Unemployment benefit (ALG II/social benefit)

Unemployment benefit (ALG II)

Students can apply for leave of absence on account of sickness, pregnancy and parenting. They are entitled to claim unemployment benefit during this time. Single parents and pregnant students may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to an allowance to meet additional requirements.

Income support

Children of students have an independent entitlement to income support (benefits for relatives deemed unable to work per the provisions of German Social Security Statute Book II [SGB II]). Studying parents can thus apply for income support for any child under the age of 15 years whose income does not meet the requirements defined in SGB II. A child’s income is seen as consisting primarily of child benefit, its claim to maintenance and the child allowance.

Further information on this topic is available from your unemployment office or the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.