BAföG - Financial aid from the German government

Students, who are unable to finance their studies on their own, can apply for financial assistance from the German government (BAföG). The amount of BAföG financing is calculated on the basis of various criteria – particularly one's parents' income. Half of the amount is granted as a interest-free loan which must be paid back after graduation. The other half is a non-repayable student grant.

Non-German students may also be eligible to receive this type of financial aid under certain circumstances, e.g. students from EU countries and Switzerland. Furthermore, stateless individuals, members of certain refugee groups, persons entitled to political asylum and foreign spouses of German citizens are also entitled to BAföG support.

For detailed information on BAföG, please visit the website of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Visit the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) [de]

For advice and assistance with completing the BAföG application, please contact the Training Assistance Office of the Studierendenwerk Münster:


The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Deutsches Studentenwerk operate a joint toll-free hotline for questions concerning BAföG. You can reach the operators from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 8 pm at +49 (0)800 2236341.

Information from the Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB)

The Student Advice and Counselling Centre (ZSB) provides general information on the topic and supports prospective and current students with regard to social and economic questions and problems that arise during their studies.

Information on BAföG from the ZSB [de]

Information for refugees

Recognised refugees who wish to study at the University of Münster can also contact the International Office for more information and assistance with applying for BAföG funding.

Visit the International Office