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Apply for funding for education and participation of children/young adults receiving benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act (AsylbLG)

You can receive financial support for various activities through the education and participation package. The support is aimed at children, young people and young adults.

The benefits from the education and participation package are granted as part of certain social benefits. Asylum seeker benefits are among these social benefits. If you are entitled to benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, you can apply for financial support from the education and participation package regardless of your age:

Up to the maximum age of 18:

  • Participation in social and cultural life, for example in a sports club or music school, is funded with up to EUR 15.00 per month.

Up to a maximum of 25 years of age:

  • For one-day excursions by schools, day care centers and in child day care, the actual costs are reimbursed.
  • The actual costs of excursions lasting several days organized by day-care centres and childminders as well as school trips within the framework of school regulations are covered.
  • The provision of personal school supplies is funded annually with two lump sums at the start of each school year. The amount differs between the first and second half of the school year.
  • The necessary actual expenses for transportation to the nearest school of the chosen course of education (monthly student tickets) are covered.
  • The costs of additional appropriate learning support are covered insofar as they are necessary to achieve the learning objectives defined in accordance with school regulations.
  • Expenses for communal lunchtime meals for pupils (if the school is responsible for them) and for children in daycare centers and childminders are paid.

The implementation of the education package is organized locally in the districts and independent cities. As a general rule, anyone receiving asylum seeker benefits should contact the foreigners authority for benefits from the education and participation package.

To the local social welfare office

  • You or the children, adolescents or young adults concerned:
    • receive asylum seeker benefits,
    • attend a general or vocational school, a day care center or child day care.
  • Upper age limit for participation benefits for cultural, sports and leisure activities in the community: 18 years of age
  • Excursions:
    • Excursions lasting several days must be within the scope of school regulations.
  • Personal school supplies
    • For children under the age of 7 or if the child attends a secondary school after the 10th school year, you must provide a school certificate.
  • School transport
    • The costs are not covered in full by third parties, such as the school authority. If only part of the travel costs are covered by third parties, only the personal contribution can be reimbursed.
    • The distance between your place of residence and your school or institution is greater than the applicable minimum distance.
    • Under certain circumstances, the nearest institution may also have a special focus, for example a sports or language profile, or it may be a Waldorf school.
  • Extracurricular learning support
    • The school must confirm that you need additional learning support. If there are school offers, you must use them as a priority. It does not matter whether your promotion is at risk.
    • The learning support is offered by a suitable provider or a suitable private person.
  • Communal lunchtime meals
    • You or your child attend a school, a daycare center, a daycare facility or an after-school care center.
    • Lunch is provided by the facility or is agreed in a cooperation agreement with the facility (e.g. between the school and after-school care center).
    • The food is served and eaten communally.

The responsible office will inform you of any documents that may be required.

Fee: free of charge
There are no costs.

You can receive the benefits if the authority recognizes your need for help.

The deadlines set by the competent authority for the submission of documents must be complied with. If you are unable to do so for understandable reasons, you must apply for an extension. Otherwise, the competent authority may refuse to provide you with the benefit due to non-compliance with your statutory obligations to cooperate.

This also applies to the objection periods, i.e. if you do not agree with the decision - not only with the rejection notice, but also with the approval notice (amount of the resulting benefit entitlement).

Period of Validity: 0 - 12 Months
The period of validity depends on your benefit notification.

Processing Time: 0 - 6 Months

  • The legal process for applicants is outlined in the respective notification of the application:
    • Appeal to the authority issuing the decision
    • Legal action before the social court

You must submit a separate application for school requirements if your child is either still under 7 years old or has already completed the 10th school year but is attending a secondary school. In these cases, a school certificate must be submitted as proof.

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Arbeit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Marion Budden
Telephone: 05931 44-1619
E 619
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)