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For students whose standard period of study ended in the summer semester 2020, the following applies according to a decree of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung dated March 4th, 2021 with regard to the submission of a BAföG follow-up application:
If possible, you should apply for BAföG before enrollment. Namely in the case of a renewal application in January for the summer semester or in July for the winter semester. It usually takes around 8 weeks from the complete application to the first payment.
Training grants are not granted retrospectively. They are only given starting with the month of application or with the beginning of the month in which the training started.
Only written applications are accepted. If you do not want to download the forms from www.BAföG.de you can also get the forms from our counseling centers.
The application can be made in writing or electronically. For a written application, you can download the forms from www.BAföG.de or obtain them from our advice centers. The electronic application is possible at www.bafoeg-digital.de. Please note that you need an electronic ID card for a completely digital application.
However, an informal application submitted on time - if necessary on a coaster - is also possible.
If while processing the application we find out that documents, evidence, etc. are missing, we will inform you by post so that you can submit these documents later. We cannot process your application until the complete documents have been submitted which would mean that the application decision will be delayed.
If you want to make sure to you submit all documents from the beginning, we recommend you to make an appointment beforehand. You can reserve this quickly, easily and securely in our calendar for appintments.
As a rule, an application is decided for one year. If your training has not yet been completed, you should submit a follow-up application in good time. If there are no interruptions in the receipt of funds, the application must be submitted to the office at least two months before the end of the approval period.
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