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The German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) provides educational opportunities

Today, good education is more important than ever before. This holds true for every single one of us as well as for society as a whole. Knowledge and the application of knowledge are Germany's greatest assets. The German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) guarantees that adolescents and young adults can undergo training to suit their aptitude and interests - irrespective of their families' financial situation.

BAföG has been providing educational opportunities for young people for over forty years. Basically, federal training assistance under BAföG means that training is funded by the public sector. The state provides the individual with the financial means necessary to cover living expenses and training fees.

This way, millions of adolescents and young adults have benefited from BAföG to date. Over the years, BAföG has been developed further and continuously adapted to meet changes in young peoples' everyday lives. Adjusting the legal provisions to meet latest developments is always at the very top of our political agenda.

In former times, parents and, failing that, the trainees themselves were considered responsible for covering their individual needs. As a result, a large number of capable young people who were interested in enrolling in training were deprived of the opportunity to gain sound qualifications because their parents were unable to cover the high costs of training, usually lasting several years. For this reason and from a social point of view, it was essential for the German social state to work to ensure equal career opportunities for all young men and women. This task was assigned to the Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

In 2014, the number of BAföG recipients remained at a very high level compared to the past 30 years. In total, 925,000 students were awarded BAföG grants and loans in 2014. On average 596,000 students and pupils received grants over the whole year. This is just 3.8 percent less than in 2013. The average annual number of students receiving grants fell by 3.2 percent to 425,000.

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  • Federal Training Assistance (BAföG) Hotline

    • Mo - Fr 8 - 20 h , Sa. 10 - 14 h
    • Telefonnummer: 0800-BAFOEG1 bzw. 0800-2236341

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