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Funding For Students

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

Process flow

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.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the student unions of the university, where the student is enrolled.

Requirements

  • 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.

Which documents are required?

  • 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.

What are the fees?

There are no charges.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You should submit your initial application as soon as the university has agreed for the desired place.

The support for training shall be provided at the earliest from the beginning of the month in which the training is started, but not retroactively, but only when an application has also been made.

An informal request may also be made first of all in order to meet the time limit. The official forms and other documents can then be submitted.

You normally have to apply for BAföG every year.eYou should apply for further authorisation approximately two months before the end of the authorisation period of the previous application.

Applications / forms

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.

What else should I know?

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.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture

competent Bodies

Bundesverwaltungsamt - BAföG

Address:
Telephone: +49 22899 358-0
Telephone: +49 221 758-0
Fax: +49 22899 358-2823
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.