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Professorships Department

Family Benefits (Family and Education Allowances)

Professors at UZH may apply to the Professorships Department for family benefits for their children.

What To Do

To enable us to review your entitlement to family benefits, please complete the SVA's employee application form (in German), sign it, and send it with the necessary enclosures to the Professorships Department (

Changes to your entitlement to the allowance (e.g. should your child begin an vocational training course) must also be reported to the Professorships Department
(, using the SVA's employee change reporting form (in German).

Family benefits are paid out by UZH with your monthly salary.

Duty to report

It is your responsibility to always report any changes in your personal circumstances or changes affecting the child in connection with family allowances immediately in writing to the Professorships Department 
This includes in particular events such as:

  • Birth/death or departure of a child from Switzerland;
  • Beginning/termination or discontinuation of a child's education;
  • Separation/divorce or changes in parental care;
  • Higher/lower annual gross income due to the other parent taking up/giving up gainful employment and change of canton in which the other parent is gainfully employed or in which the child resides;
  • Other similar changes in you/the child.

Unjustified receipt of benefits and violation of reporting obligations are punishable by law.
We would also like to refer you to the further information (incl. information sheet) on family allowances, which you can access via the links below.
We thank you in advance for your due consideration and timely cooperation in this matter.

Family benefits are paid as follows (as at August 2023):

In the Canton of Zurich, family allowances consist of age-dependent child allowances and education allowances.
As a rule, your child enters the Kindergarten or the Introductory Level when he or she reaches the age of four (the cut-off date is 31 July).

a) Child allowance

  • The child allowance in the Canton of Zurich amounts to CHF 200 per month per child until the end of the month in which the child reaches the age of 12 (12th birthday);
  • Thereafter (between age 12 to age 15/16) it amounts to CHF 250 per child;
  • If the child is incapable of working (Art. 7 ATSG), the allowance is paid until the child reaches the age of 20.

b) Education allowance:

  • For young people in education the following applies: from the age of 16 – or from the age of 15 if the child is 15 years old at the start of the education (cut-off date 31 July) and has completed compulsory schooling – until completion of education, but no longer than until the end of the month in which the child reaches the age of 25 (25th birthday), there is an education allowance of CHF 250 per child.

Weiterführende Informationen


University of Zurich
Professorships Department
Maria Marciello
Künstlergasse 15
8001 Zurich

Phone: +41 44 634 20 25