My first objective was “I will learn what BAfoG forms are and the reason for/purpose of filling them out. I will be trained by an accounting assistant. I will have to learn what documents to attach and to follow certain procedures to comply with German government requirements. In the beginning, the accounting assistant will review the completed form for accuracy and approve (afterwards, I will be completing the forms independently). Once the form is ready, I will email the student and inform them to come pick it up. Or if there is an issue and there is some additional action needed by the student, I will also be the one to contact the student.” Before I began the task I had no prior knowledge of this German government requirement for student aid and was completely new to international student programs.
Over the course of the semester, I have become familiar with the German law covering student loans and grants for their students studying abroad. As a student myself, I have had to fill out long and tedious forms to get financial aid from our federal government; therefore, I had some general knowledge of student aid programs. The BAfoG form that German students must submit to their government could be looked at as a verification process, set up to make sure students are enrolled in full-time courses and in regular attendance. It also establishes the official billed cost for tuition that is charged to the student, which the German government will then reimburse to the student, provided the form is accurately filled out and the student meets course requirements as well as the family income guidelines set by law. From personal experience, this appears to be similar to the verification process that the financial aid office follows to insure that students who get federal aid meet the requirements. As this is my third year in college, I have some understanding how financial aid works and I used that knowledge for this assignment.
The BAfoG form...