As a trainee (pupil or student), you can receive benefits under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) if your training is eligible for assistance and if the funds required for your living expenses and your training are not otherwise available to you.
Aim of the training assistance
The aim is to give all young people the opportunity to complete the training that suits their abilities and interests, irrespective of their social and economic situation.
Examination by the Office for the Promotion of Training
After you have submitted a BAföG application, the responsible Office for the Promotion of Training will check whether the intended training can be promoted. It often makes sense to seek advice from the Office for the Promotion of Training before submitting your application.
Calculation of individual support
The calculation of your individual support is based on lump sums for your monthly needs. The amount of your grant depends on whether you are attending school or studying and on your place of residence and place of training. Your own income and assets as well as the income of your parents will be counted towards your need. If you are married, the income of your husband or wife will be taken into account. This also applies to registered civil partnerships. If you have at least one child under the age of ten living in your household, you can receive a childcare allowance for each child in addition to the BAföG benefits calculated for you.
In exceptional cases, you will also receive the education allowance regardless of your parents' income.