German Law on Support for Education and Training

    The assistance is likewise extended to public and private (if equivalent) establishments for education. Training via corresponding distance learning courses is eligible for funding, as well. The training assistance may also be granted for a training period abroad. Foreigners and German citizens are eligible for training assistance. The exact requirements for qualification depend on the candidate's legal status, such as citizenship in other EU countries, settlement permit or the recognition of a refugee status. The training assistance is intended to contribute to the cost of living and education. To this end, the BAföG Act provides qualifying lump-sum rates, which vary according to the type of training.


    German and EU citizens as well as persons with a legal status as per BAföG § 8 who are in vocational training at a school or academy, completing a higher-education entrance qualification or studying.


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    There are different types of funding for different target groups. i.e. full or partial grants, government or bank loans.

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