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Education and participation

Education and participation

Under certain conditions, children and young people are entitled to benefits for education and participation - whether financial subsidies for school events, lunch, club, cultural or holiday activities, school transport, school supplies or learning support.

Children and young people are eligible if their parents receive a child supplement, housing benefit, benefits according to Social Code Book II, basic security in old age and in case of permanent reduction in earning capacity, assistance for subsistence or benefits according to the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act or if they come from low-income families and have not received any of these benefits so far. In addition, young adults up to 25 years of age who are still at school and have no income are also supported.

  • School events

    For pupils (persons who are not yet 25 years old, attend a general education or vocational school and do not receive any training allowance) and children who attend a day-care centre, the costs for one-day excursions and for school trips lasting several days can be covered. Day-care facilities include crèches, kindergartens, after-school care and day care.

  • School supplies

    Pupils receive financial support for school equipment at the beginning of the first school semester and at the beginning of the second school semester. The aim is to facilitate the purchase of school bags, sports equipment, writing, arithmetic and drawing materials.

  • School transport

    Pupils who attend the nearest school and whose way to school is more than three kilometres will receive a subsidy for their school transport costs if the costs are not covered by another party.

  • Learning support

    Children and young people sometimes need support to achieve their learning goals at school. The costs of appropriate learning support are covered if an essential learning goal - for example, graduation from school - is at risk.

  • Lunchtime catering

    If schools and day-care centres offer lunch, the costs for this can be covered within the framework of the benefits for education and participation.

  • Social & Culture

    Children and young people under the age of 18 can receive a monthly budget for club, cultural or holiday activities. In exceptional cases, this budget may also be used for equipment (instruments, sportswear, etc.).

Submit applications

For benefits from the area of education and participation, a separate application is required for each child. Only personal school supplies do not have to be applied for separately if the child is already receiving benefits under Social Codes II and XII. The benefits are generally provided as benefits in kind, services or cash benefits. Invoices, receipts, registrations, etc. should be kept in a safe place, as they may be needed as proof.

Applications must be submitted in good time so that the children and young people can benefit from the benefits to the full extent. After the end of the approval period, the benefits for education and participation must be reapplied for. They are not automatically extended!

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