BAföG for extended period of study

The online semester has started! In order to provide the universities with the necessary legal regulations for digital teaching in addition to the technical requirements, the Ministry has issued a legal regulation that provides the universities with tools to enable them to maintain their teaching and study operations. The legal regulation is intended to enable online examinations and free attempts at examinations.

Extended standard period of study - what does this mean for BAföG? Furthermore, in view of the effects of the epidemic in the summer semester 2020, the individual standard period of study is to be extended by one semester for the students affected. Attention: The implementation is still being examined.

What needs to be done?
Even if the examination of the funding law has not yet been completed, every affected student that receives BAföG is recommended to submit an informal application for an extension as soon as possible - preferably in April, so that no deadlines are missed.

The application can be submitted by email to, stating the name and "Förderungsnummer", or handed in at the Infopoint daily between noon and 1 p.m..

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