DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
TU Clausthal is a public institution, and as such, requires no tuition fee. For the cost of living in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, however, one must be prepared to take into account at least 600 € per month. Those already granted asylum may apply for financial support through the BAföG legislation.
Recognised refugees (recognised asylum seekers, refugees who have been awarded refugee status and/or subsidiary protection, Section 8 Para. 2 No. 1 of the Federal Law on Support in Education, (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz, BAföG)) can apply for BAföG funding (https://www.xn--bafg-7qa.de/de/-8-staatsangehoerigkeit-224.php - site available in German only), regardless of how long they have been in Germany.
You can also earn €4,800 a year as a BAföG recipient. From 1 January 2016, the same will apply to those with "exceptional leave to remain" (Duldung) status and those with a residence permit on humanitarian grounds who have been living in Germany for 15 months (period of prior stay).
Asylum seekers whose asylum application is still pending cannot apply for BAföG. They receive support under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act (Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz, AsylbLG). They will have the right to work after three months, but only after a priority examination (Vorrangprüfung) has been conducted.