When can I apply for BAföG?

To make sure you get your financial aid in time, we recommend applying for BAföG (first-time application) at least two months before your degree program begins.

Don’t even wait until you have all the required documents! You can turn in your application to us even if it is incomplete. Just remember to turn in the missing documents later. If you have any questions or problems, please give us a call, send us an email, or drop by our office. We are happy to help!

BAföG is always paid out on a full month-by-month basis.

  • This means you can even turn in your application on the last day of the month in which your degree program starts. If you do this, you can ensure that you’re eligible to receive BAföG funding from the beginning of the semester. But the aid won’t be paid out to you until later if you turn in your application this late.
  • To ensure that your financial aid will be in your bank account in the month when your studies begin, you’ll need to make sure to turn in your application much earlier.

Please note that in the case of BAföG applications made after a degree program has started, the financial aid will not be paid out retroactively to the beginning of the program. BAföG is not available as retroactive financial aid in this sense. You are eligible to receive BAföG aid starting in the month in which you turn in your application.