Funding for training Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Pupils who can demonstrate a need to do so will receive a grant which is granted as a non-repayable grant from the start of their training, but not for periods prior to application.

Training in general and vocational schools (from grade 10) and colleges is eligible.
The support for the attendance of secondary general education and some other schools presupposes that the trainee does not live with his/her parents and that the external accommodation is also necessary, especially since the school visited (or another comparable) school is not accessible from the parents' home.

Training at vocational academies cannot be promoted in Lower Saxony.

In the case of need, the amount of the support depends on the income and assets of the pupil 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 depends on the type of place of education and 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.

Related Links

  • Informationen zum BAföG vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Proof of income (for the trainee for the authorisation period, for parents in general tax notice of the penultimate calendar year)
  • in addition, various additional documents that are necessary in each case

The application must be submitted in writing to the competent authority. As already stated above, 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 Training and are also available on the BMBF's website.

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 Office for Training Promotion. 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 BAföG office. 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

  • Antragsformulare zur Ausbildungsförderung (BAföG)
  • Elektronische Antragstellung zur Ausbildungsförderung


  • German citizen
  • foreign national depending on residence status
  • Maximum age 29 years. However, exceptions to this age limit apply, for example, to second-level trainees or to trainees who raise their own child under the age of 10 when they reach the age limit of 30.
  • Your achievements as an apprentice suggest that you will achieve the training goal. However, a special aptitude or talent for the chosen training is not required. It is sufficient to meet the level of performance that the respective training regulations consider sufficient.
  • Proof of a need for support for subsistence and training


Pupils with a training contract for in-company training are not entitled to BAföG services (even for accompanying vocational education). You can apply for vocational training allowance (BAB) with the competent employment office.

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 competent offices. for training support.

A free hotline, which the BMBF has set up together with the German Studentenwerk, is also available for questions. The BAföG hotline can be reached on 0800-223 63 41 from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BAföG

Related Links

  • Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG)
  • Verordnung zur Bezeichnung der als Einkommen geltenden sonstigen Einnahmen nach § 21 Abs. 3 Nr. 4 des Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetzes (BAföG-EinkommensV)
  • Verordnung über Zusatzleistungen in Härtefällen nach dem Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (HärteV)
  • Verordnung über die Zuschläge zu dem Bedarf nach dem Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz bei einer Ausbildung im Ausland (BAföG-AuslandszuschlagsV)
  • Verordnung über die Einziehung der nach dem Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz geleisteten Darlehen (DarlehnsV)
  • § 1610 Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB)
  • § 1612 Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (BGB)
  • Einkommensteuergesetz (EStG)
  • § 60 Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB I)
  • § 66 Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB I)

The application can be submitted by the student at the age of 15 or by the legal representatives.

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

Benefits under the Federal Training Promotion Act (BAföG) are usually decided for one school year. After that, you will have to submit a new application. The exact funding period for your funding can be found in the communication.

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