The BaföG student loan rate is not increased for students who are pregnant or have children. Even if they do not suspend their studies, students can still apply to extend their period of eligibility for BaföG student loans on the grounds that they are caring for and raising their child.
It is also a good idea to apply for Wohngeld (housing benefit) for the child.
Students who are pregnant may be able to obtain financial support in the form of an AStA loan or funds from an appropriate foundation (e.g. Bundesstiftung Mutter und Kind). The Hildegardis Verein and Madame Courage offer financial support for student single parents. Information on these organisations is given below.
Information on Elterngeld (parental allowance), Kindergeld (child benefit) and maintenance payments can be found in the preceding sections of this brochure.
Detailed information on all of the above topics and others can be obtained from:
Fachhochschule Münster FH-Familienservice der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten
Postal adress: Hüfferstr. 27, Raum D 3.08 48149 Münster
Advice center: Johann-Krane-Weg 25 48149 Münster
Organisations in Münster
Financial support for female students during the final exam period
Madame Courage is a fundraising project which supports single parent students during the exam period. Where specific conditions are met, the project is able to provide financial assistance to help with living costs. Its goal is to enable single parents to complete their degrees, and thus help single mothers and fathers and their children towards a life of their choosing in which they are not dependent on state benefits.
Our advisors offer comprehensive information for students at all higher education institutions, including in particular international students, students who are pregnant, single parents and student couples with children.