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BAföG Inland

What is BAföG?

The Bundesausbildungsrderungsgesetz (German Federal Law on Support in Education) manages state support for the education of students in Germany.

The main principle according to §1 BAföG is: “in accordance with this law, there exists the entitlement to individual educational support for a course of education, respective of inclination, suitability and achievement, if the person to be educated does not possess the necessary means to fund daily living and education.

 

Entitlement to BAföG is dependent on two factors:

  • Is my course of education even eligible for funding?
  • Have I met the personal conditions?

 

International students can also apply to receive BAföG, provided the required criteria are met. If you're in any doubt about being entitled to BAföG, then you can submit a trial calcuation in the form of a quick application. This is non-binding and very simple.

The possible funding can vary monthly between €10 and €670. It would be a shame if you didn't receive BAföG, even though you were eligible, just because you thought your parents 'probably earn too much anyway'.

 

You can find details on how to submit a successful application here (including educational support abroad):

First tip To get you started. Initial questions and answers. See below.
Contact: You can find addresses, fax numbers, as well as all telephone numbers and email addresses here. You can come visit us, either at the main desk or at other branches, to pick up pre-printed forms, submit applications, gather information or have a conversation directly with your POC.
Forms:         

Details about all required forms and pre-prints (which you can either pick up directly from us, download or receive by post).

New: the BAföG eApplication from the ministy of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg, which can be filled out as an online-Form and sent electronically over de-Mail.

You can also take advantage of the online help, while filling out the form.

FAQ/Link Further information and sources to make applying as smooth as possible - incl. info leaflets, checklists, FAQ, links, tips and bits of information.

 

Should you find you do not receive any, or not enough, education funding, or if you don't have sufficient financial means to be able to study successfully, please have a look at grants and loans.


 

Which educational institutions is the student grants office of the Heidelberg student union responsible for?

  • University of Heidelberg
  • University of Education
  • Heilbronn University, incl. Künzelsau and Schwäbisch Hall
  • Hochschule für Kirchenmusik der evang. Landeskirche in Baden, Heidelberg
  • SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
  • Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg
  • Schwetzingen Technical Institute & Graduate Court Registrars' College
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach, incl. Bad Mergentheim
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heilbronn
  • German Graduate School of Management and Law, Heilbronn
  • University of International Management Heidelberg
  • Studienkolleg Heidelberg

 

First steps for your BaföG application

Which forms do I need to complete my application?

You need to submit at least the following documents for your BAföG application to be complete:

  • Form 1 - mandatory for each application (yearly)
  • Appendix 1 of form 1 - CV (first application only)
  • Form 3 - both parents (support dependent on parents) and, if needed, of spouse (yearly)

 

In some circumstances your POC will require additional documents to verify whether you are eligible for support:

  • Do you want to study abroad?
  • Do you have a child under 10 years?
  • Do you have German nationality?
  • Are you about to go into your 5th semester?
    • Form 5 is used as a performance record and needs to be provided, one time only, at the end of the 4th semester and at the latest before the beginning of the 5th semester.
  • Would you like to apply for an update to your parents' or spouse's income?
  • Do you not have the required information to calculate your parents' income?

Where can I find the Forms?

Where do I send my documents back?

You can hand in the application you've filled out to our Infodesk or ServiceCenter/InfoCafé International, or you can send it back via post.

When will I hear back from you?

Usually within two to four weeks.

How long do I have to wait to get a decision?

For domestic applications two to three months, for foreign applications three to six months.

Am I even eligible for BAföG?

There are many conditions you need to fulfil to receive BAföG, like: age, nationality, income, etc. However, we recommend you fill out a short-application for a means test in case you're not sure. This is non-binding and very simple to do.

How can the checklists help me?

The checklists provide tips and advice for your application. You can find the checklist for domestic support here.

What can I find on your websites?

Contact: You can find addresses, fax numbers, as well as all telephone numbers and email addresses here. You can drop in either at the main desk or at other branches to pick up pre-printed forms, submit applications, gather information, or have a conversation directly with your POC.
Forms:    

Details about all required forms and pre-prints (which you can either pick up directly from us, download or receive by post).

New: the BAföG eApplication from the ministy of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg, which can be filled out as an online-Form and sent electronically over de-Mail.

You can also take advantage of the online help, while filling out the form.

FAQ/Link Further information and sources to make applying as smooth as possible - incl. info leaflets, checklists, FAQ, links, tips and bits of information.

 

Please submit your signed application by post or hand it in personally, send it per E-Mail or other electronic ways (de-Mail) to the student union.

 

 

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