Over the past 40 million students have achieved achievements based on the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). "BAföG is and will remain success story because it stands for more equal opportunities in the education system," said Federal Education Minister Annette Schavan (CDU) on the 40th birthday of the funding in September.
In 2010 around 324,000 schoolchildren and almost 600,000 students received BAföG funding. With around 916,000 sponsors, this is high since reunification. The total expenditures of the federal government, which bears 65 percent of the costs, and the federal states reached record level of almost 2.9 billion euros in 2010. According to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, important changes to BAföG are the 2008 reform, which, among other things, significantly expanded the number of foreigners eligible for funding. As result of this new regulation, the number of those receiving support rose by almost 42 percent compared to 2007. hil