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Apply for vocational training allowance

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Service Description

The vocational training allowance (BAB) helps you cover your living costs if you cannot live with your parents during your training. This may be the case, for example, if your training place is too far away from your parents' home or if you already have your own family and household.

As a rule, you can only receive the vocational training allowance for your first training. In exceptional cases and under strict conditions, however, you can also receive the vocational training allowance for your second training, even if you have already completed your first training. You can also receive vocational training assistance for vocational preparation measures (BvB) and in the preliminary phase of assisted training (AsA).

If your application is approved, you will receive the vocational training allowance

  • in the case of vocational training: for 18 months
  • for other educational measures: for 12 months

After that, your vocational training allowance can be extended, provided your training or measure has not yet ended. You can also receive the vocational training allowance for shorter periods.

It does not matter whether you are undergoing in-company or external vocational training. The only important thing is that it is a recognized training occupation. Vocational training in accordance with Part 2 of the Nursing Professions Act is eligible for funding if it is carried out in a company. In principle, training abroad can also be supported with the vocational training allowance, but there are additional requirements for this.

Aid for school-based vocational preparation measures cannot be granted.

How much the BAB will be in your case depends on your income, because this will be counted towards the BAB. You can even work a mini-job alongside your training without this mini-job being counted towards your BAB.

Your parents' income will only be counted if it exceeds certain allowances. This also applies to the income of the person to whom you are married or in a civil partnership. If you are taking part in a vocational preparation training measure, no income is usually taken into account.

The vocational training allowance is paid monthly in arrears. If you are not entitled to vocational training allowance for the full month, you will receive one thirtieth of the monthly amount for each calendar day.

If you interrupt your training due to illness, you will continue to receive vocational training allowance until the end of the third calendar month following the onset of the illness, at most as long as the training relationship continues. The day of the illness counts towards this three-month period.

The vocational training allowance is paid as a grant; you do not have to repay the benefit.


Process flow

You can apply for vocational training assistance in writing.

If you would like to submit the application in paper form:

  • You can obtain the application form from the employment agency responsible for you.
  • Fill out the application form and submit it with the other documents to the Employment Agency.
  • The employment agency will check your entitlement. Your own income, the income of your parents or that of your spouse or registered partner will be taken into account. In addition, allowances and additional needs are taken into account.
  • You will then receive a decision.
  • The vocational training allowance will be transferred to your account on a monthly basis.

If you would like to submit the application online:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Employment Agency, you will be guided step by step through the application process.
  • Submit the supporting documents by mail or online.
  • The employment agency will check your claim. Your own income, the income of your parents or that of your spouse or registered partner will be included. In addition, allowances and additional needs are taken into account.
  • You will then receive a decision.
  • The vocational training allowance will be transferred to your account on a monthly basis.

If you would like to submit the application in person at your location:

  • You can submit and hand in the application in person at the employment agency responsible for you.
Requirements

In order to receive the vocational training grant, you and your vocational training must be eligible.

Eligible individuals:

  • you do not live with your parents during the training and the training company is too far away from your parents' home, or you
    • are at least 18 years old or
    • are or were married or
    • have at least one child living with you.
  • Even if you are not German, you are generally entitled to a vocational training allowance, unless
    • You have a residence permit in accordance with the Asylum Act.
    • You are tolerated and have been staying in Germany for less than 15 months without interruption on a permitted, approved or tolerated basis.
  • You cannot raise the necessary funds to cover the following costs:
    • Costs of living
    • Travel costs between accommodation and training center or vocational school
    • Family trips home
    • Work clothes
    • Childcare costs

Eligible vocational training:

  • It is your first vocational training or
  • if it is not your first vocational training: you cannot be permanently integrated into a profession in any other way.
  • You are undergoing vocational training.
    • that is recognized under the Vocational Training Act, the Crafts Code or the Maritime Labour Act
    • or vocational training in accordance with Part 2 of the Nursing Professions Act.
  • You enter into a vocational training contract.

If you have a disability, you can also get vocational training allowance if

  • You are undergoing vocational training that deviates from the training regulations for state-recognized training occupations or in special forms for people with disabilities,
  • you have to extend your training
  • you have to repeat all or part of your training due to your disability and permanent participation in working life would otherwise not be possible, or
  • you live in the household of your parents or one of your parents.

Additional prerequisite for vocational preparation training measures:

  • The pre-vocational training measure is carried out on behalf of the employment agency.

An apprenticeship or pre-vocational training measure abroad is eligible for funding as follows:

  • In the case of partial training abroad, if
    • the part of the training abroad does not last longer than 1 year and
    • the part of the training abroad appears to be appropriate with regard to the total duration of the training
  • in the case of complete training abroad,
    • if the training abroad is particularly conducive to the applicant's professional goal and
    • it is officially confirmed that the training abroad is equivalent to in-company training in Germany
  • in the case of part of the preparatory vocational training abroad, if
    • the part abroad does not exceed half of the planned funding period, and
    • the part abroad appears to be appropriate with regard to the total duration of the measure.
Which documents are required?

