Training support - notifying the Federal Office of Administration of changes to personal details
If you have received training support, you need to notify the Federal Office of Administration of any change of address and change of name. If you neglect to notify the change, then you have to pay a fixed amount for the cost required to determine the address.
This is also the case, for example, if the change has already occurred but you had forgotten about it. It is not enough to notify the local Office for Education and Training that will support you until the support comes to an end.
The repayment of the loan starts five years after the end of the maximum period of the BAFöG grant (therefore this does not have to be five years after the end of your studies).
You will receive an annulment and repayment notice from the Federal Office of Administration approximately six months before the start of the repayments. This states the amount of the loan debt and the maximum period for which support will be provided. It also sets out the repayment period and the amount of the repayment instalments.
the Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt)
You can notify the Federal Office of Administration of the changed details by phone, in writing or online.
The following details are required:
- Surname (if applicable also former surname),
- First name
- Date of birth,
- Reference number (if you have already received correspondence from the BVA) or
- Grant number (stated on the last BAFöG confirmation) as well as
- The new and the old address.
Information for borrowers who are released from the obligation to repay the loan
If, upon application, you have been released from the obligation to repay the loan for a specific duration in the repayment phase by the BVA, due to the fact that your income is too low, then you have to notify the BVA any change in your family relations and income situation in writing and without delay by email.
You can only obtain an exemption for repayment instalments that are not yet due. You need to notify the Federal Office of Administration of any changes to your family circumstances or incomes immediately in writing or via the BAföG online form entitled “Notification of change”.
If you neglect to notify the authority, then you will be changed a flat rate of 25 euros or higher costs depending on the expense incurred in determining the address.
The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart released it on 16.10.2016. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.