50 Years Studierendenwerk - 25 Years AFBG

Those who want to continue their professional education usually have to invest a lot: Work, time, commitment and money are necessary to successfully qualify in addition to the job and to achieve a higher degree. With the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (AFBG), also known as the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (Aufstiegs-BAföG), the Kassel Student Union supports participants who are undergoing upgrading training.
The then "Meister-BAföG" has been in existence since 1996, and has since enabled more than three million professional advancements to skilled workers, managers and independent entrepreneurs nationwide. These include more than 700 advanced training qualifications such as master craftswoman and master craftsman, educator, business administrator, technician and specialist.
The aim is to provide participants with financial support for their advanced vocational training on the one hand and to encourage them to set up their own businesses and undertake further training on the other.


A Modernized Law

In August 2020, the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (Aufstiegs-BAföG) was adapted to the individual needs of recipients, making it even more attractive for all those who want to take advantage of their opportunity to pursue a career in vocational training. In addition, for the first time, the support for living expenses will become a full grant (in the case of full-time advanced training) and does not have to be repaid.
Since the law was amended, Studierendenwerk Kassel has been able to significantly increase the number of participants in courses and students at technical colleges with the Aufstiegs-BAföG. Further information is available at and, of course from the AFBG advisors at Studierendenwerk Kassel



Unlike scholarship programs, which regularly select the recipients of funding, the Aufstiegs-BAföG applies: anyone who meets the legal requirements is entitled to funding.
Participants receive a contribution to the costs of further education regardless of their income or assets. In the case of full-time measures, a contribution to living expenses is also possible. However, this is dependent on income and assets. The funding is provided in the form of a grant.
In this way, the AFBG contributes to securing and qualifying skilled workers and managers and thus also helps to secure Germany's innovative strength and competitiveness as a business location.


We Help With Career Advancement

The AFBG team of the Studierendenwerk is there for interested parties, participants, advises and clarifies queries or helps with filling out the application.