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After the summer semesters 2020 and 2021 as well as the winter semester 2020/2021 brought with them many pandemic-related restrictions in the higher education sector, the state of Saxony-Anhalt has initiated an amendment to the higher education law. Due to this change and the related legal ordinances, the standard period of study for all students enrolled in these semesters at a university in Saxony-Anhalt who are not on leave of absence will be increased by three semesters. If you were only enrolled in one of the semesters in accordance with the conditions mentioned, the standard period of study usually increases by one or two semesters.
The changes mentioned also affect various regulations in the Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz. In particular, they concern the maximum funding period to be determined by the BAföG Amt as well as the point in time at which students have to submit their proof of performance in accordance with § 48 Paragraph 1 BAföG.
In the following we would like to inform you about the details of the funding treatment.
1. Proof of performance
In principle, from the fifth semester onwards, training grants for attending a university are only paid from the point in time at which the trainee has submitted proof of performance in accordance with Section 48 (1) BAföG. With this, the achievement of the usual performance level of the 4th semester is proven. If the proof of performance cannot be provided, further funding can only be granted if there are special reasons for justification (Section 15 (3) BAföG).
As a result of the new regulations for the standard period of study - under the conditions described above - both the summer semesters 2020 and 2021 and the winter semester 2020/2021 are not assessed as a subject semester within the meaning of Section 48 (1) BAföG. This means that the submission date for the proof of performance is usually postponed by 3 semesters (for those who are first enrolled in the winter semester 2020/2021 by 2 semesters). Examples:
The BAföG Amt will determine the relevant postponement of the submission date taking into account the individual requirements and inform the students concerned about the new submission deadline in the course of processing the funding applications, without the need for a separate application.
2. Maximum funding period
The training grant is paid regularly until the end of the standard period of study (termed in BAföG as the maximum funding period or FHD). Funding beyond the FHD is usually only possible if there are reasons that justify a corresponding measure within the meaning of Section 15 (3) BAföG.
As a result of the new regulations for the standard period of study, the summer semesters 2020 and 2021 and the winter semester 2020/21 - under the conditions mentioned above - are not counted as semesters in the maximum funding period. As a rule, this results in a maximum funding period of 3 semesters (2 semesters for newcomers in the 2020/2021 winter semester). Examples:
There is also no need to submit a separate application with regard to the redefinition of the maximum funding period. The Office for Education Funding will determine the applicable new FHD taking into account the individual requirements and inform the students concerned about the new FHD in the course of processing the funding applications. In the case of students who no longer apply for further funding, the Bundesverwaltungsamt responsible for the repayment of the loan portion will be informed about the re-setting of the FHD so that the loan does not become due prematurely.
3. Further information
The new regulation also has an impact on students who are currently being funded on the basis of §§ 15 Paragraph 3, 15 Paragraph 3 a, 48 Paragraph 2 BAföG due to the existence of special reasons beyond the maximum funding period or without an existing performance record . Because the semesters mentioned at the beginning are also rated as “0” semesters in these cases, entitlements to further funding are also regularly considered. The students concerned are advised to submit a repeat application before the expiry of the previously set approval period.
Otherwise, the new rules may also affect the benefit of students for a professional change of direction want to regulate. In the cases described, please contact us before the change is carried out so that the relevant requirements can be checked in good time.
The Amt für Ausbildungsförderung of your Studentenwerk Halle is responsible for implementing the BAföG for the following universities in Saxony-Anhalt:
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