State Funding (BAföG)

What? Who? How?

In order to apply for BAföG and benefit from the Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz), a number of criteria must be met in advance. The reason for this is that not everyone is entitled to the state assistance.


What is BAföG?

The abbreviation BAföG stands for Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (Federal Training Assistance Act). The state benefit is intended to provide financial support for pupils and students in their education, in particular to enable people from financially weaker families to have equal access to education. The abbreviation BAföG is also used colloquially to refer to the amount of money provided by the Federal Training Assistance Act.


Who can apply for BAföG?

First, you should check whether you are entitled to BAföG at all. In principle, only students, trainees and pupils who are unable to cover the costs of their studies or training themselves or with their family receive the state support.

Furthermore, students are only eligible to apply for BAföG if they are studying full-time. In addition, applicants must not be older than 29 at the beginning of their Bachelor's degree and not older than 34 at the beginning of their Master's degree.


Can I apply for BAföG as an international student?

BAföG is possible for international students. Even without German citizenship, you can be eligible for BAföG if you want to study in Germany. Whether you are eligible for BAföG depends largely on your current residence title and your individual eligibility requirements which are stated in § 8 BAföG (in German only).

As this legislation is very complex, please contact us at if you would like to find out whether you can apply for BAföG or not.