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Education and participation

Education and participation

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

Children and young people are eligible if their parents receive a child allowance, housing benefit, benefits under Social Code II, basic security in old age and in the event of permanent reduction in earning capacity, assistance with living costs or benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act, or if they come from low-income families and have not previously received any of these benefits. In addition, support is also provided to young adults up to the age of 25 who are still in school and have no income.

  • School events

    For schoolchildren (persons who are not yet 25 years old, attend a general or vocational school and do not receive an education allowance) and children attending a daycare facility, the costs of one-day excursions and of school trips lasting several days can be covered. Daycare facilities include day nurseries, kindergartens, after-school care centers and day care.

  • School supplies

    Pupils receive financial support for school equipment at the beginning of the first half of the school year and at the beginning of the second half of the school year. The aim is to make it easier for them to buy schoolbags, sports equipment, and writing, arithmetic and drawing materials.

  • School transport

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

  • Learning Support

    Children and young people sometimes need support to achieve 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 daycare centers offer lunch, the costs for this can be covered as part 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 vacation activities. In exceptional cases, this budget may also be used for equipment (instrument, 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 money. 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 children and young people can receive the full benefits. 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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