"How do you finance your studies? Do you receive BAföG?"

You will certainly hear these questions more often before or during your studies. However, what does the term BAföG actually mean? BAföG (educational grant) is the official abbreviation for the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act. Colloquially speaking, BAföG refers to the financial support that you can apply for at the BAföG Agency, if you want to study and need financial support.

It is money from the state, so to speak, which you receive in monthly payments. It is half a grant and half a loan without interest. According to the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act, every young person, regardless of his or her individual, social and economic situation, should be able to complete an education and receive the necessary support.

In order to receive BAföG, you must meet certain requirements and apply for it at the BAföG Agency of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe.

We are mandated by law to work for all students of the following universities:
  • Karlsruhe
  • Pforzheim
  • Bad Liebenzell
Find out how, when and where you can apply for BAföG:

The Financial Support Agency of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe (BAföG Agency) is exclusively responsible for students of the universities in Karlsruhe, Pforzheim and Liebenzell.
The city of Karlsruhe is responsible for pupils, trainees or applicants for the so-called foreman BAföG (AFBG, Advancement Promotion Act) residing in Karlsruhe.
The processing time is approx. 2-3 months. Since most students submitted their applications during the winter semester, it can take a bit more than 12 weeks at times.
Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe
Amt für Ausbildungsförderung Karlsruhe
Adenauerring 7
76131 Karlsruhe

Switchboard: +49 721 6909–177
Mon and We. 9:00 – 15:00
Fri 9:00 – 12:00

E-mail: bafoeg@sw-ka.de

BAföG helpdest in the beratungsWERK of the Dining Hall am Adenauerring:
Mon-Thu 10:00-14:00
Fri 10:00-12:00
You have to submit an application. You can submit a complete application with the form 1. If you do not manage to submit all documents together with the form 1 in time, you can first submit an informal application in order to meet the deadline and hand in all documents together with Form 1 later. This ensures that you do not miss the earliest possible time to receive BAföG. The start is the day of the month in which the training begins. If you submit it later, you can only receive BAföG from the month of the application.

The team of the BAföG Agency can only approve your entitlement to funding if they receive your application with your signature! This includes the inbox stamp of the Financial Support Agency.

For forms, tips on how to fill out and further answers to your questions, see the Download form and BAföG-ABC.

Feel free to contact the person responsible for you at the BAföG Agency. See "Your consultants".

Alternatively, you can also submit your application as an eApplication:
Digital BAföG - Apply now online!
+++ Note: The capacity of the file size when uploading is currently limited to 1 MB. Alternatively, you can send us your documents via email, at bafoeg@sw-ka.de.

Please download the application forms here. +++

Here you can apply online: https://www.bafoeg-digital.de/

Get BAföG quickly and on time
Save time: we will guide you through the application quickly. You can submit the required documents later in order to meet deadlines. Your parents have to complete the application in a separate area.

Always check the processing status
Have you submitted your application? Digital BAföG informs you about the status, missing data or documents - via e-mail and in your account.

Apply and sign online for BAföG
Completely without paper documents: with the new identity card or the electronic residence permit, you can digitally sign and send your application.