Bafög application (archive picture)
Photo: Andrea Warnecke / dpa The number of the recipients of Bafög benefits for educational support has continued to decrease 2020. As the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced , fell the number around 41. 000 or six percent to now around 639. 000. The downward trend of previous years thus continued. The proportion of women was 58 Percent.
At the same time, according to the Federal Statistical Office, expenditure on student loans rose by 9.2 percent to around 2.9 Billion euro. On average, recipients received in the past year 556 euros per month. Those were 53 Euro or 10, 5 percent more than in the previous year. For students, the average amount according to the statistics authority 556 Euro (plus 60 Euro), for pupils 503 Euro (plus 30 Euro).
Slightly more than half of the recipients received full funding. Almost half received a partial grant, which is paid when the income of the recipient or the parents exceeds certain limits. Compared to the previous year, the number of those receiving full funding fell by 5.2 percent and that of those receiving partial funding by 6.9 percent.
The number of Bafög recipients has been falling for years. Last year received nationwide 680. 157 people this state support. Five years ago, according to the Federal Statistical Office, it was 822. 933 Funded.
Actually, this trend should be stopped: 2019 were the allowances for the assets of the students as well as for the income of the parents have been increased – more young people would therefore be entitled to the funding.
The Green Education Expert Kai Gehring already criticized the “downward slide” at the student loan on Wednesday. This was “the result of the inadequate and arbitrary student loans policy of the federal government,” he told the AFP news agency. Gehring called for a “new start” in educational funding with basic security for students and trainees. »The state financing of studies in Germany must finally become a lever for more social justice again. «