Eligibility for family allowance after change of studies longer than thought!

13. July 2018
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The ÖH fought for: The shortening of the standing time by crediting from the previous studies after a late change of studies does not also shorten the actual duration of studies and entitlement to family allowance.

Changes of study made later than after the second semester result in a waiting period for family allowance entitlement in the new study program. In the case of a late transfer, credits from previous study will shorten this standing time. Previously, moreover, these credits were included in the eligibility period for the new degree.

In the case at hand, student A changes her studies after six semesters and thus late. In the new program, five semesters could be credited, reducing the waiting period to one semester. According to the Federal Fiscal Court, however, A had already reached the seventh semester of entitlement to family allowance – due to the crediting. This view was successfully challenged before the Administrative Court (VwGH of 28.02.2017, Ro 2016/16/0005-4).

The ÖH fought for: The shortening of the standing time by crediting from the previous studies after a late change of studies does not also shorten the actual duration of studies and entitlement to family allowance.

Further successes from consulting at www.oeh.ac.at/geschafft

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