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Information on the treatment of pandemic-related restrictions in BAföG.
After both the summer semesters of 2020 and 2021 and the winter semesters of 2020/2021 and 2021/22 brought many pandemic-related restrictions in higher education, the state of Saxony-Anhalt has initiated an amendment to the Higher Education Act. As a result of this amendment and related legal ordinances, the standard period of study will be increased by four semesters for all students enrolled at a university in Saxony-Anhalt during these semesters who are not on leave of absence. If there was only a smaller amount of enrollment according to the conditions mentioned, the standard period of study will be increased by one, two or three semesters depending on the number of enrollments.
The aforementioned changes also affect various regulations in the Federal Training Assistance Act. In particular, they affect the maximum period of support to be determined by the BAföG office as well as the point in time at which students must submit proof of performance in accordance with Section 48 (1) BAföG.
In the following, we would like to inform you about the details of the treatment under funding law.
1. proof of performance
As a rule, from the fifth semester onwards, educational assistance for attending a university will only be paid from the time when the student has submitted proof of performance in accordance with Section 48 (1) BAföG. This proves that the student has reached the usual performance level of the 4th semester. If the proof of performance cannot be provided, further funding will only be granted if there are special reasons for justification (§ 15 para. 3 BAföG).
As a result of the new regulations on the standard period of study, the summer semesters 2020 and 2021 as well as the winter semesters 2020/2021 and 2021/22 will - under the conditions described at the beginning - not be assessed as subject semesters within the meaning of Section 48 (1) BAföG. This means that the submission date for the certificate of achievement is postponed by up to 4 semesters (by 3 semesters for first-time enrollees in the winter semester 2020/2021 and by 1 semester for first-time enrollees in the winter semester 2021/22). Examples:
The Office of Student Financial Aid will determine the applicable postponement of the submission date, taking into account the individual requirements, and will inform the affected students of the new submission deadline in the course of processing the financial aid applications, without the need for a separate application.
2. maximum duration of support
Educational support is regularly provided up to the end of the standard period of study (referred to in BAföG as the maximum period of support or FHD). Funding beyond the FHD is generally 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 on the standard period of study, the summer semesters 2020 and 2021 and the winter semesters 2020/21 and 2021/22 - subject to the conditions mentioned at the beginning - will not be counted as semesters towards the maximum funding period. As a rule, this results in an increased maximum funding period of 4 semesters (for first-time enrollees in the winter semester 2020/2021 by 3 semesters and for those enrolled for the first time in the winter semester 2021/22 by 1 semester). Examples:
Also with regard to the new determination of the maximum funding period, no separate application is required. The Office for Educational Funding will determine the applicable new maximum funding period, taking into account the individual requirements, and will inform the students concerned about the new maximum funding period in the course of processing the funding applications. For those whose maximum funding period was previously set for March 2022 and September 2022, the new regulations regarding the winter semester 2021/22 mean that a further application is possible!
In addition, for all students who no longer apply for continued financial aid, the federal administrative office responsible for repayment of the loan portion will be informed of the new determination of the maximum period of financial aid so that the loan is not called due prematurely.
3. further information
The new regulation also has consequences for students who are already currently supported on the basis of §§ 15 Para. 3, 15 Para. 3 a, 48 Para. 2 BAföG due to the existence of special reasons beyond the maximum support period or without available proof of performance. Because the semesters mentioned at the beginning are also evaluated as "0" semesters in these cases, claims for further funding are regularly considered here as well. The students concerned are advised to submit a repeat application before the end of the previously fixed funding period.
In addition, the new regulations can also have an effect in favor of students who want to change their field of study. In the cases described, please contact us before completing the change so that the relevant requirements can be checked in good time.
The income of my parents has changed so much because of the corona virus that they can no longer support me financially or to the usual extent. What can I do?
You can apply for BAföG or, if you already have BAföG, apply for an update to get a higher BAföG rate in the current year.
Normally, the parents' income from the penultimate calendar year is taken into account when calculating the BAföG. If parents lose part of their income now, for example due to short-time working due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the BAföG office can take this into account.
If you are already receiving BAföG, you will submit an update request on which the parents or parents affected by the income reduction enter their income information in the calendar years in which the approval period is located. The application must be signed by you and your parents or the parent concerned. You can find the update request here (Form 7).
If you have not yet received a BAföG, but your parents' income has now fallen sharply, you may be entitled to a BAföG. So it can be worthwhile to submit an application. Again, in addition to the normal request, the update request must be made. You can find all application forms here .
Attention: Funding is provisional! After the end of the approval period, evidence of the parents' actual income must be presented. Then the funding amount is recalculated. If income is too low in the update request, it can be reclaimed.
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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