What is a suitability assessor?

Suitability assessors are appointed by the respective university. Usually, they are full-time members of the teaching staff, e.g. professors, doctors, lecturers.

What are the tasks of suitability assessors?

Their task is to check the suitability of BAföG recipients at the boundary between the fourth and fifth semester. For this purpose, the infamous pink "Form 5" is issued.
You can download it here as a PDF file.

The suitability assessment is the responsibility of the competent suitability assessor. It is based on the performances achieved up to the time of the assessment (such as course attendance and tutorial certificates, examinations, etc.). Each suitability assessor decides independently what the suitability assessor wants to be submitted for assessment. However, if a suitability assessor is stingy with the proof (the positive confirmation of the usual performances), he does not necessarily have to mean it badly with you. Suitability assessors know: Those who at the end of their studies do not complete their studies within the maximum period of support must be able to give an important reason for the delay. Once the certificate of achievement has been issued, it is logically no longer possible to invoke possible reasons for delay prior to the issue.

What are your duties as a student?

Of course, towards the end of the fourth semester you have to contact the responsible suitability assessor yourself. Those who have not achieved the usual performance at that time lose their entitlement to support until they can prove by a positive suitability assessment that they have made up for their performance deficit.

For each main subject (e.g. teaching profession with 2 subjects, Bachelor's programme with 2 main subjects) a suitability assessment must be submitted (certificate of achievement).

So what to do if the certificate of achievement is not issued?

There is also a recipe for this: Apply to the Office for Education and Training Assistance for postponement of the certificate of achievement for a reasonable period of time and state the reason for the delay. If the reason is serious, your application can be granted. Otherwise, you have to make up the performance deficit as quickly as possible, as hard as that may be.

The legal basis and possible reasons for postponing the certificate of achievement are described on the back of Form 5.

Deadlines that you must observe?

When applying for BAföG benefits for the fifth and sixth semesters, please first note the deadline for applications for further support. They must always be submitted two months before the end of the current approval period. If your approval expires in September of a year and your fifth semester is therefore the winter semester, you must submit your application for further support by 31 July of the year. If your approval expires in March of a year and your fifth semester is therefore the summer semester, you must submit your application for further support by 31 January of the year.

If you submit your certificate of achievement (form 5) to us at the same time as your application for further support within the above deadlines, the suitability assessor must confirm the usual performance status by the end of your third semester. As soon as you submit the certificate of achievement later, e.g. on 15 August of the year, you will be required to confirm your usual performances for four semesters.

Note: Make sure that you submit the certificate of achievement (Form 5) in good time.


 3rd 4th semester 5th semester 6th
Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
  Presentation of the certificate of achievement to the Office for Education and Training Assistance by 31 July;

Confirmation of performances of 3 semesters achieved until the end of March.
If the certificate of achievement is presented in the period from 1 August to 31 January, the performances of 4 semesters must be confirmed which were achieved by the end of September. If the certificate of achievement is presented as of 1 February, confirmation of the performances of 5 semesters achieved by March is necessary.
  This means that if you submit your application for further support for the 5th semester in good time by 31 July, the performance level of 3 semesters is sufficient. If you submit your application during this period, payment may be interrupted between the 4th and 5th semester.
If the application is received by the end of October, for example, but the certificate of achievement is not submitted until January, for example, retroactive approval can be granted from October.
Even if the application was already submitted in October, support can only be awarded from the time of submission of the certificate of achievement.


Suitability assessors, structured according to universities and fields of education

Deggendorf | Landshut | Passau | Universität Regensburg | OTH Regensburg

  Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (THD)

All faculties
Prof. Dr. Berg 
(Substitute: Ms. Dr. von Randow) - 
Please submit form 5 at the study centre.

European Campus Rottal-Inn in Pfarrkichern (Site of Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (THD))

Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (THD)

All faculties
Prof. Dr. Georg Steckenbauer

  Hochschule Landshut

Internationale Betriebswirtschaft (International Business)
Prof. Dr. Strunz (Chairman of the examination committee)
Elektro- und Informationstechnik,
Internationaes Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen

Automobilwirtschaft und -technik
Biomedizinische Technik
(Engeriewirtschaft und -technik)
Prof. Dr. Tippmann-Krayer (Dean)
Prof. Dr. Jaud (Vice Dean)
Prof. Dr. Nazareth (Dean)
Automobil- und Nutzfahrzeugtechnik
(Energie- und Leichtbautechnik)
Prof. Dr. Klaus (Chairman of the examination committee)
Soziale Arbeit
Kinder- und Jugendhilfe
Prof. Dr. C. Dannenbeck (Chairman of the examination committee)
Hebamme weiterqualifizierend

Prof. Dr. Benner (Dean)

