Educational support; application for pupils

Individual financial support is provided for your school education if the funds required for living expenses and education are not otherwise available.



Funding is provided for attendance at public schools or state-approved or recognized alternative schools. In the case of other educational institutions, training assistance is only granted if the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts recognizes the equivalence of attendance at this institution with attendance at a public or state-approved school or university. Educational support is only granted for the time during which the training fully utilizes the trainee's working capacity (full-time training).

Training assistance is generally only provided for initial training, but under certain circumstances it is also possible to receive assistance for further training. The following are generally eligible

  • Germans,
  • recognized persons entitled to asylum and refugees and
  • other foreigners under certain conditions, in particular nationals of EC member states.

Training assistance is generally no longer provided if trainees have reached the age of 45 at the start of the training period for which training assistance is being applied for.


The application must be submitted in writing or electronically (see "Online procedure") to the responsible Office for Educational Support. If the applicant has not yet submitted all the necessary documents for the decision on the application, the Office for Educational Support will contact the applicant and ask for the missing documents to be submitted. Other authorities are generally not involved.

Special notes

Trainees who have completed their initial vocational training and wish to gain further qualifications as technicians, master craftsmen and industrial foremen etc. can receive benefits under the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (AFBG), the so-called ''Aufstiegs-BAföG''.

Certain funding offices are responsible for funding training abroad. Each of the eighteen foreign offices is responsible for a specific foreign country or several foreign countries. The list of offices attached to the explanatory notes to Form 6 (see "Forms") shows which office is responsible for funding the respective education abroad.


Educational support is only paid from the beginning of the month in which the training begins, i.e. from the month in which the training actually begins, but at the earliest from the month in which the application is received in writing or electronically (see online procedure) by the responsible office for educational support. Education grants are not paid retroactively. A new application is required for each approval period (usually one school year). In the case of subsequent applications, the application must be submitted in full at least two months before the end of the old approval period in order to avoid interruptions in payment.

Processing time

The processing time or the total processing time between the application being submitted and the approval notice being issued can be expected to be around 6 to 8 weeks.

Required documents

  • The documents required depend on the type of grant and can be found in the relevant forms.


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: BAföG-Antragsformulare
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Online procedures

  • BAföG-Online für Schüler

    This service supports you by helping you to enter your application data and checks it for completeness and plausibility. If you have an ID card with activated electronic proof of identity, you can send the forms, which usually only require a signature, and the documents to be enclosed electronically to the competent authority. Forms that must be completed by the training institution or that must only be submitted upon express request cannot be sent electronically.

  • BAföG für Auslandsaufenthalt in Österreich

    You can apply online for benefits under the BAföG for stays abroad in the country of Austria. As long as the requirements are met, funding can be provided:

    •     High school visit
    •     Foreign internship
    •     Study abroad


  • None


Opposition procedure (optional); filing an opposition

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