Funding For Students Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Students receive funding in the form of a grant (50%) from the start of the training, but not for periods prior to application if there is a proven need. and an interest-free government loan (50%).

The grant does not have to be repaid. The interest-free government loan is later repaid in low instalments, but no one, no matter how much support was in total, has to repay more than 10,000 euros of government loans.

In the case of need, the amount of support depends on the income and assets of the student and - since the support is generally family-dependent - on the income of the parents and the spouse or registered partner. Insofar as allowances laid down in the law are exceeded, this shall be counted against the respective requirement rate and shall reduce the amount of the subsidy accordingly.

Support is provided for subsistence and training (the so-called need). The BAföG provides for lump sums as a monthly requirement, the amount of which also depends, among other things, on accommodation (with parents or living abroad). A childcare supplement may be granted for trainees with children under the age of ten.

An exact statement as to whether funding is to be expected under the BAföG and, if necessary, how much can only be made after a careful examination of all individual requirements by the competent authority.

In the event of a delay in the commencement or implementation of studies and the change of courses, it is essential to consult the competent body.

Training at vocational academies cannot be promoted in Lower Saxony.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides further comprehensive information on the BAföG on its website, in particular on the eligibility requirements, the forms to be completed in the context of the application and the relevant Make.

Information on the BAföG from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Related Links

  • Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG)
  • Hier BAföG digital beantragen
  • Forms
  • Proof of income (for the trainee for the authorisation period, for parents in general tax notice of the penultimate calendar year)
  • various additional documents that are necessary in each case

The relevant authority will inform you of the necessary documents.

The required forms are available from the competent authority and are also available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The application may also be made electronically. If you have a DE-E-mail address, you can send the BAföG application directly to the responsible body. With the electronic signature by DE-Mail, the BAföG application is signed electronically. A handwritten signature is no longer required.

But even those who do not use DE-Mail technology can benefit from the online portal: when the application is completed, it can simply be saved in PDF format, printed, handwritten and scanned by normal e-mail to the be sent to the competent authority. The papers can of course also be sent by post or fax. Again, the application is only fully submitted and can be finalised if all the necessary evidence is attached.

Related Links

  • Elektronische Antragstellung zur Ausbildungsförderung
  • Antragsformulare zur Ausbildungsförderung


  • Visit to one of the following training establishments:
    • University/University of Applied Sciences
    • University of Applied Sciences
    • Academy of Music and Art
    • University of Education
    • Dual University
    • Academy
  • German nationality
  • foreign national depending on residence status
  • a special suitability or talent is not required
    Your performance must be expected to achieve the training goal. In order to receive further funding from the 5th semester onwards, you must prove the standard level of performance for the training.
  • Maximum age at the beginning of the training/study 29 years, in the case of a master's degree 34 years.
    However, exceptions to this age limit apply, for example, to trainees who have obtained the university entrance qualification on the second course of education or who, when they reach the age limit of 30 or 35 years of age, raise their own child under the age of ten.


A free hotline is also available for questions, which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has set up together with the German Student Union. The BAföG hotline can be reached on 0800-223 63 41 from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Related Links

  • Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG)

The application must be submitted in writing to the competent authority. This can also be done informally. However, the information required to establish the claim must be based on uniform forms in Germany. The forms are provided by the Offices for The Promotion of Students' Unions and are also available on the BMBF's website.

You will receive a written notification (authorisation notice). In the event of a positive decision, payments will be transferred to the specified account on a monthly basis in advance.

Note: Even those who are not entitled to BAföG will receive a notification. You need this as proof, e.g. for an application for housing benefit.

Related Links

  • Antragsformulare auf der Internetseite des Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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