The information provided here is non-binding. Legal and financial regulations may differ significantly depending on your nationality. Some measures may be accessible to EU citizens but not to third-country nationals.
FOR NON-EU CITIZENS, APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE CAN LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR RESIDENCE PERMIT.
In such cases, the Frankfurt Association for the Support of International Students (Frankfurter Verein zur Unterstützung internationaler Studierender e. V.) might be the only possibility to obtain financial assistance.
Special rules currently apply in many areas for Ukrainian refugees.
If in doubt, please contact the respective advisory services linked to this website.
With the help of the Information Tool for Families (Infotool für Familien) of Germany's Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, you can quickly establish which benefits and assistance you and your family can claim. Unfortunately, there is no English translation. If in doubt, please request help.
The Family Portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (familienportal) provides a good overview of family benefits in different circumstances. It is available in several languages.
The Ministry's service hotline can answer any specific questions: +49-(0)30-201-79130. It is not clear whether staff speak languages other than German.
You can find an overview of advisory services at Goethe University Frankfurt here.
To clarify individual claims and questions regarding how to finance your studies, we recommend going to the Advising Centre of Frankfurt StudentServices (Studierendenwerk Frankfurt am Main) in the lecture hall complex on Westend Campus, which is specialised in this topic and in this context also has students with family responsibilities in mind.
You can find comprehensive information on possible financial support for international students on the website of our university’s Global Office.
In relation to state education and training assistance, there are meanwhile numerous special rules for students with family responsibilities. For example:
· Childcare subsidies
· Support if students interrupt their studies
· Extension of financial assistance, etc.
For an initial overview, please also note the compact brochure on State Funding, Educational Loans and Emergency Support published by the Global Office of Goethe University Frankfurt.
Parental allowance (Elterngeld) is a form of compensation for loss of income due to parental leave (Elternzeit).
The amount depends on the person's income in the last 12 months before the child's birth and is on average about 65% of their net income. Parents with a low income are eligible for up to 100% of their lost net income.
Parents who had no earned income prior to the child's birth are eligible for the minimum allowance.
The Parental Allowance Calculator and Planner (Elterngeldrechner mit Planer), which you can find in the Family Portal (familienportal) of Germany's Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, can help you to calculate how much parental allowance you are likely entitled to. Unfortunately, the calculator is only available in German.
You can find a detailed overview of the rules on parental allowance in the Family Portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (familienportal). It is available in several languages.
Parental leave and parental allowance for foreign nationals are explained on the following website of the Federal Government: make-it-in-germany.com.
Child benefit can be paid for own, foster or adopted children, grandchildren, children of the spouse or the civil partner from birth until the age of 18 – in certain cases also beyond that age. Furthermore you have to belong to one of the following groups of persons:
This list is not exhaustive. Possible claims based on international and supranational law or the Federal Child Benefits Act are not taken into account here.
You can find more information about this in the Family Portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (familienportal).
You can find details of the current amount as well as further information on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.
You can submit your application online after the birth.
The hotline of the Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse) is at your disposal under +49-(0)-800-4555530 (free of charge within Germany's fixed-line network).
Maternity allowance compensates for loss of income when an (expectant) mother is not allowed to work during her pregnancy or after childbirth, e.g. during the maternity protection periods.
You can find out more about the different types of maternity allowance in the Family Portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (familienportal).
If students are entitled to a grant under the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (BAföG), this initially precludes them from drawing unemployment benefit. This applies even if you are basically eligible for such a grant but do not actually receive one.
There are, however, a number of hardship cases that allow for an interest-free loan under Social Code Book II or a subsidy/loan under Social Code Book XII.
Please be sure to seek individual advice from Frankfurt Student Services (Studierendenwerk Frankfurt am Main) and independent social counselling services before submitting an application, as under certain circumstances an application might jeopardise your residence status.
Good to know:
The authorities responsible might approve one-off grants for maternity clothes or a baby layette.
Children are generally not affected by the exclusion rules for students. They have their own independent claim, so that in the event that an application for what is known as the “benefit community" (Bedarfsgemeinschaft) is rejected, an independent application for the child is still possible.
In addition, children of parents drawing unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld II), social benefit (Sozialgeld), social welfare (Sozialhilfe), supplementary child allowance (Kinderzuschlag) or housing benefit (Wohngeld) are entitled to benefits for education and participation (see below).
You can find more information about this on the website of the City of Frankfurt (in German only).
The purpose of education and participation benefits (also known as “Educational Package" (Bildungspaket)) is to support children whose parents are drawing unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld II), social benefit (Sozialgeld), social welfare (Sozialhilfe), supplementary child allowance (Kinderzuschlag) or housing benefit (Wohngeld). For example, the cost of nursery, pre-school and school excursions or dinner money can be covered.
You can find more information on the website of the City of Frankfurt (in German only).
The Federal Foundation – Mother and Child provides assistance in financially difficult situations for expenses related to pregnancy and birth, such as maternity clothes or a baby layette. There is no legal entitlement to this support, benefits depend on the respective emergency situation and are means-tested.
Applications for financial support should be submitted to pregnancy counselling centres, e.g. pro familia, Workers' Welfare Association (Arbeiterwohlfahrt), Caritas, Federation of Welfare Associations in Germany (Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband), German Red Cross (Deutscher Rotes Kreuz), Diakonisches Werk (a charitable organisation of Protestant churches in Germany), donum vitae, Catholic Women's Welfare Service (Sozialdienst katholischer Frauen) or the pregnancy counselling centres of the cities and districts (and not to the foundation).
The Frankfurt Pass is a service provided by the City of Frankfurt for low-income households with their first place of residence in Frankfurt. It entitles families to many concessions at public institutions in the city and on public transport.
You can find detailed information on the website of the City of Frankfurt (in German only).
As a supplement to child benefit, parents on a low income can receive supplementary child allowance if they have enough income for themselves but it does not cover all the family’s needs.
You can find more about this in the Family Portal of the Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (familienportal).
The purpose of the Culture Pass (Kulturpass) is to enable unemployed persons and people on a low income in Frankfurt to participate in the city's rich cultural portfolio. The pass, which is issued by the association Kultur für ALLE e. V., costs €1 per year for adults and 50 cents for children and enables holders to visit about 200 cultural institutions.
Detailed information can be found on the association's website: Kultur für ALLE e. V. (in German only).
Children in after-school facilities and extended school care (Erweiterte Schulische Betreuung) as well as children newly admitted to nursery school up to 3 months before their third birthday (early admissions (vorgezogene Aufnahmen)) can be entitled to a reduction in fees. Applications for a reduction in fees (in German only) can be submitted to the Municipal Education Authority of the City of Frankfurt (Stadtschulamt Frankfurt am Main).
All information about advance maintenance payments can be found in the Family Portal of the Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (familienportal).
To ensure adequate and family-friendly accommodation, there is the possibility to apply for housing benefit. It can make sense for those persons to apply for housing benefit who are drawing unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld ALG I), have a “mini job" or are supported by their partner or family. Whether housing benefit is granted depends on the following factors:
A combination of housing benefit and unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld ALG II) within a benefit community (Bedarfsgemeinschaft) is possible under certain circumstances.
Note: You can use the housing benefit calculator on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (Wohngeldrechner) (in German only) to find out whether you are in principle eligible for housing benefit.
You can find further information about housing benefit on the website of the City of Frankfurt (in German only).
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Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
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