Explanation on school supplies

Since 2011, Leistungen für Bildung und Teilhabe (benefits for education and participation) have been taken into consideration for children, teenagers and young adults in addition to their regular monthly requirements.

This also includes a contribution to personal school supplies.

  • Who receives this benefit?

    School pupils who

    • attend a general or vocational school,
    • do not receive any training payment,
    • are younger than 25 years old,
    • receive benefits in accordance with Book II of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB II), Book XII of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB XII) – German Social Insurance Code, the Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz (AsylbLG – Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act), housing benefit (Wohngeld) or child benefit (Kinderzuschlag).
  • What are personal school supplies?

    Pupils receive this benefit as a lump sum to purchase the items they require at the beginning of a school year. In addition to a school bag, this also includes stationery, calculation and drawing materials, e.g. workbooks, pens, coloured pencils, pair of compasses, set squares and erasers.

  • How is the benefit performed?

    The benefit is paid out twice a year as a lump sum at the beginning of a school semester.

    The payment is transferred onto your account on 1st August to the amount of EURO 70, and on 1st February to the amount of EURO 30.

  • How does it work?

    If you receive housing or child benefit, you may apply to Pro Arbeit for the payment of school supplies. To do this, simply take the MACH MIT : : Hefte, Stifte & Co (Notebooks, pens etc.) : : form from the “ Komm – Mach mit” checkbook, complete this, enclose your housing benefit or child benefit notification and send it all to Pro Arbeit. Your Administrator will check the application and transfer the money onto your account if it is approved.

    For pupils who already receive benefits according to the SGB II, an additional application is not required. Anyone receiving SGB II benefits automatically receives this benefit for their children in full-time compulsory education if the stated pre-conditions are fulfilled.

    For pupils who are 15 years old and over, it is essential that a certificate of school attendance is presented to Pro Arbeit.

Guidelines for completion of the applications KOMM – MACH MIT
You may claim the costs from the beginning of the month in which the application is submitted. Applications can be made for children, teenagers and young adults if they are under 25 years, attend school and do not receive training payment. Applications can also be submitted for children if they go to nursery school. Please find more details on the application forms.

Important guidelines on data protection
Your data will be processed in accordance with the legal regulations (§§ 60 to 65 Book I of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB I - German Social Insurance Code) and the § 67 a, b, c Book X of the Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB X). Your data will be kept confidential (social secrecy principle).