Applying for a grant under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) - Students Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The aim of training assistance under the Federal Act on the Individual Promotion of Training (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz - BAföG) is to give young people the opportunity to pursue a higher education that matches their abilities and interests, irrespective of their social and economic situation.

Training assistance is provided for living expenses and training. The monthly need is flat-rate and depends on the accommodation (living with parents or living away from home). The student's income and assets, the income of the parents and, if applicable, the income of the spouse/registered partner are offset against the need.

Non-parental support is only granted under certain conditions.

Support is granted for the duration of the standard period of study, from the fifth semester onwards only if the required level of performance is achieved (exceptions are possible).

BAföG is generally granted for 1 year ("approval period").

As a rule, the support is provided

half as a grant
half as an interest-free state loan.
Repayment of the loan portion begins 5 years after the end of the standard period of study.

In certain cases, however, the funding is provided in full as an interest-bearing bank loan under private law (e.g. assistance for graduation after the end of the standard period of study).


Educational support is provided for studies at the following universities:

  • University of Bremen
  • Bremen University of Applied Sciences
  • Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences
  • Bremen University of the Arts
  • Jacobs University Bremen
  • University of Public Administration Bremen
  • APOLLON private distance learning college of health management

Training assistance is also granted for the completion of an internship which is required in connection with attendance at the above-mentioned training institutions and the content of which is regulated in training regulations.

Entitlement to training grants is also dependent on personal requirements such as age, aptitude and nationality.

In addition to German nationals, foreign trainees can also receive support under certain conditions.

Whether the personal requirements are met in the individual case and justify an entitlement to training assistance can only be determined with binding effect by means of an application procedure.


Further comprehensive information on BAföG, in particular on

  • the eligibility requirements,
  • the rates of need,
  • the forms to be filled in when submitting an application and
  • the responsible offices for educational grants

can be found on the websites of the Studentenwerk Bremen and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The Studentenwerk Bremen is the responsible office for students at Bremen universities.

Please note that application forms cannot be sent by post. However, they can be requested online.

  • Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz
  • Informationen zum BAföG des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (Antragsformulare, Antragsassistent)
  • Informationen zum BAföG des Studentenwerks Bremen

A written application must be submitted using the official forms in order to receive a student grant.

It is advisable to submit the application immediately after receiving the confirmation of the study place.

You will be informed of the final decision and the amount of the grant by means of a notification.

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