   Universität Passau

Wirtschaftswissenschaften Prof. Dr. Totzek
Rechtswissenschaften Prof. Dr. Würdinger
Informatik / Mathematik Dr. Röder
Lehramt Grundschule, Mittelschule, Realschule und Gymnasium
auch Lehramt Katholische Religionslehrer (as of Winter semester 2011/2012)
Prof. Dr. Bernert
Substitute: Ms. Karasek, M. Fuchs
Modellstudiengang zum Erwerb von Bildungsvoraussetzungen für das Lehramt an Realschulen
(Bachelor of Education - B.Ed.)
Prof. Dr. Mägdefrau
Substitute: Ms. Karasek, M. Fuchs
Bildungs- und Erziehungsprozesse
(Master of Education - M.Ed.)
Prof. Dr. Mägdefrau
Substitute: Ms. Karasek, M. Fuchs
B.A. / M.A. European Studies (Major) Dorothea Will
B.A. / M.A. Governance and Public Policy - Staatswissenschaften Dorothea Will
B.A. Sprach- und Textwissenschaft Dorothea Will
B.A. / M.A. Medien und Kommunikation Dr. Christian Dölle
B.A. / M.A. Kulturwirtschaft / International Cultural and Buisness Studies Dr. Christian Dölle
Diplomstudiengang "Sprachen, Wirtschafts- und Kulturraumstudien" Prof. Dr. Kamm
B.A. Historische Kulturwissenschaften Prof. Dr. Trempler
M.A. Geschichte Prof. Dr. Kraus
M.A. Text und Kultursemiotik Prof. Dr. Decker
M.A. North and Latin American Studies Prof. Dr. Fitz
M.A. Geographie Prof. Dr. Struck
M.A. Russian and East Central European Studies Prof. Dr. Uffelmann
M.A. South East Asian Studies Prof. Dr. Korff
M.A. Caritaswissenschaften Prof. Dr. Fonk
M.A. Development Studies Prof. Dr. Padmanabhan

   Universität Regensburg

Katholische Theologie Prof. Dr. Merkt
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Demel
Rechtswissenschaften Prof. Dr. Müller
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Walter
Wirtschaftswissenschaften Prof. Dr. Kindermann
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Röder
Form 5 and the study certificates must be submitted to the Examination Office beforehand.
Fakultät für Philosophie, Kunst-, Geschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften Prof. Dr. Fricke (Dean)
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Walter-Rogg (Vice Dean)
Form 5 and the study certificates must be submitted to the respective institutes.
Institut für Evangelische Theologie Apl. Prof. Dr. Kothmann
Institut für Geschichte
Dr. Köglmeier
Martin Götz M.A.
Institut für Geographie Prof. Dr. Klein
Institut für Klassische Archäologie Dr. Bergmann
Institut für Kunsterziehung Dr. Starzinger
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Eiglsperger
Institut für Kunstgeschichte PD Dr. Robin Rehm
Institut für Musikwissenschaften Dr. Katelijne Schiltz (Musikwissenschaften)
Prof. Dr. Gaul (Musikpädagogik)
Institut für Philosophie Prof. Dr. Rott
Prof. Dr. Schönberger
Institut für Politikwissenschaften Prof. Dr. Macków
Institut für Soziologie Dr. Herdegen
Fakultät für Psychologie, Pädagogik und Sportwissenschaften Prof. Dr. Kudielka (Dean)
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Munser-Kiefer (Vice Dean)
Form 5 and the study certificates must be submitted to the respective institutes.
Institut für Psychologie Prof. Dr. Wüst
Institut für Pädagogik Agnes Cichy (Allgemeine Pädagogik)
PD Dr. Suggate (Schulpädagogik)
Dr. Hitzler (Grundschulpädagogik)
Institut für Sportwissenschaften Dr. Stefanie Pietsch
Fakultät für Sprach- und Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften Prof. Dr. Rössler (Dean)
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Nekula (Vice Dean)
Form 5 and the study certificates must be submitted to the respective institutes.
Institut für Romanistik PD Dr. Endruschat
Laura Cano
Bohemicum Prof. Dr. Nekula
Institut für Information und Medien, Sprache und Kultur
Dr. Konnerth (allg. und vergl. Sprachwissenschaft)
Dr. Trummer (vergl. Kulturwissenschaft)
PD. Dr. Reischer (Informationswissenschaft)
Dr. Wimmer (Medieninformatik)
Dr. Ottmann (Medienwissenschaft)
Institut für klassische Philologie
Prof. Dr. Jan-Wilhelm Beck (Latein)
Dr. Andreas Hagmaier
Dr. Rainer Held
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik Dr. Bauridl (Amerikanistik)
Dr. Decker (Anglistik)
Dr. Schleburg (engl. Sprachwissenschaft)
Institut für Deutsche Philologie
Prof. Dr. Thurmair (DaF)
Prof. Dr. Schulz (ÄdL)
Andreas Legner (Sprachwissenschaft)
Dr. Steltz (NdL)
Prof. Rohmer (NdL)
Institut für Slavische Philologie
Dr. Natalie Brüggemann
Institiut für Klassische Philologie
Prof. Dr. Rechenauer
Dr. Gruber
Mathematik Prof. Dr. Gubler
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Finster
Physik Prof. Dr. Braun
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Schüller
Chemie Prof. Dr. Matysik
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Schlossmann
Pharmazie Prof. Dr. Schlossmann
Stubstitute: Prof. Dr. Matysik/Prof. Dr. Sigurd Elz
Biologie u. Vorklinikum Medizin Prof. Dr. Dresselhaus (Biologie)
Prof. Dr. Witzgall (Medizin)
Medizin (Humanmedizin) Prof. Dr. Jägele
Substitute:  Prof. Dr. Hohenleutner
Zahnmedizin Prof. Dr. Handel
Substitute:  Prof. Dr. Hohenleutner

   Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH)

All faculties                            Prof. Dr. Ralph Schneider
Substitute: Prof. Dr. Klaudia Winkler
Please submit Form 5 and the study certificates to the Service Office of the Department of Studies (Prüfeninger Str. 58).