Following the funds for workers and pensioners to support against energy costs, the German government is now offering a one-off payment of 200 euros to students: the Energiepreispauschale or Einmalzahlung. This support comes as a response to the energy price spikes and should support you with your bills. Here’s what you need to know and how to apply!
You can apply for the student energy relief bonus if you are a student in Germany or were enrolled as a student in Germany in December 2022. You’ll also need to be a resident registered here. If you are studying a vocational degree, it will need to be a course that runs for at least two years for you to be eligible. If you are studying abroad and not matriculated in Germany you are not eligible.
You need to submit your application on the Einmalzahlung200 website and will need to create a BundID account for this. To create this account, you will need to prove your identity which you can do in one of two ways:
Elster is Germany’s central website for all things tax. If you do not have a personal Elster certificate you can sign up for one here. It will take a little longer since they send you log in details via email and post. You will need your federal tax number to this.
Using one of these methods, you can create an account on BundID which you will use to prove your identity when logging into the Einmalzahlung200 website.
It seems a lot! But if you take the time, that’s 200 euros in your pocket! Some students, we have heard, received their payment within a matter of days! We hope we’ve helped you with these steps. Here are a few useful information points, too.
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