field of study before the beginning of the fourth semester, you are still eligible for support if the change is for “important reasons”. In the first two semesters, the law usually assumes there are “important reasons”, after the beginning of the third semester you must give reasons for the change. Please seek information from us before changing so you do not lose your entitlement to support.
When do I have to repeat the application for support?
In general, educational support is provided per year. Thereafter the application for support must be repeated. If made in full at the latest two (better three) months before the old approval period ends, your BAföG payments can continue without interruption.