Financial support for students with caring responsibilities

[Translate to English:] 3 Münzgeldstapel, aus denen junge Pflanze wächst

Parental allowance and parental allowance plus

Parental allowance and parental allowance plus

Parental allowance compensates for a lack of income when parents care for their child after birth. Parents who want to share work and family responsibilities as partners are especially supported by parental allowance plus.

Information on how to apply of the city of Dresden
Information from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Support from the Studentenwerk

Aid for pregnant students

If you are pregnant and have a low income, you can apply for a grant from the Dresdner Studentenwerk.

Information from the Studentenwerk for the aid for pregnant students


Support in financial emergencies

If you find yourself in a temporary financial emergency during your studies that is not your own fault, you can apply for a grant from the Studentenwerk.

Information on aid for students in temporary social emergencies


The advantage of scholarships over Bafög is that you do not have to repay the funding and, in addition to financial support, you also receive non-material support.

Most scholarships are not explicitly advertised for students with family or caring responsibilities. However, family responsibilities are often taken into account in the application and the amount of the scholarship. The Begabtenförderungswerke, for example, pay family supplements and may provide funding beyond the standard period of study.

For a semester abroad with a child, the MAWISTA scholarship programme is recommended, which also supports international students who are managing their studies abroad in Germany with a child.