Social Authority

Apply for benefits from the education package

With the education package, special offers can be used at school, in child day care and in leisure time. You can apply for this educational package.

Important notes


Pupils who attend a general or vocational school or pre-school class receive benefits

  • Unemployment benefit II or social benefit (SGB II),
  • Social assistance or basic security benefits (SGB XII),
  • Benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG),
  • receive housing benefit or child allowance.
The family has a low income. Then, depending on the needs calculation, you can also receive all or part of the services from the Hamburg education package.

Age limits: The age limit is generally 25 years.
Deviation: This age limit does not apply in the Twelfth Social Code (SGB XII) and in the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG).

Documents required

For beneficiaries of child supplement:

  • Child benefit number (will be requested in the respective application form)

For socio-cultural participation services:
  • Application
  • Current notification of approval of the main benefit (housing benefit, SGB II, SGB XII, etc.)

For those entitled to benefits under the Second Social Code (SGB II):
  • Application
  • Current notification of approval of the main benefit (housing benefit, SGB II, SGB XII, etc.)

For all legal groups (SGB II, SGB XII, AsylbLG, housing benefit, child allowance):
  • In order to receive the school supplies flat rate, a school certificate must be submitted for children who are younger than 7 or older than 15 years.

Please note

Anyone who receives unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV) or social benefit does not have to submit a separate application for benefits for education and participation, the general application is sufficient. An additional application is only required for learning support.

Vocational school students who receive a training allowance, those entitled to benefits under SGB II and those aged 25 and over who are entitled to housing benefit and child supplements do not receive any benefits.


The claim expires 12 months after the end of the calendar month in which it arose.

Procedure & Fees


You can apply for benefits for education and participation using the forms provided. You can find these under the links below.
You fill out the application and send it to the authority listed in the application.
The responsibilities in Hamburg depend on the type of benefit applied for.

The Eimsbüttel district office is responsible for socio-cultural participation services:

Eimsbüttel district office
Specialist office for basic security and social affairs
Education and Participation – Clearinghouse
Grindelberg 62-66, 20144 Hamburg
Telephone: 040/42801-3267
Fax: 040 427 90-3109

Additional information for recipients of housing benefit and child allowance
For recipients of housing benefit or child benefit supplement, responsibility for all BuT services (flat-rate school supplies, one-day excursions, trips lasting several days, socio-cultural participation services, etc.) has been with the Eimsbüttel district office, central accounting office, since January 1, 2021.
Exceptions: In the case of lunchtime meals in school and daycare, student transport and learning support, the application is submitted via the school office or, in the case of lunchtime meals in daycare, via the responsible district office (further details in the descriptions of the individual services).



Legal notes

Legal remedies

Objections to this decision can be raised within one month of notification at the office specified in the letterhead.

Legal basis

Section 6b of the Federal Child Benefits Act (BKGG)

§§ 34 f. Social Code Book Twelfth (SGB XII)

§§ 28 f. Social Code Book Two (SGB II)

§ 2 Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG)

§ 3 Asylum Seekers Benefits Act (AsylbLG)

Downloads & Links

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Service description

For children, adolescents and young adults (under 25 years old) who attend a day care center, are cared for by a day care worker or attend a general or vocational school, costs for

  • one day trips,
  • multi-day trips as well
  • the costs for lunch in the day-care center or school are covered. In addition:
  • School supplies: Pupils receive a subsidy for learning materials every half year.
  • Learning support: Pupils who need tutoring receive free offers.
  • School transport: Bus or train tickets can be taken over for long distances between home and school.
  • Socio-cultural participation benefits: All children and young people up to their 18th birthday can receive benefits for activities in their free time. Participation in community, extracurricular activities in the areas of culture, music, sports, leisure time and more is funded (15 euros/month):
    • Sports, games and socializing - eg membership fee for the football club
    • Lessons in artistic subjects - eg music lessons, drama
    • Guided activities of cultural education - eg museum course
    • Participation in (holiday) leisure time - e.g. scout camp or instead
    • Equipment for these activities - eg buying a jersey, renting a musical instrument.
There are two ways to receive the flat rate of 15 euros per month:
  1. The payment should be made to you, as the beneficiary:
    As the beneficiary, you apply for the lump sum using the form “Settlement of benefits for socio-cultural participation – application by the beneficiary”. You can use this to certify the activity with the provider. Send the form to the Eimsbüttel district office together with a copy of your current permit notification or the short BuT notification. After the check, you will receive 15 euros per month on the account specified in the application and you will take care of paying the provider yourself.
  2. Direct settlement with the provider:
    Would you like the billing to take place directly between the provider and the city of Hamburg? Then present your notification of approval to the provider and provide them with the required information. The provider fills out the application form and sends it to the district office in Eimsbüttel and receives the actual monthly contributions for the participation offer directly.
If the participation offer costs less than 15 euros, the difference will be paid out to you as the person entitled to benefits. In this case, you must provide the Eimsbüttel District Office with the account details separately. If the offer costs more than 15 euros, you have to pay the remaining amount yourself.

Use the library for free:
In addition to these benefits of the education package, Hamburg finances an annual pass for the Hamburg library for all those entitled to claim. If you are interested, present your entitlement to benefits (approval or short notice) for free use.

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Address and contact information


Social Authority
SI 21
Control of assistance for livelihood, needs for accommodation and heating, basic issues
Hamburger Straße 47 22083 Hamburg

Room: 902

Facility info

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Public transport

U3 / Busse X22 / 37/261 Hamburger Straße, see also link HVV Geofox

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