Postgraduate studies: The end of the BaföG

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However, the regulations for the promotion of non-consecutive and further-reaching master's and MBA courses are much more complex than in consecutive courses, since the exact differentiation of the individual training sections is very important. Whether or not you have worked through it, apart from the rules for the highest age, is not important.

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Vocational training


BAföG according to § 7,1, as a grant and a loan, you only receive a first professional qualification, for example at a university. With the attainment of a vocational qualification, the grant claim is then exhausted.

It is unimportant whether you have received BAföG during this time or not. Vocational education and training is an education that provides basic vocational training or professional skills and, as a rule, a vocational qualification beyond the continuing general education system.

Basic studies


Such a qualification is, for example, a first, basic degree to a master's degree, a bachelor's degree or a master's degree (see this important distinction above). If you start a non-consecutive or further education master, you are already a student, behind you and you are no longer eligible for funding according to § 7,1.

However, if you complete this first vocational training in less than three years, you will be eligible for further training according to BAföG § 7,1 - even if the three-year period is considerably exceeded. Only the promotion of a third training would then take place according to § 7,2 BAföG.

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Basic education


But there are also trainings which do not exhaust the basic claim on BAföG according to § 7,1. Operational training, for example, which is not carried out at a training center under which BAföG can be funded, does not consume the basic promotion entitlement according to BAföG § 7,1.

Also general education, which according to BAföG § 7,1 are indefinitely eligible until the attainment of the university entrance qualification, without thereby the basic promotion claim is touched. Therefore, general education is not a "further education" within the meaning of BAföG § 7,2 even if a vocational qualification has already been obtained. Conclusion: If you have completed an occupational or general education education, but no study or other Aushaben you continue to be entitled to BAföG under § 7,1.

Attention - exhausting the BAföG claim also abroad


A vocational qualification is a qualification even if it has been acquired abroad and enables it to work there. With the exception of a company or general education, the entitlement to BAföG according to § 7,1 is also used here. An international study is therefore also a qualification qualifying as a professional qualification.

And anyone who has acquired a vocational qualification abroad, then starts at home earlier and then resumes interrupted education abroad, is not entitled to basic education, but to the promotion of a second education.

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  2. Ulf

    A very interesting article, Simone!

    I completed my first degree with the "Bachelor of Business Administration" at a university in the Netherlands. This university is according to "anabin" a private university with the status H +. This class is described as follows: "Institutions of this type are in the respective country of origin in a significant way recognized as colleges (accredited, certified, among others) and to be regarded as a university in Germany."

    Since this was an 8-semester extra-occupational study course, the application for BAFöG was of course no longer necessary (my regular income excluded a grant). I can not judge a general eligibility.

    Based on a commercial education (IHK-degree) I was also working for several years, before I took my MBA full-time study at a private - state-recognized - German university.
    I can not apply for an independent BAFöG because I have lived at home so far. Because of my age (<30 years) and my status as a full-time student (without income), I am entitled to apply for BAFöG.

    But now I'm in doubt because I already have a IHK degree, first degree and professional experience.

    Do I only receive BAföG for a master's degree program if this is based on a bachelor's degree? In my case, this could be argued in the same way as the BBA is pursuing an MBA (the MBA is not a consecutive, but a further-education master's degree course, which is also accessible to other departments!).
    Since I already have another university degree (see anabin classification) in my pocket, is a master's program only in a special case (consecutive?) Promoted as a second education.

    Dear forum members, please let me know how you rate my chances of receiving a BAFöG grant for the MBA program.

    Thanks in advance for your answers and assessments!

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Ulf,
      these are again these decided legal questions in a particular case, which I am not allowed to answer! mE answers your question, however, also with the second section of the blog article, since you have already done an initial job-qualifying degree. In addition, EU countries are treated at BAföG like Germany a few years ago. If in doubt, I would simply ask your BAföG office. Perhaps, however, has another reader also had other experiences?
      Another tip: The blog post belongs to a whole series on construction studies and funding. Perhaps you can still find financing alternatives?
      Simone Janson

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