Student Finance and Grants
In accordance with the Bremen Student Accounts Act of 2010, students with children can apply for their tuition fees to be deferred, reduced, or waived for up to six semesters after they have used up their student account credits, if they have cared for and raised a child under the age of twelve during their studies. These cases are regulated in Article 5 Use of Student Account Credits.
The Family Portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth provides a good overview of all family benefits.
Student assistants may be entitled to maternity allowance or maternity pay supplement by the employer. For more information, please visit the websites of the Administrative Department 02 for Human Resources on the topic maternity protection (in German only).
There are some special rules for students with children who are applying for a BAföG student loan. You can get advice on this from the Social Counselling of the Student Services Organization or the BAföG and Social Counselling of the AStA student council.
Housing in Bremen
You can find reasonably prized rental apartments on the websites of Gewoba, BREBAU, the Bremer Wohnungsbaugenossenschaften (Bremen housing cooperations), or the Bremen bulletin board Schwarzes Brettunder housing offers (Wohnungsangebote) or shared flats (Wohngemeinschaften). All websites are in German.
Students with children can apply for housing allowance, as long as they or (a) person(s) they live with are not entitled to a BAföG student loan. You can find more information on the regulations on the website of the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing, Division Housing Allowance (in German only).
Bafög, Education loans
Additionally, there are foundations that support in particular people on low income:
- The Federal Foundation Mother and Child – provides financial support, for instance, towards a layette, household items etc.
- The Evangelical Church of Bremen, the Catholic Church, pro familia etc. also provide assistance for mothers-to-be.
The online guide Stipendienlotse (in German only) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides a comprehensive list of the grants and scholarships students can apply for.
The Social Counseling Service of the Student Services Organization advises you on grants, scholarships, and other forms of financial assistance.