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Apply for a training allowance


If you have a disability and are participating in certain educational activities, you can apply to the Employment Agency for financial support to secure your livelihood. The amount of the training allowance depends on how high the need rate of the training allowance is and how high your income, that of your parents and that of your spouse or registered partner is. Income only plays a role during vocational training.

You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses, such as rent, clothing or food. The training allowance is based on general needs and is generalised.

The amount of the training allowance depends on

  • the action in which you are participating, and
  • the type of accommodation, i.e. where you will be accommodated during the measure. This can be, for example, with your parents or in a dormitory, with the trainer, in your own household, in a boarding school or in a special institution for disabled people.

In the case of vocational training, they usually receive the training allowance for a permit period of 18 months. Depending on the training measure, your training allowance can also be granted for a shorter period of time or extended after the 18 months.

You will also receive training allowance for holiday periods if these are within the measure and the Employment Agency has recognised them as part of the measure.

If you interrupt your participation for health reasons, you will continue to receive the training allowance until the end of the third full calendar month following the onset of the illness, but no later than the scheduled end of your measure. The day of illness is part of this three-month period.

For absences for reasons other than health, you are only entitled to training allowance if the Employment Agency recognises an important reason for the interruption of participation. Important reasons include, for example:

  • Marriage
  • Birth of a child
  • Change of residence
  • Attendance of a court date

The training allowance is paid monthly retrospectively. If you are not entitled to training allowance for the full month, you will receive one thirtieth of the monthly amount for each calendar day.

The training allowance is paid to you as a subsidy, you do not have to repay it.

You must apply for the training allowance in writing:

  • Make an appointment for a consultation with your employment agency.
  • During the consultation, the different calculation bases and requirements that influence the amount of the training allowance are clarified.
  • There you will also receive the necessary forms.
  • Fill out the forms and submit them to the Employment Agency together with the necessary documents.
  • You will then receive the notification by post.


  • If your training lasts longer than 18 months, the Employment Agency will automatically send you a questionnaire in good time. Fill it out and return the questionnaire with the necessary documents to the Employment Agency so that you can continue to receive your training allowance.
  • You have a disability.
  • It is basically your first professional training.
  • You are taking part in a pre-vocational training measure, including basic training, or
  • You take part in an individual company qualification as part of the supported employment or
  • They are in the initial procedure or in the vocational training area of a workshop for disabled people or with another service provider.
  • You are not entitled to a transitional allowance.
  • Proof of your income in the case of vocational training (e.g. parents' tax assessment, certificate from the training institution on training allowance)
  • Copy of your training contract for vocational training
  • Further information on the required documents can be found in the application form.

The training allowance must be applied for before the training or measure begins.

Note: If you submit the application after your training or measure has begun, the training allowance will only be paid from the beginning of the month in which you submitted the application.

  • If submitted before the start of the training or measure: about 1 month after the start of the training or measure
  • When submitting the questionnaire after the start of the training or measure: about 1 month
  • Forms: on request
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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