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Social Allowance Benefits ("Sozialgeld")

Social benefits are a partial performance of Unemployment Benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) for non-employable relatives in need of financial support who are living in one household with employable household/family members. Even if students are exempted from the benefits of Arbeitslosengeld II as a rule, students’ children who have not completed their fifteenth year may receive social benefits if their livelihood is not secured otherwise. From the age of fifteen onwards, children are entitled to Unemployment Benefit II themselves.

When applying for social benefits, the employment office starts with calculating the child’s need. According to the regulations of the Social Security Code II (SGB II), this need is composed of the so-called standard rate and the housing costs rate. During the following income calculation, the child’s income (child benefits, alimony or advance child maintenance payment) and any surplus parental income will be counted against the child’s need. When calculating the parental income, the BAföG maximum rate is taken as education-related need plus potential increased demands due to pregnancy or the status as a single parent. Any income exceeding this need is consequently counted against the payable social allowance benefit. Any exceeding child’s income may only be counted against the need of the other household members in need of financial support up to the amount of child benefit.

You will find further information on the amount of standard benefits, the application procedure and legal basis at the Familien-Wegweiser des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (Family Guide of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth).



Studentenwerk Hannover
Social and International Affairs Dept.

Lodyweg 1 C
30167 Hannover

Phone +49 511 76-88 919
Phone +49 511 76-88 922
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Fax +49 511 76-88 927

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