Criteria for student grants (BAFög)

Degree courses Bachelor of Computer Science, Applied Computer Science and Socioinformatics

In order to qualify for a student grant in the degree courses Bachelor of Computer Science, Applied Computer Science and Socioinformatics, the following criteria have to be met:
  • At least 70 credits by the end of the third semester (see avoiding a gap in funding).
  • By the end of the fourth semester one of the three below criteria has to be met:
    1. at least 90 credits
    2. at least 75 credits and the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor
    3. at least 60 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.
  • By the end of the fifth semester one of the three below criteria has to be met:
    1. at least 120 credits
    2. at least 100 credits and the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor
    3. at least 85 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.
  • By the end of the sixth semester the requirement is:
    • at least 110 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.
  • By the end of the seventh semester the requirement is:
    • at least 135 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.
  • By the end of the eighth semester the requirement is:
    • at least 160 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.

Bachelor Teaching Degree

In order to qualify for a student grant in the Bachelor Teaching degree course, the following criteria have to be met:

Master of Computer Science, Applied Computer Science and Socioinformatics

In order to qualify for a student grant in the courses Master of Computer Science, Applied Computer Science and Socioinformatics, the following criteria have to be met:
  • By the end of the fourth semester the requirement is:
    • at least 60 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.
  • By the end of the fifth semester the requirement is:
    • at least 90 credits, the presentation of a personal study plan agreed with a student advisor and criteria according to §15 BAföG paragraph 3 for the extension of the regular funding time.

Student advisors

The following people give advice to students regarding qualification for student grants. If you arrange a consultation with one of these advisors, please bring your study plan (table with all courses in the degree, which indicates which course is planned in which semester) and the BAFöG form.
  • Dr. Schürmann (managing director)
  • Prof. Schneider (deputy)
  • Hr. Bogner (study manager, deputy)

Further information about student grants (BAföG)

  • The new BAföG (a summary of all information)
  • BAföG legal text

    §15 BAföG paragraph 3

    Once the maximum period of time for grant qualification has expired, grants may still be given for an appropriate time according to the following factors:
    1. for serious reasons,
    2. (made void)
    3. due to participation in committees prescribed by law and statutory university and state institutions as well as in statutory bodies of the Student Union at these universities and “Studentenwerke”,
    4. as a result of failing the final exam for the first time,
    5. due to a disability, pregnancy or caring for and bringing up a child under ten years old
  • Avoiding a gap in funding after the fourth semester

    According to §48 paragraph 1, clause 1 BAföG, from the fifth semester onwards, students only qualify for grants if they provide a certificate according to numbers 1, 2 or 3. Students can hand in this certificate within 4 months after the start of the semester, as long as it certifies the status of the previous semester. Upon presentation of this certificate they receive a back payment. This results in a gap in funding. Students have to bridge the gap until they receive the back payment.

    As the law only stipulates that the certificate has to be issued after the start of the fourth semester, the semester completed at the time can also be the third semester. The important point is that the certificate isn’t issued before the start of the fourth semester. Upon presentation of the proof of suitability within the first 4 months of the fourth semester it would be sufficient if the student has achieved the usual results from three semesters.

    As long as students present proof of achievement with the level of 3 semesters within the first 4 months of the fourth semester and complete the application for further funding from the fifth semester, there wouldn’t be a gap in funding.