How to Apply for the €200 Energy Relief Payout?
Students in Germany can now apply for the €200 energy relief payout. This relief payout is aimed at easing the burden on students struggling financially due to the pandemic and inflation. The application portal, as of yet, is open from March 15 to September 30.
In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the €200 one-off payment.
Step 1: Check Your Eligibility
The first step is to ensure that you are eligible to receive the €200 one-off payment. To qualify, you must be a student enrolled in a German university, technical or vocational. Additionally, you must be enrolled in the summer semester of 2022, that is on 1 December 2022. Furthermore, the payment is not subject to tax and can be accessed whether or not the students are utilizing any BAföG student loans.
Step 2: BundID
The BundID is used as a digital ID proof. If you already have a BundID account, your can skip to the next step directly.
You can set up your BundID in three ways:
- Via the online ID function of your German ID card or electronic residence permit.
- Via your ELSTER certificate
- Via your eID card [For EU citizens only]
Head to the BundID website to create your own ID. Applicants will receive an automated access code through email.
Step 3: Apply Online
To apply for the €200 one-off payment, you will need to visit the BAföG portal and fill out an application form. Once you have accessed the portal, you will need to create an account and provide your personal information, including your name, date of birth, and address. The access code will be required in this step.
Step 4: Complete the Application Form
After you have created an account, you can proceed to fill out the application form. You will need to provide the required documents, including your student ID, proof of enrollment, and bank account details. Make sure that all the information you provide is accurate and up-to-date.
Step 5: Submit the Application
Once you have completed the application form, you can submit it online. After submission, you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number. Keep this number safe as it will be required if you need to follow up on your application.
Step 6: Wait for Confirmation
After submitting your application, you will need to wait for confirmation that your application has been received and processed. The processing time may vary, but you can expect to receive a response within a few weeks. The payment amount will automatically be transferred to your bank accounts.
Students should note that the application for the one-off payment can only be accessed online.
The €200 one-off payment is a great relief to students who have been struggling financially due to the pandemic. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can apply for this payment and receive much-needed relief. Remember to check your eligibility and gather the necessary documents to apply. With these simple steps, you can receive the €200 one-off payment and ease your financial burden.