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BAföG is the abbreviation for Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz. BAföG is the colloquial term for the funding you can receive under this law. You receive this support to finance
- your school attendance or
- under certain conditions, a prescribed internship within the framework of your school attendance.
In order to receive the monthly grant, you must meet a number of requirements. The most important are:
Your parents and/or spouse/domestic partner do not have a higher income.
- You yourself have no income or only a low income, for example from a "mini-job".
- Your assets are below the exemption amount of EUR 15,000 up to the age of 30 or EUR 45,000 from the age of 30 or only slightly above.
- You are aiming for your school-leaving qualification full-time.
- Age limit: completion of the 45th year of life (exceptions are possible).
The amount of your BAföG is based on a fixed monthly need. Money is deducted from this requirement if your parents, your spouse/life partner or you yourself earn a little more.
As a student, you receive the financial support as a grant. You do not have to pay anything back.
In principle, if you want to obtain a vocational qualification or a secondary school diploma, you can receive BAföG. However, if you attend a general education school, this only applies from grade 10 and also only if you cannot live at home (for example, because you cannot complete the desired degree nearby).
The monthly requirement for students is:
- If you live with your parents:
- EUR 421, if you attend a technical school class, the attendance of which requires completed vocational training, an evening high school or a college,
- EUR 262 if you attend a vocational school or a technical school that you can attend without having completed vocational training, or
- EUR 474, if you attend an evening secondary school, vocational upgrading school, evening secondary school or specialized secondary school which you can only attend if you have completed vocational training.
- If you do not live with your parents:
- A total of EUR 632 if you attend a secondary general school, a vocational college, or a specialized upper secondary school that you can attend without having completed vocational training, or
- A total of EUR 736 if you attend an evening general school, a vocational college, an evening real school or a specialized secondary school that you can only attend if you have completed vocational training.
- If you have a child younger than 14 living in your household, you will also receive a childcare allowance: EUR 160 for each child.
You can also receive BAföG if you spend a year abroad during your school years. In the case of a stay abroad, supplements to the travel costs for the outward and return journey are granted.
The following amounts are taken into account, i.e. they reduce your BAföG requirement:
- The income of your parents and/or your spouse/life partner in the penultimate year before the start of the grant period, if it is above the tax-free amount. The tax-free amount is:
- EUR 2,415 if your parents live together,
- EUR 1,605 per parent if your parents live separately, and
- EUR 1,605 for a possible spouse/life partner.
- of the parental income determined in this way, a further 50% - and an additional 5% for each sibling in non-eligible education - remains exempt from imputation.
- Note: If your parents or your spouse/life partner currently earn significantly less than in the year before the last year before approval, you can apply for an update.
- BAföG independent of parents: Your parents' income will not be taken into account if you
- were gainfully employed for five years after reaching the age of 18, or
- have completed a three-year training program and have been gainfully employed for at least three years thereafter (if you have completed a shorter training program, you will be gainfully employed for a correspondingly longer period).
- In certain exceptional cases, if you are over 30 years of age when you start training
- Your own income, if it is more than EUR 520 per month.
- Your own assets, if they exceed EUR 15,000 until you reach the age of 30 or EUR 45,000 after you reach the age of 30.
Note: The starting point for calculating income is always the sum of positive income. In the case of training assistance law, this is the gross income less the
- income-related expenses,
- social lump sum and the
- taxes actually paid, including church tax and solidarity surcharge.
Child benefit that your parents receive for you is not counted.
If you attend an evening school or college, you will receive BAföG independent of your parents. This means that your parents' income is not taken into account in the calculation.
BAföG can only support internships that you complete while you are in an education that is eligible for support under BAföG.
Only mandatory internships are eligible for funding. These are internships that are prescribed by your training plan, i.e. that you have to do in order to complete or carry out the training. Compulsory internships that are completed outside the EU are only eligible for funding if they last at least 12 weeks. Compulsory internships within EU member states can also be funded if they are shorter than 12 weeks.
If you would like to apply for BAföG for your school education online:
- Register with BAföG Digital and create a "simple" user account.
