Apply for BAföG for school attendance

You can receive financial support for your school attendance or an internship if your parents do not have a higher income or if you have already worked independently of your parents for a long time. This support is called BAföG.

BAföG is the abbreviation for Federal Training Assistance Act. BAföG is colloquially referred to as the funding that you can receive under this law. You will receive the funding for financing

  • your school attendance or
  • under certain conditions of a prescribed internship as part of your school attendance.

To receive the monthly grant, you must meet a number of requirements. The most important are:

  • Your parents and/or your partner do not have a higher income.
  • You yourself have no or a low income, for example from a "mini-job".
  • Your assets are below or only slightly above the allowance of EUR 8,200.
  • You are aiming for your full-time school leaving certificate.
  • Age limit: 30 years (exceptions are possible)

As a student, you will receive the financial support as a grant. You don't have to pay anything back.

The amount of your BAföG depends on a fixed monthly requirement. Money is deducted from this need if your parents, spouse/partner or yourself earn a little more.

In principle, if you want to obtain a vocational qualification or a further school leaving certificate, you can receive BAföG. If you attend a general education school, however, this only applies from grade 10 and only if you cannot live at home (for example, because you cannot complete the desired degree nearby).


The monthly requirement for pupils is:

  • if you live with your parents:
    • EUR 398.00 if you attend a technical school class whose attendance requires a completed vocational training, an evening grammar school or a college,
    • EUR 247.00 if you attend a vocational school or a technical school that you can attend without completing vocational training, or
    • EUR 448.00 if you attend an evening secondary school, vocational training school, evening secondary school or technical secondary school class that you can only attend with completed vocational training.
  • if you do not live with your parents:
    • a total of EUR 585.00 if you attend a secondary general education school, a vocational school or a technical secondary school that you can attend without completing vocational training, or
    • a total of EUR 681.00 if you attend an evening secondary school, vocational training school, evening secondary school or technical secondary school class that you can only attend with completed vocational training.

Even if you spend a year abroad during your school years, you can receive BAföG. You will then also receive a travel surcharge for both the outward journey and the return journey:

  • EUR 250.00 within Europe or
  • EUR 500,00 outside Europe.

If you attend an evening high school or college, you will receive parent-independent BAföG. That is, the income of your parents is not taken into account in the calculation.

Note: Child benefit that your parents receive for you will not be taken into account.

Interns:

BAföG can only be used to support internships that you complete while you are in an apprenticeship that is eligible under BAföG.

Only compulsory internships are funded. These are internships that your training plan prescribes, so you have to do in order to complete or carry out the training. Compulsory traineeships completed outside the EU are only eligible if they last at least 12 weeks. Compulsory internships within EU Member States can also be funded if they are shorter than 12 weeks.

  • Certificate from the school or training centre
  • If applicable, copy of the
    • Id
    • Passports or
    • current residence permit
  • If you do not live with your parents: copy
    • the rental agreement or
    • the registration certificate
  • If you do not have family insurance: proof of health and long-term care insurance with legal basis and amount of contributions
  • If necessary, proof of your own income during the approval period, for example
    • Payroll, part-time job, work contract,
    • Orphan's pension notice,
    • Scholarship notice or
    • Riester pension certificate
  • Proof of assets or debts on the day of application, for example bank statement
  • If you have a car:
    • Estimation of the value, for example printing from a website with a comparable offer, and
    • Motor vehicle registration.

Depending on the case, further documents may be required. Please follow the instructions in the application forms. The BAföG office responsible for you will request missing documents.

Forms: Form 01 Application for educational support and other forms depending on the case

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Form 01 Application for educational support on the BAföG website
  • All application forms on the BAföG website
  • Links to the electronic application of the individual federal states on the BAföG website

Preconditions

  • As a pupil or trainee, you attend one of the following types of school:
    • secondary general education and vocational school (including classes of all forms of basic vocational education) from grade 10, if you cannot live with your parents because of your education,
    • Technical and technical secondary school class (without completed vocational training), if you cannot live with your parents,
    • Vocational school class or technical school class (without completed vocational training), if it provides a vocational qualification in at least two years of training,
    • Fach- und Fachoberschulklasse (with completed vocational training),
    • Abendhauptschule, Berufsaufbauschule, Abendrealschule, Abendgymnasium und Kolleg or
    • higher technical college or academy that awards a degree that is not equivalent to a university degree under state law.
  • You have German citizenship or
  • You are a foreigner and you or one of your parents worked in Germany for a certain period of time before starting your training:
    • You yourself would have to have been employed in Germany at least 5 years before.
    • Your parents must have worked domestically for at least 3 years during the last 6 years.
  • or you have certain residence permits for international, humanitarian or political reasons and the waiting period or gainful employment that may be required.

Internship:

  • You will receive BAföG for your school attendance, training and internship if this is required by the training regulations (and lasts at least 12 weeks for an internship outside the EU, shorter internships are also possible within the EU).

Related Links

  • Federal Act on Individual Promotion of Training (BAföG)

If you would like to apply for BAföG for your school education online:

  • First, activate the online ID function of your identity card, electronic residence permit or Your European eID. To do this, you need to register.
  • The procedure depends on the federal state in which you complete your training or where your parents reside.

If you do not have an eID, you can still submit your application data electronically. However, for a legally valid application, you must print out the application and send it signed by post or as an upload to the responsible Office for Educational Support.

If you would like to submit the application in paper form:

  • Go to the BAföG website and download the application forms that concern you. Alternatively, you can also collect the applications from your responsible municipal office for educational support.
  • You can fill out and print the forms on the computer or print them out and fill them out by hand.
  • The application must be signed.
  • Add the necessary evidence.
  • Send the completed application forms with the support documents directly to the office responsible for educational support for you.
  • The Office for Educational Support checks the documents for completeness. If documents are missing, they will be requested from you. If the application is complete, it will be examined and the decision will be communicated to you by decision.

Responsible for the content
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Last update or date of publication
22.04.2021