Educational support; application for students
Your college education will receive individual financial assistance to the extent that the funds necessary for living and education are not otherwise available.
Purpose and subject matter
Training assistance is provided for studies in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG).
Training assistance is only provided if the student, his/her spouse and parents are not able to raise the necessary costs for training and living expenses on the basis of their own income and assets. In certain cases (e.g. many years of professional activity), support is granted without taking parental income into account.
In principle, participants in full-time training courses are eligible to apply. Further criteria can be found under "Requirements".
Type and amount
The maximum rate of the educational grant depends on the type of accommodation. As a rule, half of the funding is provided as a grant and half as a non-interest-bearing state loan.
The maximum monthly subsidy rate is 451 euros for students attending higher technical colleges, academies and universities (649 euros if students no longer live with their parents).
If trainees themselves have health and nursing care insurance that is subject to contributions, the requirement is increased by 86 euros per month.
For students at universities, the offices for educational support belonging to the student union of the respective university are responsible for domestic education in Bavaria. The contact details of the responsible student services office are displayed when you select the city where the university is located under "My city" in the BayernPortal.
Funding is provided for attendance at public universities. In the case of non-governmental institutions of higher education, educational assistance is only granted if the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Science and the Arts recognizes the equivalence of attendance at this institution with attendance at a public or state-approved institution of higher education. Training assistance is only granted for the period in which the training fully occupies the trainee's working capacity (full-time training).
Training assistance is generally only provided for the initial training, but under certain circumstances it is also possible to receive assistance for further training.
In principle, the following are eligible
- recognized persons entitled to political asylum and refugees, and
- under certain circumstances, other foreigners, in particular nationals of EC member states.
As a rule, training assistance is no longer provided if the trainee has reached the age of 30 at the start of the training period for which he or she is applying for training assistance, or 35 in the case of master's degree courses.
The application must be submitted in writing or electronically (see under "Online procedure") to the relevant Office for Educational Support. The contact details of the relevant Student Services Office will be displayed when you select the location of the university under "My location".
If not all required documents have been submitted by the applicant for the decision on the application, the Office for Educational Support will contact the applicant and ask for the submission of the missing documents. Other authorities are generally not involved.
Certain funding offices are responsible for funding an education abroad as foreign offices. Each of the eighteen foreign offices is responsible for one or more foreign countries. Which office decides on the funding of the respective training abroad can be found in the list of offices, which is attached to the explanations for form 6 (see under "Forms").
Training assistance is only paid from the beginning of the month in which the training begins, i.e. from the month in which the lectures actually begin, but at the earliest from the month in which the application is received in writing or electronically (see under "Online procedure") by the relevant Office for Training Assistance. No retroactive educational support will be provided.
A new application is required for each grant period (usually one academic year).
In the case of subsequent applications, the application must be submitted in its entirety no later than two months before the end of the old grant period in order to avoid interruptions in payment.
The processing time or the total lead time between the application and the issuance of the approval notice should be expected to be approx. 6 to 8 weeks.
The documents required depend on the type of grant and can be found in the relevant forms.
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.
BAföG-Online für Studierende
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
Links to more information
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, locally limited
- Fees, Bavaria-wide
- Fees, locally limited