The German Federal Cabinet has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Education and Research to reform the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) in order for students to be able to benefit more from it.
Through the new BAföG reforms, which is a program of the country that enables youngsters to choose the training that suits their personal interests, regardless of their financial means, since the same is funded by the public sector, student allowances will increase by 20 per cent , amongst others.
“Today, we have laid the foundation for making BAföG more attractive, modern, and flexible and enabling more real participation in the best education again,” Minister Stark-Watzinger commented regarding the approval of the proposal by the government.
At the same time, the reform foresees the total increase of the maximum allowance from €861 to €931, as well as the increase of the age limit from 30 years at the start of eligible training together with the previous separate age limit of 35 years for the start of a master’s degree to a uniform 45 years in the future.
The new changes are set to become effective at the start of the 2022/2023 winter semester.
Through the reform, the Ministry intends to increase the number of BAföG beneficiaries, which has experienced a significant year-on-year drop continuously, dropping to 639,000 recipients in 2021, from 979,000 recipients in 2012,
Previously on February 2, due to the increasing costs of living, and in particular, the increase in heating prices, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research had announced that the government’s cabinet decided to grant an additional sum of money to the students who benefit from the BAföG.
Thus, after August 1, 2022, students who rely on BAföG will be able to obtain an extra amount of €230, the Ministry has announced in a press release.
“People who received housing benefits for at least one month in the period from October 2021 to March 2022 received BAföG benefits and lived outside their parents’ home, as well as people who received a maintenance contribution according to the AFBG or vocational training allowance, or training allowance will automatically receive one heating allowance,” the Ministry explains regarding the allowance.
The allowance will be granted in the form of a lump sum of €230, one time, in addition to housing benefits. The same will be transferred to students’ bank accounts.
BAföG allowances are not granted only to German citizens but also to foreigners living in the country who have integrated into the society and have prospects of remaining in Germany. The same are advised to contact the appropriate educational assistance office at an early stage since the legal regulations to receive BAföG allowances as a non-German are very complex.