SU

Parents

If you become a parent while you are a student, you can apply for monthly parental payments.

Monthly parental payments are extra SU payments – if you become a mother, you will be entitled to 12 monthly maternity payments, whilst as a father you will be entitled to six monthly paternity payments.

The monthly parental payments can be transferred in three different ways – as single, double or mixed monthly parental payments.

Single monthly parental payments

Single monthly parental payments are transferred as one single payment per month, and you are thus entitled to the parental payments for 12 months as a mother or 6 months as a father. There are no active enrolment requirements for this form of payment, i.e. receiving monthly parental payments instead of your regular SU, and you can thus take parental leave without following your course of study.

Double monthly parental payments

Double monthly parental payments are transferred as two payments a month, and you are thus entitled to the parental payments for 6 months as a mother or 3 months as a father. There are no active enrolment requirements for this form of payment, i.e. receiving monthly parental payments instead of your regular SU, and you can thus take parental leave without following your course of study.

Mixed monthly payments

Mixed monthly payments are transferred as one parental payment and one regular SU payment a month, and you thus have the option of receiving mixed monthly payments for 12 months as a mother or 6 months as a father. As you are receiving regular SU, with this form of payment there is a requirement that you be actively enrolled. You are thus subject to the general regulations regarding active enrolment, which you can read about in the page ‘Active enrolment’ or at www.su.dk

It is up to you to decide, how you wish the monthly parental payments to be paid out, and you have the option of combining the different forms of payment.

NB:
You are entitled to monthly maternity/paternity payments even if you have used up your regular monthly SU payments. However, it is a requirement that you be actively enrolled the month before you want the parental payment transferred.    

If you have been given equal status according to EU law and therefor receive SU based on your status as a worker under EU law, you must still fulfil these conditions to receive the SU.

It means, that if you become a parent while studying and you take leave from your job, you must either receive payment during your maternity leave or receive maternity pay in order to maintain your status as an EU worker in Denmark while you are on leave.

You can be asked to submit documentation for receiving either maternity pay or payment during your maternity leave.

Read more about how submit documentation for receiving either maternity pay or payment during your maternity leave.

How do I apply?

You must apply for monthly parental payments at minSU under ‘Søg SU > Fødselsklip’. You can apply for monthly parental payments one month before payment transfer at the earliest. This means that if you wish to receive monthly parental payments in March the earliest you can apply is in February.

When you have completed the application, you must save the receipt page and upload it via the link below.

Together with the receipt page, you must upload relevant documentation.

  • As a mother, you must submit a copy of your pregnancy records, updated at least up to the 22nd week, or a copy of the birth certificate/certificate of personal data, or a declaration of personal care and responsibility with official endorsement.
  • As a father, you must submit documentation certifying your paternity. If you apply for monthly parental payments before the birth you must send a copy of the pregnancy record and a marriage certificate or a declaration of personal care and responsibility with official authorities. If you do not apply for monthly parental payments until you have become a father you can send a copy of the birth certificate/certificate of personal data.

When can I apply?

Mothers can at the earliest have monthly maternity payments transferred two months before the due date, whilst fathers cannot have monthly paternity payments transferred until at the earliest the month of the child’s birth.

If you wish to change the transfer of monthly parental payments, e.g. from single to double payment, you must send an email to the SU Office.

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