The BAföG is the main German state-sponsored student support scheme. Students enrolled at a German university who have exceeded the standard period of study (Regelstudienzeit) set in their study plan, therefore being excluded from regular BAföG funding, can still receive a monthly stipend of up to 670 euro a month as a interest-bearing bank loan (the exact amount depends on various factors including the housing and health insurance situation of the applicant, as well as the income, savings, and assets of the applicant, and those of his/her spouse or parents). Funding will be provided for a maximum of 12 months.
Applicants must be enrolled in the final year of a non-doctoral degree course taught at a higher education institution headquartered in Germany. These scholarships are means-tested. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Germany; the age limit for candidates is set at 30 years if they are studying a Bachelor´s degree and 35 years for Master´s degree students.