Financial support

Welcome fee from the StuRa and the Studentenwerk FFO

In order to support young parents at the university, the student council has decided since the winter semester 2008/2009 a welcome fee (parental allowance from the STuRa) of EUR 100 for the newborns of registered students of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Furthermore, the Studentenwerk Frankfurt (Oder) pays 50 euros each to enrolled students with newborns.

Additional Information

Application form for the welcome fee from the StuRa and the Studentenwerk Pages of the StuRa of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg Information on the welcome fee from the Studentenwerk Frankfurt / Oder

Childcare surcharges

Childcare surcharges are granted if additional childcare is required due to participation in scientific and university-related conferences, such as in the evening, at the weekend or outside of childcare hours.

The surcharge is generally intended for students and university staff of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg who attend a conference at the location of the university or inside or outside the state of Brandenburg. In justified cases, the supplement is also aimed at participants with children who come from outside and attend a conference at a Brandenburg university.

Appropriate applications can be made to the family office by November 15th at the latest. If more applications are submitted than funds are available, a working group decides on the approval.

Child benefit

All parents who are resident in Germany can receive child benefit. Anyone who is not a German national must have a residence permit, or be a member of an EU state. Entitlement to child benefit arises when the child is born and ends at the age of 25 at the latest. In order to receive child benefit, an application must be sent to the responsible family fund.

Family fund Cottbus
Thiemstraße 135, 03048 Cottbus

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

T +40 (0) 1801 546 337 (Festnetz 3,9 ct/min, Mobil max. 42 ct/min)
F +49 (0) 355 4864 555

Parental allowance

The parental allowance is intended to give parents the opportunity to look after their offspring after their birth, despite having a job. All mothers and fathers with German or EU citizenship who live or work in Germany and who look after and raise their children themselves after birth are entitled to parental benefit; work a maximum of 30 hours a week; live with their children in a household and have their habitual residence in Germany. The basic parental allowance is paid to fathers and mothers for a maximum of 14 months. Both parents can freely divide the period between themselves. Lone parents who receive parental allowance to compensate for the loss of earned income can claim the full 14 months of parental allowance due to the missing partner. Low earners are given special consideration. The minimum amount is 300 euros. With the introduction of Elterngeld Plus and the four additional partnership bonus months since January 1, 2015, the existing Federal Parental Benefits and Parental Leave Act (BEEG) was reformed. The regulations allow more options for how parents want to look after their child in the first years of life. Parents who opt for a quick return to work after the birth of a child receive more financial support than before. In addition, parents are to be rewarded who share equal employment and educational work for at least four months of their child's life. You can receive Parental Benefit Plus for longer (up to 28 months) in the form of the new partnership bonus months.

In the state of Brandenburg, parental allowance must be applied for in writing from the district or parish town's parental allowance office (usually the youth welfare office) in which you are resident. It should be noted that the parental allowance is paid retrospectively for a maximum of three months before the start of the month in which the application was received by the parental allowance office.

Parental allowance of the city of Cottbus

Karl-Marx-Strasse 67, 03044 Cottbus T +49 (0) 355 612 0

Additional Information:

Service center for working life and parental leave advises companies and (expectant) parents on maternity leave, parental leave and return to work. Parental allowance calculator of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth

Childcare allowance for BAföG

The BAföG can be increased by a childcare allowance. This must be applied for separately (payment will then also be made retrospectively, the application must be received by the BAföG office at the latest at the end of the approval period!). The application is definitely worth it, it's about 130 euros / month for each child! Children up to the age of 10 are eligible. The surcharge is paid as a grant (not subject to repayment).

Social fund for the semester ticket

At the Student council of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, students who cannot afford the semester ticket can apply for a grant to support the payment of the semester ticket fee. In the case of a grant, the applicant retains full travel authorization - in contrast to the exemption from the contribution obligation. Initially, a grant can only be applied for if you have not been able to free yourself from the contribution obligation. In order to receive a grant, it must be unreasonable for the applicant to acquire the semester ticket. Acquisition is unreasonable if the purchase of the semester ticket is made difficult by a particular hardship and cannot be covered by your own income and assets. A particular hardship includes pregnancy or the care and upbringing of at least one minor child without a partner.

Foundations and grants

In some cases, foundations offer financial support especially for studying with a child. In order to receive a scholarship, requirements must be met that depend on the respective foundation. You can get an overview at