In order to receive unemployment benefits when you graduate, you must change your status to graduate no later than 14 days after finishing your studies. You can do this by filling in the form Skift medlemsstatus fra studerende til nyuddannet (change membership status from student to graduate). If you forget this, you will not be able to receive unemployment benefits until you are able to fulfill an income critea, which is a minumum of DKK 246,924 (2022) within a year, after being a member for 1 year.
Wait to change status until your know the date for your last exam
If you know that you will be finished within the next month, but do not know the exact date yet, wait to change your status, until you know the exact date of you last exam.
If there is more than 1 month untill you graduate, you have to extend your free student membership. You do that by filling in the form Forlængelse af gratis studiemedlemskab (Extension of free student membership).
You also have to apply for unemployment benefits
It is not enough just to change status to get unemployment benefits (dagpenge) as a new graduate. You also have to register as unemployed at jobnet.dk on day 1 after finishing your studies. This is the day you start earning your right to unemployment benefits, when you have been a student member for at least one year. So please remember:
- To register as unemployed at jobnet.dk
- To apply for benefits by filling in the form Ledighedserklæring (statement of unemployment).
You are a new graduate when getting the last graduate
There are several ways you can finish your studies:
- An oral exam where you defend your thesis or bachelor project
- A thesis or bachelor project. In this case, the date of your last exam is when your supervisor and examiner have signed a pre-approval or you have obtained your grade.
It is a requirement that all grades have been awarded and all student activities have stopped. Student activities include participating in tutorials, exams or defending a thesis etc.
If you have a student job
You can keep your student job if you work part-time. In this case, you can apply for supplementary unemployment benefits. You can do this by stating that you will continue in a part-time job, when you fill out the ledighedserklæring (statement of unemployment).
If, on the other hand, you are considering quitting your student job, it is important that you resign and do so before you finish your studies. You will get a quarantine of 3 weeks, if you quit the job after completing your education. This means that you cannot get unemployment benefits for 3 weeks. Therefore, please contact us in advance, if you are considering quitting your student job.
Become a member as a bachelor and secure your unemployment benefits
You can change your status from student to a new graduate, on the basis of a completed bachelor degree. This ensures that you earn the right to receive unemployment benefits, if you discontinue your master's studies before graduating. This way of securing your right to unemployment benefits, will be valid for two years.
You have to pay for your membership
When you are no longer a student, you will have to pay for the membership at Akademikernes A-kasse. This is the case from the first day after your last exam. Therefore, it is important that you let us know if you postpone the completion of your studies. This way, you avoid receiving a membership fee invoice.
Approximately 14 days before the payment deadline, you will receive a letter by mail with payment information. We recommend you sign up for Betalingsservice (automatic payment), but you can only do so after paying manually the first time. You pay in advance for one quarter at a time.