Please mind the following text is an extremely simplified and shortened description of social welfare regulations. For more detailed information, contact your local social welfare office.
Social welfare can be claimed by people who are not capable of gainful employment. It has two general components:
The amount of support in both components equals the amount paid through unemployment benefits II.
Special regulations are in place for cases such as pregnancy, disability, single parenthood.
Social welfare for students
Students themselves cannot claim social welfare benefits. But children of students can claim social welfare benefits if the income of their parents (including public grants) and of the children themselves (child benefits) together do not cover the livelihood of the family.
Claims to social welfare need to be made in your local social welfare office.