Current information

Energiepreispauschale (200€ one-time payment for students)

Who gets the one-time payment?

All students who were enrolled at an institution of higher education in Germany as 1st of December 2022, and had their place of residence or habitual abode in Germany as 1st of December 2022.

Do I have to apply for the one-time payment?

Yes. It will be possible to apply for the one-off payment from March 15. The website has already been activated and provides information on the procedure and general questions on the subject. Starting Wednesday, February 15, a hotline is to be activated for individual questions. You will receive the access code for registration from your university.

What can you do now?

You can create a BundID account, which is necessary to prove your identity. You will also need your online ID or your personal Elster certificate. For the online ID function you need an up-to-date smartphone and an identification app.

When will it be paid out?

It is not known exactly when the one-time payment will be paid out.

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Heizkostenzuschuss II

Who is entitled to the subsidy?

  •  All BAföG and Wohngeld recipients
  •  People in upgrading training and trainees with vocational training allowance or training allowance

To be eligible, you must have received a grant (e.g. BAföG or housing subsidy) for at least one month from September to December.

How much is the subsidy?

  • Students, trainees and pupils receive 345€. 
  • Wohngeld households staggered according to the number of persons:
    • 1-person household 415€
    • 2-person household 540€
    • Each additional person +100€

Does the Heizkostenzuschuss II have to be applied for?

No, as with the 1st Heizkostenzuschuss subsidy, this is paid directly to the respective subsidy beneficiaries by transferring it to the account.


When will the grant be paid out?

According to current information, probably from the end of February 2023 (as 8th of February 2023).

Other important changes in 2023


Kindergeld was increased to 250€ per child on 1st of January. You can find out more here.


The new Bürgergeld replaces “Hartz IV” and includes an increase in the standard rates. For students, the Bürgergeld is only relevant in exceptional cases. You can find out more here.


Many health insurance companies are increasing their additional premiums. Customers do not have to be explicitly informed about this. If in doubt, check the website of your health insurance company. You can find an overview here.


The Wohngeld rate will be increased significantly with the new “Wohngeld Plus”, and more households will also benefit from the Wohngeld. Further information can be found here. The housing benefit calculator has also been updated in this context.

To the housing benefit calculator


The Düsseldorfer Tabelle, which serves as a guideline for Unterhalt payments, was adjusted in its needs rates in 2023.