- Fill in the form data fields online using the application wizard and send your data electronically to the relevant office.
- As an alternative to creating a user account at BAföG Digital, you can also register using the online ID function of your ID card.
If you would like to submit the application in paper form:
- Go to the BAföG website and download the application forms that concern you. Alternatively, you can also pick up the applications at your responsible municipal office for educational support.
- You can fill out the forms on the computer and print them out, or print them out and fill them out by hand. You must fill in your name at the end of the application form.
- Attach the necessary supporting documents.
- Send the completed application forms with the supporting documents directly to your local Office of Student Financial Aid.
The Office for Educational Support will check the documents for completeness. If documents are missing, they will be requested. If the application is complete, it will be checked and the decision will be communicated by notice.
Who should I contact?
Office for Educational Support in the Districts and Independent Cities.
- You attend one of the following types of school as a student or trainee:
- secondary general school and vocational school (including classes of all forms of basic vocational training) from grade 10 if you cannot live with your parents because of your training,
- technical and vocational secondary school class (without completed vocational training), if you cannot live with your parents,
- vocational school class or technical school class (without completed vocational training), if it provides a vocational qualification in a course of education lasting at least two years,
- technical and vocational secondary school class (with completed vocational training),
- evening secondary school, vocational upgrading school, evening secondary school, evening grammar school and college, or
- higher technical school or academy that confers a degree that is not equivalent to a university degree under state law,
- you attend the school full time.
- You are a foreigner and, for example:
- hold a permanent residence permit or a settlement permit,
- you are a citizen of the Union and are entitled to freedom of movement under Union law as an employee or self-employed person, or are entitled to freedom of movement yourself as the child or spouse of such a citizen of the Union,
- have prospects of remaining in Germany, for example a corresponding residence title for family, humanitarian or political reasons, or
- have already resided in Germany for 5 years or more prior to the start of the training and have worked during this time.
Since the legal regulations are very complex, you should contact your responsible office for educational support at an early stage.
You will receive BAföG for the internship, provided that it is required by the education regulations and, in the case of an internship outside the EU, lasts at least 12 weeks. In the case of internships abroad within the EU, shorter internships can also be funded.
Which documents are required?
- Completed application
- Certificate from school or educational institution
- If applicable, copy of the
- identity card,
- passport or
- current residence permit
- If you do not live with your parents Copy
- of the rental contract or
- of the registration certificate
- If you are not covered by family insurance: Proof of health and long-term care insurance with legal basis and contribution amount.
- If applicable, proof of own income during the period of approval, for example
- Wage statement, part-time job, contract for work,
- Orphan's pension certificate,
- Scholarship notification or
- Riester pension certificate
- Proof of assets or debts on the day of application, for example bank statement
- If you have a car:
- Estimate of value, for example, printout from a website with a comparable offer, and
- motor vehicle registration certificate.
Depending on the case, further documents may be required. Please follow the instructions in the application forms. The BAföG office responsible for you will request any missing documents.
What are the fees?
There are no costs involved.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
There is no deadline, but BAföG will only be granted from the start of training, at the earliest, however, from the month in which you submit your application. Submit your application as completely as possible, then a decision on your application can usually be made quickly.
If, on presentation of the complete documents
- the required findings cannot be made by the Office within 6 calendar weeks, or
- payments cannot be made within 10 calendar weeks,
the Office shall make an advance payment up to the amount of four-fifths of the estimated monthly needs.
- As a rule, objection
- Action before the administrative court
Applications / forms
Forms available: Yes
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes
What else should I know?
There are the following notices:
- False or incomplete information or failure to report changes may be prosecuted or punished as an administrative offense with a fine. Any amounts wrongly paid may be recovered.
- You must notify the Office of Training in writing without delay of any change in your economic situation or family and educational circumstances. This includes, for example, if your income changes, if you change, discontinue or terminate your education, or if your siblings do so.
- If the preconditions are met, the information provided on income earned or assets can be checked by comparing data at the relevant offices.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
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