Most recently, Minister Stark-Watzinger was responsible for the eternal farce surrounding the relief measures, and now the BAföG rates remain at the same level. At the same time as BAföG rates are being raised, state support for students must also be adjusted. IG Metall in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt supports the Deutsches Studierendenwerk’s demand for an increase in the BAföG rate. The Deutsches Studierendenwerk (DSW) is the voluntary association of the 57 student and student services organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany. They fulfill public tasks of economic, social, health and cultural support for students at German universities.
"Anyone who doubts that students have to heat, eat, drink and live just like other social groups should try to make ends meet with the basic BAföG sum of 452 euros. Rents are exploding, energy prices are rising again, and shopping at the supermarket is a burden on the wallet. We have to make BAföG inflation-proof! It is unacceptable that students receive 812 euros per month in addition to their housing allowance - that is less than the subsistence level according to the Düsseldorf table and also below the minimum subsistence level for tax purposes. Especially in times of a shortage of skilled workers, we must not tighten our belts when it comes to training future employees," explains Johannes Katzan, IG Metall union secretary for student work and higher education.