In case of vocational training:

  • completed application form
  • Your training contract
  • Proof of your income (certificate from the training center about training remuneration)
  • Proof of the income of your parents and, if applicable, your spouse or registered partner (tax assessment notice or annual salary certificate for the calendar year before last).

Under certain circumstances, the Employment Agency may request further documents.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Your application for vocational training allowance must be submitted before the start of the vocational training or the measure.

Note: If you submit the application after the start of the vocational training or the measure, the vocational training allowance can be paid at the earliest from the month in which you submitted the application.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Appeal to the employment agency that issued the decision. Further information on how to file an appeal can be found in the respective notice.
Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

After the premature dissolution of a training relationship (training termination), funding may be provided again if there was a justified reason for the dissolution.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Process flow

You can apply for vocational training assistance in writing.

If you would like to submit the application in paper form:

  • You can obtain the application form from the employment agency responsible for you.
  • Fill out the application form and submit it with the other documents to the Employment Agency.
  • The employment agency will check your entitlement. Your own income, the income of your parents or that of your spouse or registered partner will be taken into account. In addition, allowances and additional needs are taken into account.
  • You will then receive a decision.
  • The vocational training allowance will be transferred to your account on a monthly basis.

If you would like to submit the application online:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Employment Agency, you will be guided step by step through the application process.
  • Submit the supporting documents by mail or online.
  • The employment agency will check your claim. Your own income, the income of your parents or that of your spouse or registered partner will be included. In addition, allowances and additional needs are taken into account.
  • You will then receive a decision.
  • The vocational training allowance will be transferred to your account on a monthly basis.

If you would like to submit the application in person at your location:

  • You can submit and hand in the application in person at the employment agency responsible for you.

Requirements

In order to receive the vocational training grant, you and your vocational training must be eligible.

Eligible individuals:

  • you do not live with your parents during the training and the training company is too far away from your parents' home, or you
    • are at least 18 years old or
    • are or were married or
    • have at least one child living with you.
  • Even if you are not German, you are generally entitled to a vocational training allowance, unless
    • You have a residence permit in accordance with the Asylum Act.
    • You are tolerated and have been staying in Germany for less than 15 months without interruption on a permitted, approved or tolerated basis.
  • You cannot raise the necessary funds to cover the following costs:
    • Costs of living
    • Travel costs between accommodation and training center or vocational school
    • Family trips home
    • Work clothes
    • Childcare costs

Eligible vocational training:

  • It is your first vocational training or
  • if it is not your first vocational training: you cannot be permanently integrated into a profession in any other way.
  • You are undergoing vocational training.
    • that is recognized under the Vocational Training Act, the Crafts Code or the Maritime Labour Act
    • or vocational training in accordance with Part 2 of the Nursing Professions Act.
  • You enter into a vocational training contract.

If you have a disability, you can also get vocational training allowance if

  • You are undergoing vocational training that deviates from the training regulations for state-recognized training occupations or in special forms for people with disabilities,
  • you have to extend your training
  • you have to repeat all or part of your training due to your disability and permanent participation in working life would otherwise not be possible, or
  • you live in the household of your parents or one of your parents.

Additional prerequisite for vocational preparation training measures:

  • The pre-vocational training measure is carried out on behalf of the employment agency.

An apprenticeship or pre-vocational training measure abroad is eligible for funding as follows:

  • In the case of partial training abroad, if
    • the part of the training abroad does not last longer than 1 year and
    • the part of the training abroad appears to be appropriate with regard to the total duration of the training
  • in the case of complete training abroad,
    • if the training abroad is particularly conducive to the applicant's professional goal and
    • it is officially confirmed that the training abroad is equivalent to in-company training in Germany
  • in the case of part of the preparatory vocational training abroad, if
    • the part abroad does not exceed half of the planned funding period, and
    • the part abroad appears to be appropriate with regard to the total duration of the measure.

Which documents are required?

In case of vocational training:

  • completed application form
  • Your training contract
  • Proof of your income (certificate from the training center about training remuneration)
  • Proof of the income of your parents and, if applicable, your spouse or registered partner (tax assessment notice or annual salary certificate for the calendar year before last).

Under certain circumstances, the Employment Agency may request further documents.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Your application for vocational training allowance must be submitted before the start of the vocational training or the measure.

Note: If you submit the application after the start of the vocational training or the measure, the vocational training allowance can be paid at the earliest from the month in which you submitted the application.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Appeal to the employment agency that issued the decision. Further information on how to file an appeal can be found in the respective notice.

Applications / forms

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

What else should I know?

After the premature dissolution of a training relationship (training termination), funding may be provided again if there was a justified reason for the dissolution.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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