Förderung von Fortbildungen nach dem Aufstiegsfortbildungsförderungsgesetz (AFBG) "Meister-BAföG" Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The Promotion of Advancement Training Act (AFBG) offers the possibility of financially supporting continuing vocational training by attending master classes or other courses that are preparatory for a comparable training qualification. In principle, the support covers all occupational sectors (including health and nursing professions), irrespective of the form in which the training is carried out (full-time, part-time, media-supported or distance learning). Applicants may not, as a general rule, have yet been supported for a vocational qualification under this Act which is at least equivalent to the desired degree of training and which does not have a professional qualification which, according to their value, exceeds the desired degree of training (e.B. university degree). There is no age limit for the group of persons to be promoted. In order to finance the course and examination fees, a contribution to the measure is granted pro rata as a grant and low-interest bank loan, irrespective of income and assets. The loan is free of interest and repayment during the training period and during a subsequent grace period of two years - but not more than six years. Participants in full-time courses receive an additional subsistence contribution per month, depending on the income and assets of the student or the income of their spouse, which is also granted on a pro rata basis as a grant and a low-interest bank loan. For single parents, a contribution to the cost of childcare is granted as a subsidy. The duration of training is limited to 24 months for full-time training and 48 months for part-time training.

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Forms of the application procedure Proof of own income and assets and of the spouse's income (only for full-time measures) The competent authority will inform you of any further necessary documents.


Preconditions
a completed initial or comparable vocational qualification recognised under the Vocational Training Act (BBiG) or the Crafts Code (HwO). no professional qualification that has already been promoted under this Act or is of higher quality than the desired degree (e.B. university degree) Eligible measure: German nationality exceptions: Asylum-seekers, refugees or homeless persons, nationals of a Member State of the European Union or of a Contracting State of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) other foreign skilled workers if they have already been legally resident in Germany for three years before the start of the advanced training and have been in employment

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The Meister-BAföG offers an incentive for potential start-ups to take the step into self-employment and create jobs after successfully completing the training. As a rule, advancement training is promoted, which takes place in germany, but also in part, which takes place in the EU and is carried out on the basis of cooperation agreements between the competent authorities in the respective Member States. These include courses that prepare not only for a German one but also for a corresponding training objective of another EU Member State. Toll-free information hotline of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research: 0800/6223634
Funding must be applied for at the competent body using the relevant forms. The forms required for the application may be requested in person, by telephone or in writing from the competent authority. They are also available for download on the "Ascension-BAföG" pages. The completed forms may be handed over to the competent authority in person or sent by post. Funding is usually decided for the duration of the training. If the training is divided into several sections, funding must be applied for separately for each section. The period of authorisation for full-time measures begins with the start of the training measure, but at the earliest on the month of application. The contribution to the measure may be applied for during the entire advancement training. The notice (authorisation notice) will be sent to you in writing. If you have been granted a grant, this amount will be transferred monthly from the country to the account you specify. If you are entitled to a loan, a loan offer (draft contract) will be sent to you by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) in parallel with the approval decision. By signing the contract (with confirmation of the signature by an office) you accept the terms and conditions. If the signed contract is concluded with in the form of the stipulated period, which is communicated to you with the approval notice, the credit agreement has been concluded with KfW. The amounts of the loan referred to in the decision are maximum amounts. If you would like to see a lower amount, please specify this amount. If you do not provide any information, you will receive the maximum amount. In the further course (e.B. conclusion of the contract, instalment payment, recovery) the credit institution is responsible for you. Further information on payment, interest and repayment can be found at KfW.

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Last update or date of publication
18.03.2015