More than 1.8 billion euros, plans to spend the Federal government for a Reform of the Bafög. Students and pupils are supposed to get from the fall of 2019, significantly more student loan. The draft law of the Minister of education, Anja Karliczek (CDU). The plans are this Friday, the topic of a hearing of associations in the Federal Ministry of education in Berlin.

The maximum percentage of the total is expected to rise from the winter semester of 2019 of € 735 in two levels by 2020 to a total of around 850 Euro. Him students not living with parents, and even health insurance.

The maximum sentence is made up of three components: The basic requirement is to first of all rise to five and then to two percent. Disproportionately increased the housing Supplement for students who do not live with their parents. He rises from 250 to 325 euros. Be raised by the supplements for the health and nursing care insurance.

The amounts to be raised

in Addition, it is planned that allowances for the income of the parents in three steps to 2021angehoben to a total of 16 percent. So more students will benefit from the Bafög.

The exemption amount for assets is increasing in 2020, therefore, currently 7500 to 8200 euros. The Assets allowances for apprentices with maintenance obligations in respect of their own spouses, life partners and children will increase from 2100 to 2300 euros.


Who was promoted should not have to fear also a life-long debt. A former Bafög may not eradicate-the recipient of the loan proportion due to the poor economic conditions within the next 20 years, he gets according to the plans the remainder of the debt issued. In the past, you had to only pay back half the money, and a maximum of 10,000 euros, in monthly Installments.

increase is to be criticized low

The Secretary General of Deutsches Studentenwerk Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, the Reform, however: “For a real trend, major improvements are needed,” he told the news Agency dpa.

Meyer auf der Heyde, in particular, the small increase in the required rates is critical. The basic package should not only rise from 399 to 427 Euro, but must be between 500 and 550 Euro so that the demand will be met.

in Addition, should the higher housing allowance, especially freshmen, are sufficient in the case of new lettings, hardly, he said. The Federal government should not depend on the rising of living allowance in addition to the great bell. “Because landlords may be encouraged to take higher Rents.”

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The Green education expert Kai Gehring has accused the CDU and the SPD, to have the student loans by numerous zero and doing nothing in an all-time low, pushed “Minister Karliczek is not ironed out with this amendment, the failures of the last few years,” said Gehring of the dpa.

“The negative spiral to the Bafög is finally broken,” he said. Funding rates and exemption amounts would have to rise to the next Semester by at least ten percent. The residential funding should be regionally differentiated. In the Bundestag had to be made from the plans for a “half-baked Reform” is now a real progress.

The number of Bafög-recipients has been falling for years. In the year 2017, about 225,000 students and of 557,000 students received, according to the Federal statistical office, the state education funding – a total of about 41,000, or five percent less than the year before. As per head, but more has been paid out, increased state spending by about 70 million to 2.9 billion euros.

Five years earlier, 308.000 students and 671.000 students Bafög received. In light of this significant decline in the CDU, CSU and SPD had agreed in the coalition agreement, “to achieve by 2021 a reversal of the trend”.


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