Standard rates

Standard rates

Your livelihood is granted in so-called standard rates.

The standard rates include the costs of food, personal hygiene, water heating, household effects, clothing, household electricity and everyday necessities (e.g. travelling expenses).

Children between the ages of 18 and 25 are calculated together with their parents living in the household as a community of need. Adult children who have reached the age of 25 must submit their own application.

Group of people

standard benefit

Single persons, single parents

563 euros

Couples (per partner) / need communities

506 Euro

18 to 24-year-old members of the benefit community/persons under 25 who move without assurance

451 euros

Young people aged 14 to 17

471 euros

Children from 6 to 13 years

390 euros

Children from 0 to 5 years

357 Euro

In addition to the standard rates, you will receive additional benefits if you fulfil one of the following conditions:

  • expectant mothers after the 12th week of pregnancy
  • Single parents (depending on the number and age of the children)
  • People with disabilities, provided they receive benefits for participation in working life in accordance with Book 9 of the German Social Code (SGB IX)
  • Persons who are dependent on a more cost-intensive diet due to illness (must be proven by a medical certificate)
  • Additional requirements for hot water (if hot water is produced decentrally)

Here you can find the overview of standard requirements and additional requirements for 2024

Children, adolescents and young adults can receive benefits from the education and participation package in addition to the standard monthly requirement. You can find out more here.

In addition to the standard benefits, you can apply for one-off benefits as a subsidy in the following cases:

  • for the initial furnishing of your home, including household appliances (only if you are setting up your own household for the first time)
  • for clothing in the event of pregnancy and initial equipment for the birth of a child
  • for the purchase and repair of orthopaedic shoes, for the repair of therapeutic devices and equipment and for the hire of therapeutic devices

You can also apply for one-off benefits, e.g. for the replacement of furniture and household appliances, electricity or rent debts.
These are usually granted as loans.