On this page you will find answers to some of the most common questions student have about state education grant and their opportunities when becoming a parent while studying. You will also find answers about how to apply for extra support if you have to extend your studies due to illness.
If you are expecting a baby while enrolled in a higher education programme you will be entitled to 12 extra monthly state education grant portions due to maternity. Therefore, you should not apply for leave from your studies on maternity grounds, since in that case you would lose your entitlements in the Danish Students' Grants and Loans Scheme.
If you are an expectant father and are enrolled in a higher education programme, you will be entitled to six extra monthly state education grant portions, irrespective of whether the child's mother is also a student.
If you are both students enrolled in a higher education programme, the mother may transfer up to six of her monthly state education grant portions to the father. You must yourself apply for state education grant maternity entitlements on the "Min-SU" website.
Together with the state education grant and student loans - or loans to complete studies - students with dependents can take a supplementary student loan. The extra student loan cannot be paid out at the same time as the extra state education grant in connection with maternity.
If you are a sole breadwinner, or cohabiting parents who both receive the state education grant, you/you both will be eligible for a supplementary grant. Please note that the supplementary grant cannot be paid out at the same time as extra monthly state education grant portions in connection with maternity.
❶ You have been part of the labour market on an uninterrupted basis during the last 13 weeks before the commencement of your maternity leave, and you were employed for at least 120 hours during this period. You may have had several terms of employment, but it is a requirement that you were employed immediately prior to the commencement of your leave. The conditions for eligibility for maternity benefit must be fulfilled no later than when the child is born.
❷ You would have been entitled to unemployment benefit if you had not taken maternity leave.
❸ Within the last month before the birth of the child, you have completed a vocational training programme of at least 18 months' duration. In this case, there is no requirement of membership of an unemployment insurance fund.
❹ You have completed a vocational training programme of at least 18 months' duration after the birth of the child, but within the ordinary maternity leave period (46 weeks after the birth of the child). In this case, you are entitled to maternity benefit from the date on which you become a member of an unemployment fund with entitlement to unemployment benefit, and would thus have received unemployment benefit if you had not given birth.
❺ You are an apprentice in paid practical training under an education programme that is governed by or in accordance with statutory regulations.
Please note that if you receive maternity benefit due to paid practical training, you will still be entitled to benefit after the end of the practical training period.
Please note that it is possible to receive both state education grant and maternity benefit at the same time. An exception to this rule is that you gained the maternity benefit entitlement on the basis of paid practical training. Please remember the maximum amount you may earn in addition to the state education grant, which is increased if you become a breadwinner.
If your maternity period begins more than one month after you complete your studies, you will only be entitled to maternity benefit if you are a member of an unemployment insurance fund. Remember to join an unemployment insurance fund no later than 14 days after you complete your studies.
If you become a student member no later than 12 months before you complete your studies, you can avoid the five-week waiting period. Please note that if you are already enrolled as a student member of an unemployment insurance fund, you must contact the fund to change your status when you have completed your studies.
Even though you would be entitled to maternity benefit if the maternity period were to commence within one month after you complete your studies, please note that you will only be eligible for unemployment benefit after your maternity leave if you join an unemployment insurance fund, as stated above.
If you do not fulfil the requirements and are thus not entitled to maternity benefit, you can apply to the local authority for social assistance during the maternity period. This is subject to the condition that you do not have any capital, or a spouse who can provide for you.
If you have to extend your studies due to illness, you can apply for extra monthly state education grant portions for the period by which your studies are extended. You will require documentation from your doctor for the period during which you have not been fully engaged in your studies.
Speak to your local grant office at your educational institution.
You are entitled to sick leave benefit from your employer for up to 30 calendar days if you have been continuously employed for the last eight weeks before your sick leave, and were employed for at least 74 hours during this period.
You can apply for sick leave benefit from the local authority if:
☑ You have been part of the labour market on an uninterrupted basis during the last 26 weeks before the illness arose, and were employed for at least 240 hours during this period.
☑You became ill during a paid practical training period.
Sick leave benefit is paid on the basis of the income you have lost, and can be paid at the same time as a state education grant. If you began the education programme before you became ill, as a general rule you can continue your course to an unlimited extent. However, your course attendance must be compatible with the treatment of your illness, so that your period of illness is not extended as a result.
Speak to your local authority's sick leave benefit office.
You may be considered for rehabilitation if your working capacity is limited for physical, psychological or social reasons. The local authority must assess your working capacity and approve your education plan.
Support is given in the form of grants to cover your education expenses, such as books and transport, and/or rehabilitation benefit that replaces your state education grant. You should apply to your local authority for rehabilitation benefit.
SPS (special educational support) is a scheme to ensure that students with a physical or psychological functional impairment can complete an education programme on an equal footing with other students, for example with the help of secretarial assistance, aids to support reading, an ergonomically-designed workplace, or a mentor. You can apply for SPS at your educational institution. See more at www.spsu.dk
As a general rule, students cannot receive social assistance, i.e. financial assistance from the local authority.
In exceptional cases, however, it is possible to apply:
☑ If you are unable to work due to illness and have no other means of supporting yourself, including the Danish Students' Grants and Loans Scheme or a loan to complete your studies.
☑ If you are no longer supported by a spouse, due to divorce, and are not entitled to state education grants and loans, or a loan to complete your studies.
☑ If you are not entitled to state education grants and loans, or a loan to complete your studies, and instead have taken full-time work in order to earn a living, and have then become unemployed.
☑ If you are subject to rehabilitation, are taking an education programme as part of a job creation scheme, or are receiving tuition reimbursement or similar.
If you have taken leave from your studies, you can only receive social assistance if you have no monthly state education grant portions left or are not entitled to a loan to complete your studies.
After you have completed your studies, if you have no other means of support you can receive social assistance until you receive your first salary payment, or the first unemployment benefit payment from the unemployment insurance fund.
In some cases, the social assistance will be subject to a repayment obligation. Some local authorities will require you to take part in a job creation scheme during the waiting period.
If you join the unemployment insurance fund no later than 12 months before you complete your studies, you will avoid the waiting period and will be able to transfer directly to unemployment benefit.
If you leave your studies without completing them, and have no other income or capital, you may also be eligible to receive social assistance.
The Danish Act on an Active Social Policy makes it possible to apply for assistance in special cases where you do not have the financial resources to meet the expenses to cover, for example:
• Medical expenses, medicine, dental treatment or similar. Assistance can only be granted if the treatment is necessary on health grounds.
• Expenses for relocation that improves the applicant's housing or employment situation, including by moving to a home at a lower rent.
• Contact with own children under 18 years of age.
If you have a permanent physical or mental function impairment that prevents you from taking employment during your studies, you can apply for disability supplement. You can apply for the supplement via the State Education Grant Office and it is granted as a supplement to the ordinary state education grant.
Please note that you must submit medical documentation of your functional impairment. Please contact your local State Education Grant Office and read more on the Danish Students' Grants and Loans Scheme's website.